Parking prices going up
Cleveland residents and visitors will soon see pricier parking. Cleveland City Council’s Finance, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee advanced legislation to raise maximum rates at some city-owned lots. That includes the Muni Lot, a popular spot for tailgating before Browns games.
City Council passed the legislation later that night (it had held the proposal in August). One sticking point was the proposed pricing at parking meters: A range between $1 and $8 per hour. Some council members said that range may suit downtown but not Cleveland’s neighborhoods. In this meeting, the committee voted to cap the cost at $5 per hour for meters outside downtown.
What’s the chatter?
Some residents have asked why they can’t send public chat messages on City Council’s YouTube page, according to Council Member Brian Kazy. Va’Kedia Stiggers, council staff, said council doesn’t allow comments on the livestreams of meetings “because of some of the comments that people were leaving.” Stiggers said people can post comments to TV 20’s Facebook page, City Council’s Facebook page, and City Council’s X (Twitter) account.
The parking rates discussion and the exchange about online comments stuck with Documenter Carolyn Cooper. She asked, “Will residents with disabilities be offered certain spaces and discounted parking rates? Will the council eventually allow live questions and public comments–via social media or livestream–for elderly and disabled residents who cannot attend meetings in person?”
The committee OK’d legislation for a $200,000 grant from the Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. It is for the Cleveland Municipal Courts’ specialized dockets. They include the:
- Veterans Docket (led by Judge Charles Patton Jr.)
- Human Trafficking Docket (led by Judge Marilyn Cassidy)
- Drug Court Docket (led by Judge Lauren Moore)
- Mental Health Docket (led by Judge Suzan Sweeney)
Each docket receives $45,000 to $55,000 of the grant money, said Court Administrator Russell Brown III. The court has used the money for client services and treatment, Brown added.
A request for data
The committee approved an amendment proposed by Council Member Mike Polensek. It requires that council receive a quarterly report on the demographics of people served by this grant, organized by city ward.