Cleveland neighborhood groups optimistic after snow removal meeting with Bibb administration

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) — Representatives of Cleveland’s 21 community development groups met with the Bibb administration on Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the city’s oft-criticized snow removal plan.

Among those on the call was Tom McNair, executive director of Ohio City Incorporated.

“I can honestly say that in my 12+ years in the civic sector, this is the first time [the city] has really reached out to organizations like ours as a group to not only let us know what they’re going to do, but also to really solicit our feedback on how they can do things more effectively,” said McNair at 19 News.

He said the group met with the city’s chief operating officer, Bonnie Teeuwen.

“I think we’re all looking forward to getting through these next few days as best we can, but honestly, I think it’s kind of a new day where we’re constantly communicating. It’s like we have partners inside from City Hall,” McNair said.

Mayor Justin Bibb addressed the city in a video posted to social media.

“We learned from the last storm that our residential streets need to be serviced earlier, before the main streets are completed. We will have additional snowplow trucks dedicated to residential areas while the remaining trucks clear main streets,” he said.

In a follow-up message, the city said roads would be pre-treated with salt and 30 city workers would clear crosswalks and bus stops.

An emergency snow parking ban is in effect from Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. until Friday at 8:00 a.m.

These streets are marked with clearly labeled red and white traffic signs. The city has also released a map showing where they are.

You can view the map here.

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