Public commenters supported displaced tenants from Winton Manor, asked that a street be named in honor of Hattie Holifield, the “grandmother of Glenville,” and urged council to seek federal money to clean up properties in Cleveland owned by the state.
The Public Comment CLE website has all of the week’s comments and transcripts, edited by Cleveland Documenter Carolyn Cooper.
Honoring Miss Hattie
Tammy Trotter, of Glenville, was one of two commenters who asked council to change the name of Ostend Avenue to Miss Hattie Holifield Avenue. Holifield, who will be 80 next month, raised generations of children who attended the daycare she operated for more than four decades. She often helped single mothers by caring for their children until they could afford to pay. She influenced generations of Glenville residents. Her grandson, Derrick Holifield, also asked for the street to be renamed and read a portion of a story he wrote for the The Land about the daycare.
Correction: The name of the street was updated to reflect the correct name, Ostend Avenue.
Fed up tenants
Christopher Hudson, Ward 12, said tenants at Winton Manner have been displaced and had property damaged due to flooding and poor renovations by Evergreen Real Estate. In some cases, he said, residents were hospitalized with respiratory infections related to the renovations. Hudson said tenants are considering a rent strike until their concerns are addressed.
Wanda Hill-Chestnut, of Ward 6, asked council to look at applying for funds to clean up “dilapidated” state-owned properties in the ward. She is pastor at Saint Luke’s Apostolic Church of Jesus on Kinsman Road. She said that Ohio should be responsible for upkeep on the properties it owns but it is not.