Monday, March 23, 2015

Cleveland City Council announces plan to deal with poor conditions of streets - increasing funding by 2016 from $4.4 to $10 million per year

Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley held a meeting at noon Monday to announce a comprehensive plan to resurface city streets and fix pot holes.

The Council President provided information on intent to create a detailed systematic plan to resurface every roadway in the city at least every 20 years and maintain streets through aggressive crack sealing and repairing every year.

The following are notes from today's Council Caucus where we discussed plans for a comprehensive plan to deal with the poor conditions of City streets.

2012 Pavement Conditions Ratings for primary and secondary roadways in Cuyahoga County.  Source NOACA.
  • Funding Amounts -- City Council has in recent years been allocated $4.4 million per year, divided by the Wards for streets resurfacing.  In working with the Administration, Council estimates that the City would need to expend $8 to $10 million per year, to adequately maintain and bring the conditions of Cleveland streets to acceptable standards.
    • The city of Cleveland has spent approximately $31 million over the last ten years 10 years on streets resurfacing.  During those ten one year of funding was aggregated and expended using a pavement management system where the Administration made unilateral decisions of what streets would be resurfaced.  Another year funding was reallocated to focus on seal coating across the city, of streets that were resurfaced since 2008 - newer streets where best practices deem it is important to seal coat in years 2-4, which can extend a street's life by 2-5 years.
  • Street Resurfacing costs were referred to indicating the challenges of the increased costs for resurfacing and maintaining streets:  For the late 1980's early 1990's -- asphalt costs increased from an average of $6 per ton to between $15-20 per ton;  Trucking costs increased from $20 to almost $40 per truck load.
  • The plan calls for a comprehensive and systematic approach.  Five percent of the City's streets would be targeted for resurfacing per year.  Over a twenty year period, all City street's would be resurfaced.  The system began to a certain extent when the Administration and Council agreed to use bond funding tyo ensure all newer streets (two to four years old), were crack-seal coated several years ago.  Those A-conditioned streets will likely gain three to five years of useful life due to that best practice management approach.
  • Leveraging Bond Funds.  The City's Administration will continue to leverage City bond funds for obtaining matching NOACA and State road funding.  In recent years the City leveraged $2 million in City funding for $12 million in NOACA funding for purpose of resurfacing select Cleveland streets.  The amounts of funding needed for leveraging other funds will decrease.


  1. When was the City's last pavement management system completed?  2009, status of new update - completed a windshield survey, how do we sustain the system)
    • 2009; City Administration has conducted a "windshield survey" to update for this construction period the city's worst streets (5%).  List will be available soon for planning resurfacing expenditures for this year (estimated $6 million, $350k per Ward, or $110k more than previous year's $240k).
  2. Request a list of streets per ward with Pavement Condition Ratings (PSR) of all streets
    • As indicated above, City Administration will provide worst streets list per Ward, and an update of the City-wide PSR will be completed by 2016.
  3. Of the $8 to $10 million, does this include maintenance ?, i.e., seal coating, brick maintenance of brick streets, repairing failed utility cuts etc...
    • No.
  4. Resurfacing funds allocated to Wards must be spent each year. In response to balances of funds.
  5. Concern for transparency and responsible management - that data from the PSR and data showing what streets are done and how money is spent be communicated to Council and the public.
    • Discussion regarding other city departments and problems with sharing information and management systems and processes, i.e., 311-system, street plowing and pot-hole progress, etc..
  6. Alleys and Courts are considered public streets and will be eligible for the additional funding.
    • Discussion about the need to maintain alleys and courts and utilize them as service alleys as intended, i.e., trash collection, snow plowing, street light maintenance, etc..
  7. Concern for not guaranteeing a minimum amount to be allocated to each Ward and being told that funds will be allocated equitably and that Council leadership and the Administration will make decisions.
    • Some members discussed after the meeting for getting commitment for 75% - 80% of total funding distributed per year, for the next 5-years in equal distributions.  The remaining 20-25% would be utilized for equitable resurfacing as discussed.   


Thursday, March 5, 2015

CMSD Board of Education Presentation: Proposed Issue 4 Segment Plan

The following documents help explain CMSD's Facilities Plan released in mid-February and three area meetings scheduled for:  Cluster 4 - Clark Fulton & Stockyard (3/5), Cluster 5 - Old Brooklyn & Brooklyn Centre (3/11), and Cluster 3 - Ohio City & Tremont (3/24).

See below for details regarding the meetings, cluster packets and lastly the actual facilities plan.  Call 216-696-4950 for more information.


Cluster 4 - Clark Fulton & Stockyard
Thursday, March 5th at 5:00 pm at Clark School,
5550 Clark Avenue.  

