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Just three Cleveland City Council meetings remain this year if the Jackson administration wants to pass its proposed ARPA spending plan for the first half of the city’s $511 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
Leaders in Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration provided an update today about how the city would spend its first round of $255 million in federal stimulus money. Standing in for the mayor, chief of staff Sharon Dumas outlined plans to spend the first batch of federal funding on revenue recovery, community and economic development, and public safety. She did not answer a reporter’s question about whether specific plans would be attached to future stimulus allocations.
On an early September evening, about a dozen neighbors gathered in the backyard of Phil and Christina Buck on Cleveland’s west side for a meet-and-greet with City Council president and mayoral candidate Kevin Kelley. The candidate, dressed casually in a short-sleeve shirt and leaning forward in his lawn chair, listened intently as an Ohio City resident complained about absentee landlords.
By neglecting a proposal for complete and green streets in Cleveland, opponents thought they were killing it. Yet now, after a year of delays, the proposal is moving forward. No one, though, is rejoicing. At least, not yet.
In the multifaceted race to replace Cleveland’s status-quo mayor Frank Jackson, there may be no other candidate as passionate as Basheer Jones. The second youngest candidate after 34-year-old Justin Bibb, Jones has garnered a dedicated base of the majority Black Ward 7 with fervent religiosity and a youthful ambition. Such energy has spurred numerous development badges just as it has doubts from his critics.
About 5,000 of the city’s more than 150,000 waste division customers have opted into the city’s new recycling program so far, most of them on the west side, according to information provided by Sustainable Cleveland at a community meeting on Wed. Aug. 25. In the coming weeks, the city says it’s planning a big marketing push to increase signups before the Oct. 31 deadline.