Renovations and teamwork were hot topics at the most recent Cleveland Board of Aldermen meeting.
After a previous discussion for the need of new bathrooms at both Fireman's Park and Bear Pen Park, city engineer Josh Pearson came to the realization that the project would cost more than previously budgeted.
The original estimate was about $85,000 for new bathrooms, however after looking at basic building designs, the projected could cost $160,000 for one.
"I think that’s a very conservative number but with that being said, an 85 budget is not sufficient. We haven’t advertised yet. Before we proceeded, I want to see what the board is wanting in regards to funds," said Pearson.
The aldermen discussed the need for a porch and extra concrete as part of the bathrooms.
Alderman Danny Abraham had a simple solution and said, "Can we restore what we have? Barbecue will cover anything? Its kind of like paint, throw paint on it?"
Cleveland Park Commission Director Stephen Glorioso said, "The bathrooms work. They're just old and were built probably in the ’70s."
Alderman Paul Janoush said, "Let's put them out for bids so we know what we’re dealing with."
The board meeting ended with what almost seemed like a group hug.
Alderman Robert Sanders said, "I want to commend my colleagues. I'm proud of the direction they're heading."
After a lengthy discussion regarding the water system and the severe amount of rain the city has seen recently, Abraham said, "I want to thank our department heads and staff for their hard work."
Janoush said, "I want to thank (Cleveland) Public Works and Keith (Christopher) for everything you’ve done. I know it was a mess."
Christopher said he appreciated the board having confidence in him.
Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell said, "Keith, good job. Paul has been around here 30 something years but the city hall and these department heads are working better as a group now than in the 17 years I've been here. People are caring about their jobs and proud of what they're doing and the city needs to be proud of what they're doing."
Lisa Miller, director of the Martin and Sue King Railroad Museum, said as she pointed out the city clerk, "A lot of why we run so smoothly is because of that lady right there. Dominique Green, you do it so beautifully and so well and with patience."
The rest of the room agree and showed so through applause.