Public commenters urged City Council to take a closer look at proposed plans for expanded broadband internet access in Cleveland and to support a new veterans housing project. Others shared memories of the West Side Market.
The Public Comment CLE website has all of the week’s comments and transcripts, edited by Cleveland Documenter Gennifer Harding-Gosnell.
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Broadband internet infrastructure
David Passalacqua, a union telecommunications worker, asked City Council to look further into a planned broadband internet access program – who will be hired to do the work and what type of system they plan to use. Passalacqua said access to adequate high-speed broadband service is a necessity, not a luxury. Another telecommunications worker, John Gearo, also shared concerns about two companies involved in the construction and talked about fears that out-of-state contractors won’t provide the same level of quality of work as employees who live here.
Watch Passalacqua’s full comment.
Makanya Smith, of the Union-Miles Development Corp., asked council to help with more funding for the Walter Collins Veterans Housing and Service Center, a facility being built on Harvard Avenue to house and support veterans. The center is working with Rid-All Green Partnership to include training in urban agriculture training and farm management and with Evergreen Business Services to assist with building a successful worker-owned cooperative. Walter Collins also thanked council members and other residents who support the vision for the center.
West Side Market support
Cleveland residents Ramat Wiley and Richard Pryor spoke in support of using $15 million of federal stimulus money to support the West Side Market. Both shared childhood memories and discussed the ways they still utilize the market. Wiley serves on the new Cleveland Public Market Corp. board.