CMSD Master Facilities Plan for the following schools in cluster 4; Clark, Thomas Jefferson, Walton and Lincoln West.

Cluster 3 - Ohio City & Tremont
Tuesday, March 24th, 5:00 pm

at Tremont Montessori, 2409 West 10th Street.

CMSD Master Facilities Plan for the following schools in cluster 3; Buhrer Dual Language, Garrett Morgan School Science, Kentucky, Luis Munoz Marin, Orchard STEM, Paul L. Dunbar, Scranton, and Tremont Montessori.

Cluster 5 - Old Brooklyn & Brooklyn Centre, 
Wednesday, March 11, 5:00 pm
at Charles Mooney, 3213 Montclair Avenue

CMSD Master Facilities Plan for the following schools in cluster 5; Benjamin Franklin, Charles A. Mooney, Denison, Facing History New Tech @ Charles A. Mooney, James Ford Rhodes, William Cullen Bryant, William Rainey Harper

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

City of Cleveland - 2015 Council Budget hearings , Mayor's Estimate and Council Oversight

Cleveland City Council begins today a two week process of reviewing Mayor Jackson's 2015 Budget Estimate.  Budget hearings begin at 9:00 am each day and will concluded on Friday February 27th.

Today's schedule:

General Fund Budget Hearings, February 17, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Ord. No. 110-15
By Council Member Kelley (by departmental request).  To make appropriations and provide current expenses for the daily operation of all municipal departments of the City of Cleveland for the fiscal year from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015.
  • Mayor's Letter of Transmittal
  • Finance Director's Statement
  • City Council and Clerk of Council
  • Office of the Mayor
  • Boards and Commissions
    • Board of Zoning Appeals
    • Board of Building Standards and Appeals
    • Boxing and Wrestling Commission
    • Landmarks Commission
  • City Planning Commission
  • Department of Aging
  • Community Relations Board

See the Council Legislative Calendar for details through Friday 2/27/15.

The following documents are the primary information that will be reviewed.  They include:
  • 2015 Mayor's Summary of Estimated Budget.
  • 2015 Cleveland City Council Budget Review Materials
  • 2013 City of Cleveland Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Cleveland Emergency Snow Ban Procedures

NOTICE -- Snow Emergency Parking Ban Declared – February 14 at 3:00 pm

In addition, see below "Cleveland Emergency Snow Ban Procedures".

Cleveland – Michael McGrath, Director of Public Safety for the City of Cleveland, has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Cleveland effective at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 14, 2015. As a result, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on city streets with posted red and white signs until further notice.

Parking is prohibited on snow emergency streets, which are identified as necessary for transportation, the movement of food and fuel, supplies, medical care, fire, health, police protection, and other vital city services. Significant snowfall can cause streets to become congested and impassable. Vehicles left in the roadway can prevent snow plows from clearing streets, which can make driving down these streets difficult. The resultant bottleneck can hamper emergency response.

For this reason, citizens are encouraged to avoid parking vehicles on all city streets to allow snow plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice from the roads.

The Cleveland Division of Police reports hazardous driving conditions on city streets due to weather conditions. Road conditions and visibility are poor. Citizens are advised to limit travel if possible based on today’s weather.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cleveland City Council - Community Development Block Grant Budget Hearings

Beginning this morning, 1st of three days of CDBG Budget Hearings (Community development Block Grant - Federal Funding). Estimated total budget $26 million - $20 million CDBG; $3 million Home Investment Partnership; $1.6 million Emergency Shelter Grant; $1 million Housing Opportunities For Persons with AIDS.

The budget represents year 41 since the inception of the CDBG program. The estimated budget is the lowest amount Cleveland is expected to receive since the inception of the program.

Today's agenda:
  • Overview
  • Neighborhood Development Activity
  • General Administration; Code Enforcement/Demolition
  • Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
  • Commercial Revitalization/Storefront Renovation
  • Land Reutilization (Lot Clean Up, City Land Bank, Community Gardens)

REF: Legislative Calendar, Watch the hearings live at Cleveland/TV20.

Here are some excerpts of the Budget document that provide some overview and line items for proposed expenditures with comparisons to 2013 and 2014 budgets.  Below this document are two others with: excerpts regarding HUD eligible activity requirements, income eligibility requirements and maps depicting blighted areas eligible for use of these funds for 2006 and 2010; and, the 2001 - 2016 City of Cleveland Consolidated Plan.  This document represents a detailed plan as required by HUD.

Chapter 3, Code Enforcement and Demolition

Requests for additional information; staffing chart, status of opened positions, list of demolitions by ward from 2008 - 2014...(hearing in process).

If readers have any questions about the City's CDBG funding, feel free to comment here.

For additional information see: