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Cleveland council approves $700K repair for water well

May 27, 2019

The City Council approved to repair the water well in the Glen Park community.

The cost to repair the water well is $797,036 and the council agreed to amend the 2018-2019 budget to transfer the cash from the savings.

Principal Plant Services, a Tarkington business, will work on the project, which will take eight months to complete.

Other companies who bid on the project projected that it would take up to 18 months to fix the water well.

“What I see is a sign of things to come,” Cohn said. “This was a local company that out bid another company. We’re getting prominent local business like this that the city can hire that will devote thir time to the city.”

The council tabled a noise ordinance in which citizens have complained about a local establishment Ro’s playing their music to loud into the late hours of the night.

3 sworn in after May elections

The Cleveland City Council swore in the three members who won May elections at the monthly council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.

Carolyn McWaters was sworn in as Council Position 1, Marilyn Clay was sworn in as Council Position 2 and Otis Cohn was installed as a Mayor.

McWaters, who has sat on the council before, replaces Mike Penry as Council Position 1.

“I’m glad to be back,” said McWaters to the city council. “Thank y’all so much for having me back. I’m glad to help out the city of Cleveland.”

Clay and Cohn were on the council before elections. Both ran for their positions unopposed.

Cohn presented Penry with a plaque to honor his service to the city of Cleveland.

“He has left a mark on this council that as going to be hard to replace,” Cohn said to the public and council. “He was the economic conscience for the council.”

Penry addressed the council after receiving his plaque.

“I just want to say I have enjoyed my service with the city,” Penry said. “I didn’t plan to stay as long as I did, I was going just going to make everyone mad and leave. I think we have accomplished a lot. When I entered this, I made a promise to the people that I would never vote to increase their taxes, and that’s a promise that I kept. I never voted to increase the tax.”

Council member Danny Lee reminded the council on how great this new council board will look to put Cleveland in the best position in the future.

“This team that we have right here sitting at this table is a winning team,” Lee said. “We all come from different places, different age groups, different backgrounds but we always manage to find common ground and do whats best for the city. Everybody is focused on making Cleveland a desirable place to live.”

City employees receive awards

During the city council meeting a proclamation for the Nation Public Works week (May19-25) was signed and given to Director of Public works Rod Hainey.

Six services awards were presented to city employees for their time with the city of Cleveland.

Benjamin Burnett, who has spent five years with the fire department, revived a pin for his work with the city.

Tommy Pressley, who works doing the dispatch, received a pin for 20 years of working with the Cleveland Police department.

Scott Felts received a pin for his 20 years with the Cleveland Police Department. He started with the police department when he was 18 years old.

Michael Palmer was recognized for his ten years with Public Works.

Cleveland Fire Chief Sean Anderson recognized K-9 Ripley. Ripley is a dog that has always been around the city of Cleveland whether it be at the fire station or out at community events like Treat Street. Riley recently passed away and Joe Fodderie was presented a plaque to honor Riley.

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