Public commenters urged Cleveland City Council to tend to vacant and blighted homes that affect the quality of life, health and safety of Clevelanders. One residents also raised concerns about the poor conditions at the Stella Walsh Recreation Center in Slavic Village.
The Public Comment CLE website has all of the week’s comments and transcripts, edited by Cleveland Documenter Gennifer Harding-Gosnell. Read more about the meeting, which was covered by Documenters Charlestine Pride and Preeya Shankar.
Blighted and vacant homes
Slavic Village resident Lynda Lewis spoke on behalf of the Forest City block club, which has operated in the neighborhood for 75 years. Lewis detailed efforts to get the city to respond to health, housing and safety issues at home occupied by squatters that residents had complained about for years. Residents have called police, the health department and building and housing officials about problems and dangers at the property.
Fairfax resident Vernon Kittrells talked about the health impact of vacant and distressed properties on the city’s East Side, where they are most concentrated. Kittrells, who lives on E. 85th Street, said the visible signs of neglect in the neighborhood environment give the impression that the area is uncared for and that residents don’t have control over the conditions.
Recreation center conditions
Cleveland resident Sonya Sanders come to council to ask questions about run down conditions she described at the Stella Walsh Recreation Center in Slavic Village neighborhood where her toddler plays. Sanders said paint was peeling, pieces of the ceiling were caving in and the electrical sockets don’t have covers in addition to the potholes in the parking lot the size of a duck pond.