CPD honored as part of Patriot Day

By LARRY C. BOWERS Staff Writer
Posted 9/12/17

Tennessee Rep. Kevin Brooks paid a rare visit to Monday’s meeting of the Cleveland City Council, bringing along high praise for the Cleveland Police Department.

Brooks presented Police Chief …

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CPD honored as part of Patriot Day


Tennessee Rep. Kevin Brooks paid a rare visit to Monday’s meeting of the Cleveland City Council, bringing along high praise for the Cleveland Police Department.

Brooks presented Police Chief Mark Gibson with a flag, and acknowledgements of a job well done from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. The recognition came appropriately on Patriot Day, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America on this fateful day in 2001.

The honors were presented for professionalism and success of the city’s police department in providing a safe and secure environment for all community citizens.

Brooks’ visit and presentation was not on the meeting’s regular agenda, but a short impromptu ceremony.

Another unscheduled issue was the return of City Councilman Dale Hughes, who represents residents in the city’s District 5.

Hughes, formerly with Lee University and later Principal of Bradley Central High School for a number of years, has been slowly recovering from surgery. He had been unable to attend commission meetings since June.

Now a Cleveland businessman in the hospitality industry, Hughes expressed his appreciation for the support of his fellow council members, and community during his long ordeal and convalescence. He became emotional during a moving discussion of his illness.

In regularly-scheduled items, the council listened to a series of updates from City Manager Joe Fivas, addressed seven public hearings, approved the consent agenda of six items, and approved five new business items and/or ordinances.

Included in the public hearings was the opportunity for comments on the abandonment of excess right of way on Linden Ave. S.E. and 2nd Street.

There was also a plan to amend the city’s zoning regulations to create provisions which allow mini-warehouses which are internally accessed as a principally permitted use within the General Highway Zoning District.

There was a rezoning request for four-plus lots on about five acres in the Unity Subdivision on Unity Drive N.E. The rezoning was from Light Industrial Zoning to R2 Low Density Single and Multi-Family Residential. Planning officials are unsure how these lots in the subdivision were left in industrial zoning.

Comments were also sought on an ordinance to amend the sign regulations of PUD 6 at Cleveland Towne Center on Paul Huff Parkway, Frontage Road and Interstate 75. This will allow a larger sign adjacent to rhe Target retail complex and shopping mall, and more visible from the interstate.

There was also the Stormwater Division’s annual report to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Division of Water Pollution Control.

Comments were sought on an application from Estela Liermann of 3448 Brighton Boulevard N.E. for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for a taxi cab permit. This request had been checked out by the police department, and was later approved.

The final public hearing was concerning the use of a 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant by the Cleveland Police Department, another positive action for Gibson.

No comments for denial, or approval, were expressed from the audience.

Items on the consent agenda, which was approved included:

The taxi cab permit, An application to TDOT for a Transportation Alternatives Grant for 25th Street Corridor sidewalks and multi-modal improvements, authorization for Mayor Tom Rowland to sign an agreement with AirMed Care Network for continued air ambulance service for city residents, amending the authorized employees list for Parks and Recreation, authorizing the planning staff to move forward with acquisition/demolition projects related to the FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, and authorizing the mayor to sign a grant application with the Norfolk Southern Foundation.

Some council members provided short reports from their respective districts:

• Tom Cassada, representing District 3, praised a recent article in the Cleveland Daily Banner relating to the threat of opioids in the Cleveland/Bradley County community. He urged city officials to join with the county, District 10 District Attorney Stephen Crump, and the school systems for more awareness meetings and preparatory discussion concerning this threat.

Cassada added that he visited with Cleveland Utilities officials last week, and was considerable impressed. He also asked about plans at the city’s Deer Park, and preparations for pickle ball opportunities there. Park and Recreation Director Patti Petitt said those plans are currently being finalized.

• Hughes apologized for becoming emotional when talking about his recent health concerns. He was welcomed back by the entire council, and others, at Monday’s meeting.

• At Large councilman Richard Banks praised the Cleveland police and fire department, as well as other first-responders for their action during the incident Friday at the Wacker polysilicon complex in Charleston.

• Rowland spoke briefly on some reported hotel price gouging in the Cleveland area last week, and the involvement of district and state authorities (see related story, Page 1).


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