Residents urged Cleveland officials to use remaining American Rescue Plan Act funds to support Cleveland students and initiatives that would create good-paying jobs and open avenues for making homes in city neighborhoods safe and healthy. Another resident thanked council for supporting transformational bicycle midway projects.
Derrick Holifield, of Ward 9, is the principal at Cleveland’s Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy. Holifield said he and his staff work daily to disrupt a school-to-prison pipeline and need the additional support that would come from Mayor Justin Bibb’s proposal to spend American Rescue Plan Act funding on literacy support.
Xavier Page-Tabb, of Ward 2, talked about being an apprentice electrician and how the Cleveland Builds program has helped him get into the building trades. Council will consider funding the program with ARPA money.