Oct. 31 – Finance, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cleveland City Council
Covered by Documenter Tina Scott
What happened: Lincoln-West School of Global Studies is closer to playing home baseball games at Jose Ramirez Field. The committee advanced legislation that would allow the city to accept the gift of a new field. It would come from the Cleveland Guardians and third baseman Jose Ramirez. The new facility would be constructed at Clark Field in Tremont.
Police co-responder expansion: The committee advanced legislation that would increase the city’s police co-responder teams from five to 10 to 12. The city’s co-responder teams consist of one police officer and a mental-health professional. They respond to individuals experiencing mental-health issues. The proposed law would also allow the Department of Public Health to employ a senior-level strategist. The strategist would work on the co-response expansion. They also could explore care response models. The city wants to use about $5 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for this work.
And also: The committee has given new life to legislation that council first read in December 2020. It advanced a proposed emergency ordinance that would allow the city to enter license agreements for installing solar panels on city buildings.
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