Illustration of the Red Room at Cleveland City Hall, which has red carpet and pink walls. People are seated around a large table.
An illustration of Cleveland's Board of Control meeting in the Red Room at Cleveland City Hall. Credit: John G / Shiner Comics

Covered by Documenter Mildred Seward (notes)

Identity theft insurance

The city wants to offer employees the option to receive identity theft insurance, and it just got some help to do that. The board approved adding Aura, a business that aims to protect customers from cybercrime, as a subcontractor to an agreement with MetLife insurance. The board approved the initial agreement in February, along with contracts with five other insurance providers.

Land for sale

The board approved the sale of nine land parcels for a total of $58,000. The city is selling some of the parcels for $200 each. It is selling one parcel in Tremont to Richard Lalli for $52,800 and one in Old Brooklyn to Civic Builders LLC for $4,000. The sales are part of the Cleveland Land Reutilization Program, which focuses on selling vacant land for redevelopment.

Work for play

Earlier this year, Cleveland City Council set aside $30 million for a variety of basic improvements such as street repair, traffic calming measures, and fixing up playgrounds. The board OK’d a contract for the playground work, tapping R.J. Platten Contracting Co. to lead the job. The maximum cost is about $8.17 million. has more details about the 17 playgrounds the city hopes to renovate

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Doug, a Cleveland Documenter since 2020, has been a copy editor and reporter. His work includes: The Pace of Passage about how quickly Cleveland City Council passes legislation; a look at the challenges of the city’s Exterior Home Paint program; and University Circle Police Department’s complaint-review process. Doug has also written explainers and guides and launched #CLEDocsAnswers, which answers questions Documenters have about local government.

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