Construction will start on a modern facility that will bring East Cleveland day care, food for the needy and all of the features everyone will applaud. It will also syphon off church goers from East Cleveland churches housed in older buildings. This process gets started with a meeting of the Neighborhood Advisory Board run by Trevelle Harp who will approve of the transaction and next goes to East Cleveland City councilman Manzelle Baker who will receive this in his committee.
The United States Navy Blue Angels planes flew overhead and protesters took the streets of East Cleveland to send a message to the city administration. Oppressed Peoples Nation leader Ernest Smith talked about what the protest march is about and sent out a message for unity.
Sadly one of the young speakers reflects upon how the East Cleveland Police executed a dog with 13 bullets right before his face. It appears that EC Police simply killed the dog and then placed the “corpse” in a nearby trash can.
Citizens speak up outside of East Cleveland City hall as Mayors Chief of Staff Smedley and staff members open up their windows to hear the roar of the stakeholders.
East Cleveland Ohio residents will be taking the streets in protest of traffic cameras, potholes, lack of city intervention and failing financial funds as the State of Ohio controls the funds. The march is sponsored by Oppressed Peoples Nation, Black-On-Black Cleveland and senior citizens groups to bring light on city events and plight.
Residents will be asking that East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton and City Council not renew the traffic camera contract and come up with a plan to patch the potholes before winter hits. The city has recently leased two salt trucks but failed to bid on rock salt for the second straight year.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 – March starts at Corner of Euclid and Strathmore Avenues and ends at East Cleveland City Hall – 14340 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44112
Oppressed Peoples Nation – Ernest L. Smith, Black-On-Black Cleveland,
44112News.com – Gerald Strothers – (216) 324-4783
East Cleveland residents along with people passing through on the streets are well aware of the traffic cameras operating on busy streets such as Euclid and Hayden Avenues but a new enforcement “speed trap” has drivers upset. In this case the portable speed camera is actually shooting across to cars coming at it which should have been calibrated well in advance of this setting. (Click here to read the contract)
It appears that American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and East Cleveland Public Safety Department are utilizing the mobile unit on streets such as lower Hayden Ave where potholes make driving a complete challenge. Below even a motorized wheel chair rider is being clocked.
There are only two main streets in East Cleveland, Euclid and Hayden Avenues however while Euclid has mixed speed zones from 35 miles per hour to 25 Miles per hour, Hayden has a constant 25 Miles per hour speed limit. Drivers on Hayden Ave also have to duck and dodge potholes and no street lines in some parts of the journey.
East Cleveland citizens are teeter tottering over placing on the November election the idea of getting or keeping the entire camera system. With the lack of funds being received and the number of drivers who will not venture to receive a speed camera ticket it just may be the only way to prevent scenes such as what is happening on Hayden Avenue.
Many of the people contacted about this story report that collection officers from American Traffic Solutions threaten them and call all hour of the night with dunning and credit report destroyed phone calls. With that said its shame on everyone for not passing the issue to limit webcams by having a cop at each location a few years back in EC.
August 12, 2014 the non-profit 501(c)(3) group N.O.A.H came before the East Ohio Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to ask for exclusive right to create signs welcoming people to East Cleveland with their N.O.A.H logo on them. (Click here to read the N.O.A.H proposal)
While the idea was selfish and one sided and BZA asked them to get help from an architect or engineer in designing their signs essentially tabling the plans for N.O.A.H to take over the Euclid and Superior Avenues location it could be tweaked and made to work for all of the many non-profits and churches in East Cleveland.
We welcome people to East Cleveland on Euclid Ave near Lakeview Cemetery with speed cameras and signs warning that along with old signs from groups that are now defunct. Along with that location there are countless entrances to East Cleveland very much in need of signage.
Perhaps one of the many non-profit organizations will contact N.O.A.H and ask them to share the control of East Cleveland with others. And at the island location on Euclid and Superior Avenues perhaps all non-profits will be able to fly or post their logos rather than just allowing N.O.A.H to control that prime location.
N.O.A.H. is now completely immersed in city government from taking political stands to even running the group organized to sell vacant lots however this one proposal has merits if N.O.A.H allows other groups and churches to also welcome visitors into East Cleveland. East Cleveland Community Theater meets in City Hall Room 215 and twice monthly at City Council Meetings.