City Council extends timelines for insurance use of tents in response to recent hailstorm

By LARRY C. BOWERS larry.bowers@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 3/30/17

The Cleveland City Council has taken steps to assist local businesses swamped by an increased workload from hailstorms which swept through the community last week, heavily damaging hundreds of …

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City Council extends timelines for insurance use of tents in response to recent hailstorm

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The Cleveland City Council has taken steps to assist local businesses swamped by an increased workload from hailstorms which swept through the community last week, heavily damaging hundreds of vehicles.

State Farm Insurance company, and other insurance interests, had inquired about the possibility of amending the city ordinance relating to tent facilities on business property. Several of these businesses use tents when estimating damage for policy holders.

With preparation of an amendment to the ordinance by City Attorney John Kimball, Council members amended the ordinance at Monday’s meeting, extending the time allowed for tent facilities from 10 to 30 days.

It was specified that this amendment will only be for insurance agencies handling customer policies for hail damage to vehicles.

Following an inquiry from the audience, Kimball said the extension could possibly be increased for additional time, if there is a need.

Council members also approved another a request from the Parks and Recreation Department, which will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region.

Some surplus recreation (playground) equipment from the Blythe/Oldfield Park, which is managed by the city, will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Brittney Durkin and her husband, of Cleveland’s Terra Running Company, visited Monday’s Council meeting to bring members up to date on plans for the Cleveland Half Marathon and 5-kilometer races, scheduled from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13.

The business owners, and marathon sponsors, said the running event is getting a number of out-of-town entries, and will be a huge showcase for the local community. City staff member Bryan Moran is helping with publicity and information about the event.

The start and finish of the marathon will be near the downtown courthouse and Johnston Park.

“We have several charity partners, and so far entries are from 11 different states,” said Brittney Durkin. “About 48 percent of the early entrants are from outside of Cleveland.”

She said they are expecting around 400 participants, and about 150 volunteers will be involved in the Saturday morning competition, with plaques going to the winners.

Organizers are working with the Cleveland Police Department to develop a traffic control plan, and there will be four aid stations situated along the marathon route. Bradley County’s Emergency Medical Service personnel will also assist.

Durkin pointed out that the race will be certified, and residents along the route will be notified of what to expect that Saturday morning.

“We will set up around the courthouse on Friday night, and attempt to minimize the impact on major roadways through the city the day of the marathon,” the Durkins said.

Councilman Bill Estes pointed out that the city and the Council have been looking at recreational opportunities (like the marathon), and how they can benefit Clevelanders. “We will be gauging this, and how it is received,” said Estes.

Estes later expressed his appreciation to Police Chief Mark Gibson and his department for providing security at a number of events being held in and around the downtown Cleveland area. “We have a number of events going on this weekend,” he said.

Councilman Tom Cassada said he appreciated the city staff stepping in and resolving some issues of concern he had. David May Jr. said he had received ongoing information relating to some property issues the Code Enforcement Division is working with.

Councilman Dale Hughes asked Parks and Recreation if it could give him a rundown on how the city’s soccer program, and soccer complex, are managed and maintained.

Hughes also informed the Council that last week’s hailstorms in the Cleveland area was a big attraction online.

He said his son, Richie, took some video at his home, and it was later picked up in Chattanooga, Nashville, New York, Mexico and Great Britain.

“Cleveland and the hailstorms went viral around the world,” Hughes said.

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