By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
The Cleveland Board of Aldermen is providing residents an opportunity to use grant funds to improve their homes.
City Clerk Dominique Green announced at Tuesday’s board meeting that there would be a gathering at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the park commission gym for information on the Federal Home Loan Bank grant.
The city received the grant in November.
The grant allows for housing improvements but selections will be competitive.
“With it only being $100,000, we’re only going to be able to do six to seven, eight houses tops,” Green said. “It’s going to be super-competitive.
“We’re going to make applications available that next morning here at city hall, but you’ll only have a week to get that application back in and we’re only going to accept completed applications.”
Green said interested parties could contact her office if they need more information.
In other business, the intersection of Lee Street and Sharpe Avenue will become a four-way stop.
The board approved the recommendation of engineer Josh McPherson.
“I do think that intersection warrants a stop sign,” said McPherson.
McPherson said he worked with Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham to investigate the intersection and due to the obstructions present the installation was justified.
McPherson submitted a plan for the board’s review on plans to develop Feduccia Park.
The board approved pay requests for the Amzie Moore drainage repairs to Joe Reed and Southern Pipe and two pay requests to Southern Pipe and Cleveland Fence Co. for the park commission gym parking lot.
The bike lanes throughout the city were also approved to be re-striped.
McPherson said there are over $6 million in construction projects currently underway and another $9.6 million in construction plans expected to begin next year.
“You might not see this work everyday yet, because of the winter and the month we’re in, but in the spring, it’s going to get real busy,” said McPherson.
The board approved a recommendation from the Planning Commission on rezoning of 704 Maple St. to allow the construction of a six-unit townhouse.
Aldermen Robert Sanders and Ted Campbell expressed concern at rapid gunfire heard near Eastside Park.
Sanders played a video for the board he received from a house surveillance camera of the gunfire. He said this occurred on Monday and was given to him from one of his constituents.
Campbell said the gunfire happens often and appears to be people shooting in the air randomly.
“[Police officers] are doing their very best,” Sanders said. “I just wanted to share this. I know we have a lot going on in our communities.”