City looks at multiple items, including new ordinance
by Courtney Warren
Sep 03, 2014 | 1215 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday evening to discuss several matters.

Community Development Director Brett Moorman discussed rezoning and amending the Future Land Use Map to accommodate several new projects including a condo project by Raymond Huerta, which would be on Ruby Street past the Cleveland Police Department.

During the public hearings several residents appeared before the board to discuss the difficulties of getting grass cut during the rainy weather.

By taking care of yards and collecting fallen leaves, residents can help to ensure streets aren't flooded after heavy rainfall and can also avoid any sort of fines for a code violation.

According to the Anti-Litter Ordinance Section 3, "No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public place within the city except in public receptacles, in authorized private receptacles for collection, or in official city dumps."

According to the ordinance, litter is considered "garbage, refuse, and rubbish as defined herein and all other waste material which, if thrown or deposited as herein prohibited, tends to create a danger to public health, safety, and welfare."

With rubbish being in the definition, it might be beneficial to understand rubbish is "solid wastes consisting of both combustible and non-combustible wastes, such as paper, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials."

This definition includes grass, lawn clippings, sticks, branches, and any other things found in a yard.

Therefore, according to this ordinance, it is a code violation to toss lawn clippings into the street.

If the codes are violated then, according to the ordinances, there is a fine of up to $100 and possible jail time.

A request for approval and to schedule a public hearing for the adoption of a new ordinance to prohibit persons from rummaging through garbage and trash was approved.

It will be passed immediately upon adoption and the punishment would be a misdemeanor and a $100 fine.

Each day is considered a separate offense.

Stephen Glorioso, director of the Cleveland Park Commission, then answered some questions about the park commission revenue.

Glorioso reported that the sports numbers are down because some people do not want to pay the fee for football or basketball, even though it's the lowest in the state.

"I think Coach Rodney Martin has about 17 or 20 tournaments. I think revenues will be up because he's worked so hard trying to get these things in place for our town," said Glorioso.

Former Cleveland City Clerk John Lindsey has stepped down from his position to take another elsewhere and during the meeting Cleveland City Administrator Farae Wolfe was named interim city clerk.

"By law you've got to have a city clerk," said Mayor Billy Nowell.

Wolfe will work alongside the assistant city clerk and take over those duties until a new city clerk is hired.

The city clerk’s office is responsible for the city budget, purchasing, tax collection, voter registration, and business licenses.

"Hopefully before the next statements come out we'll have a city clerk. We are advertising now," said Nowell.