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Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb gives update on improvements to city services

The briefing focused on pothole repairs, illegal dumping, and cutting and cleaning vacant lots in the city.
Credit: 3News

CLEVELAND — Cleveland city officials, including Mayor Justin Bibb, held a briefing on Tuesday with updates on several areas of improved city services.

Bibb was joined by Cleveland Chief Operating Officer Bonnie Teeuwen, plus Frank Williams, the city's new director of public works. 

The news conference at East 66th street and Whitney Avenue focused on three key aspects of Cleveland city services:

  • Project Clean 
  • Residential Pothole Repair Program
  • Illegal Dumping Task Force

The city's Division of Park Maintenance and Properties began "Project Clean" last month with the goal of cutting and cleaning grass and fields in and around vacant lots and structures. 33 tractors and 33 crews of 2-3 people have been working longer hours to get work finalized. 

Meanwhile, city leaders announced that they have completed pothole repairs to 57% of the residential streets in Cleveland. This compares to 26% at this time last year. The goal is to complete pothole repairs by the middle of next month.

Also, Cleveland's Streets Division says it has improved upon its 'Illegal Dump Site Cleaning Program' by adding additional equipment and personnel for this year. Last year, the city serviced 2,200 illegal dumping sites. The goal for 2022 is approximately 5,000 site visits. 

3News' Mark Naymik was among the reporters at Tuesday's briefing. He asked Bibb why there was a briefing announcing things that should already be getting done, noting that some members of Bibb's administration worked for his prdecessor.

"I'm not going to reflect on what wasn't done a year ago," Bibb told Naymik. "As mayor, one of my priorities is to overly communicate and be transparent with residents about what we're doing differently when it comes to improving on the quality of basic city services."

You can watch Tuesday's entire briefing in the player below:

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