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.
With two trials completed Scott Gardner who has plead guilty in both Median and Cuyahoga County trials is now expected to return back to work as East Cleveland Detective according to Mayor Gary “Durango” Norton. Mayor Gary Norton said city officials will review Gardner’s case and discuss any disciplinary action against him.
“We have to see exactly what he pled to, but I believe he will return to the force,” Norton said.
1. Cuyahoga County Criminal Court – 06/04/2014 06/05/2014 N/A JE **THIS IS AN AGREED PLEA AND SENTENCE** DEFENDANT IN COURT WITH COUNSEL DENNIS A ROTMAN. PROSECUTING ATTORNEY(S) MATT MEYER AND CARL SULLIVAN PRESENT. COURT REPORTER PRESENT. DEFENDANT FULLY ADVISED IN OPEN COURT OF HIS/HER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND PENALTIES. ON RECOMMENDATION OF PROSECUTOR COUNT(S) 1 IS/ARE AMENDED TO ATTEMPTED, FAILURE TO FILE TAX RETURN 2923.02/5747.19 – M1. DEFENDANT RETRACTS FORMER PLEA OF NOT GUILTY AND ENTERS A PLEA OF GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED, FAILURE TO FILE TAX RETURN 2923.02/5747.19 – M1 AS AMENDED IN COUNT(S) 1 OF THE INDICTMENT. DEFENDANT RETRACTS FORMER PLEA OF NOT GUILTY AND ENTERS A PLEA OF GUILTY TO VENDOR TO COLLECT TAX – PROHIBITION AGAINST REBATE 5739.29 – UM AS CHARGED IN COUNT(S) 5 OF THE INDICTMENT. COUNT(S) 2, 3, 4, 6 IS/ARE NOLLED. COURT ACCEPTS DEFENDANT’S GUILTY PLEA. THE COURT CONSIDERED ALL REQUIRED FACTORS OF THE LAW. THE COURT FINDS THAT A COMMUNITY CONTROL SANCTION WILL ADEQUATELY PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND WILL NOT DEMEAN THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE OFFENSE. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT THE DEFENDANT IS SENTENCED TO 5 YEAR(S) OF COMMUNITY CONTROL, UNDER SUPERVISION OF THE ADULT PROBATION DEPARTMENT WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: DEFENDANT TO ABIDE BY THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT. ***INACTIVE PROBATION*** SUPERVISION FEES TO BE PAID AT A RATE OF $20.00 A MONTH. RESTITUTION ORDERED IN THE AMOUNT OF $28,390.43 TO TREASURER, STATE OF OHIO (IN MONTHLY INSTALLMENTS OF $473.17, BEGINNING 06/30/2014); PAYABLE THROUGH THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT. NO FINE. THE COURT HEREBY ENTERS JUDGMENT AGAINST THE DEFENDANT IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE COSTS OF THIS PROSECUTION. 06/04/2014 CPDXM 06/05/2014 08:07:31
With guilty pleas in both trials it is expected that Detective Gardner will be taking the streets in East Cleveland and dishing out felony convictions to his fellow felons.
August 20, 2014 East Cleveland Ohio – BREAKING News (Or psychic prediction) It is expected that M.I.A. Mayor Gary “Durango” Norton will announce that funds have been placed in the city bank accounts to pay staff this month. Allegedly Norton may get help from some of his political friends such as gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald who previously gave the city money when needed.
A formal news release is expected to be released which will discuss how EC Police have been writing a record number of citations and how EC Judge William Dawson incarcerates anyone who does not have the fine and court costs no matter what the charge is.
Long time East Cleveland citizens are upset that no one bothered to post that the East Cleveland City Council Meeting was cancelled for August 18, 2014. The small staff at 44112News.com started contacting council members and then finally council President Barbara Thomas.
According to Thomas the council clerk is on wedding leave and the required 24 hour notice was not provided. There may be a special meeting prior to the end of August but that has yet to be scheduled.
Sadly for East Cleveland residents the only sure way to keep up with city public meetings has been to physically come up to city hall and view the bulletin board outside or just sit and wait like these citizen were forced to do.