Covered by Documenters Sarah Tan and Marvetta Rutherford
Fueling debate: City officials want Zenith Terminal to comply with regulations regarding potential fuel spills. Zenith is located in the industrial Flats alongside the Cuyahoga River and services 15% of the daily diesel, gasoline and bio-fuel demand for Cleveland and the surrounding 10 counties. Zenith submitted plans to increase fuel-transfer from ships to tanker trucks from 3,000 to 5,000 barrels per hour. Cleveland rejected the plans for several reasons, including a violation of a city code that dates back to 1949. The company disagreed. The board will make a decision on the appeal at a future meeting.
Property remand: The board voted to remand the Euclid Estates apartment building to the city after many property violations. The owner said a major cleanup was under way. But City Council Member Anthony Hairston, of Ward 10, said the property had been an issue for at least five years. City workers cleaned up the outside of the property at least once, he said.
Fire safety: The Cleveland Division of Fire urged the board to make sure properties meet fire-safety standards after the city approved plans for a building without a fire-suppression system. The builder of the Tremont Street property is requesting a variance, and the board needs to determine if the lack of a sprinkler system creates a serious hazard. The board held off on making a decision until it gathered more information.
Left wondering: Documenter Sarah Tan wanted to know more about what it means to remand something to the city in the context of a code violation?
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