Documenters are hard at work covering all the information being packed into Cleveland City Council’s final meetings before their summer recess. Last week, Documenters captured debates about the effectiveness of funding home-repair loans, and plans for development on the city’s Southeast Side. That and more in this week’s episode.

Listen to this week’s Public Meetings Report here:

Show Notes:

Signal Cleveland meeting briefs:

Signal Cleveland reporting:


  • Ordinance to fund Birthing Beautiful Communities
  • Ordinance for revitalization of commercial corridors on Southeast Side 
  • Ordinance to fund clean-up and site readiness of vacant lands for business 
  • Ordinance to approved funding of home repairs and rehabilitations in Southeast Side neighborhoods
  • Site Readiness proposed Ordinance 

Meeting recordings:

Other info: 

Side Hustle: Mikael Ellis works four jobs focused on the LGBTQ+ community (video)

By Jeff Haynes

Mikael Ellis has purposely decided to work at businesses that either primarily cater to LGBTQ+ patrons or have a large clientele from this community.

YouTube video

The Public Meetings Report is a weekly audio rundown of what happened in local government meetings here in Greater Cleveland – in five minutes or less! The show is based on the work of Cleveland Documenters – residents like you who are trained and paid to document these meetings for the public. Produced by Signal Cleveland, Cleveland Documenters and WOVU 95.9 FM

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Gennifer Harding-Gosnell, Freelance Audio Producer(she/her)
Gennifer is a news writer returning to her first love, radio. She holds a MA in Journalism from Kingston University in the UK, and has spent the last couple years as a Cleveland Documenter.

Managing Editor, Community (he/they)
Lawrence, a 2022 Stanford JSK Community Impact Fellow, was most recently field coordinator for Cleveland Documenters, where they led the recruitment of more than 600 Greater Cleveland residents. They bring a wealth of knowledge about journalism, civic engagement and technology. Lawrence has worked in non-commercial media for over 28 years, including 11 years at Ideastream where they focused on civic engagement and media production.