Oct. 17 – Cleveland City Council
Covered by Documenter Chau Tang

Resident Walter Collins addresses City Council about supporting veterans. Credit: Cleveland City Council YouTube

What happened: Ward 12 Council Member Rebecca Maurer read the statement of a Cleveland Public Power (CPP) worker. She said the worker couldn’t sign up to speak because of a hiccup with registering. The statement detailed concerns about equipment and short staffing at CPP. It said workers are leaving for higher wages and a better work environment. “Problems are easy to come by, and solutions are not. We are here today with solutions if the city is willing to listen,” Maurer read from the statement.

Support for veterans: Walter Collins is a veterans representative with the Rid-All Green Partnership. He made a public comment in March that criticized the city’s lack of services for veterans. He returned last week to thank Mayor Justin Bibb and Senior Advisor Angela Shute-Woodson for meeting with him regularly since that comment. He also thanked Ward 5 Council Member Richard Starr for his support. He urged council members to support and engage veterans. “What we’re trying to do is address those veterans before they have to go the VA Hospital or before they end up in Veterans Court.”

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