Public commenters questioned spending taxpayer money on repairs to Cleveland Browns Stadium and voiced support for construction of a park at Irishtown Bend.
Note: Due to technical issue no video was available for several public comments.
The Public Comment CLE website has all of the week’s comments and transcripts, edited by Cleveland Documenter Gennifer Harding-Gosnell.
Irishtown Bend support
Ward 4 resident and Executive Director of Ohio City Inc., Tom McNair, praised City Council for creating the waterfront fund with ARPA money that will result in the Irishtown Bend development. McNair said he felt it was an opportunity to connect the neighborhood to the waterfront and to the city and the region and beyond.
Diane Howard, of Ward 3, who has lived in Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority housing for 26 years, said it is important for seniors, the disabled and parents with young children to have access to the park and the waterways. She said residents of CMHA often were not considered part of Ohio City because they lived in public housing.
Essie Williams, of Ward 2, pushed back on the use of taxpayer money to rebuild and repair professional stadiums in Cleveland. At the same time, Clevelanders are paying for upkeep and repairs to the old football stadium, they also will have higher electric bills this summer, she said.
West Side Market funding
Turkessa Tenney, a social worker and Cleveland resident, criticized the city’s decision to fund West Side Market repairs with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money while 89 to 99% of residents in 15 zip codes suffer from food insecurities, according to Healthy Northeast Ohio 2022. Tenny said ARPA fund should be utilized to take care of our fellow residents who lack access to basic food.