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August 12, 2003
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Council set to approve COs
Cleveland City Council seems set to authorize issuance of Certificates of Obligation totalling nearly $7.5 million during tonight's meeting. Funds from the certificates would be used to implement the city's ambitious five-year Capital Improvement Plan. That plan includes construction of a new civic center, city hall, and EMS/fire station; remodeling of Austin Memorial Library; new hangars at Cleveland's airport; extensive renovation of downtown; drainage improvements and redirections, including several water line projects; city park improvements; and street widening projects.
City council will also consider a request of Cleveland Regional Medical Center to temporarily close portions of Crockett and William Barnett Streets during construction of the hospital's expansion project. The requested Crockett Street closure would be for an approximate five-month time frame - from September 30, 2003 to February 24, 2004 - and would affect a portion from the intersection of Crockett and William Barnett Avenue to the driveway of Pace Stancil Funeral Home. Requested closure of William Barnett Avenue extends from August 21, 2003 to July 20, 2004, and impacts the section from Houston Avenue to Crockett Street.
Open to interested citizens, the city council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.


Library demonstrates continued growth
Statistics published by Austin Memorial Library for July, 2003 and compared with the previous two years show consistent growth in Cleveland's use of the facility. From the number of people walking through the door to computer usage by patrons, each category in which statistics are kept shows a marked increase from 2002. In "size of library collection", a total of 46,516 items are counted - an increase of almost 9,000 items from July 2002. The stats also show that an average of nearly 5 more people per hour use the library than they did last year. Over 1,000 people used the computers at the Library during July - an increase of over 100 patrons from 2002.


Taste of Cleveland coming Thursday
The Cleveland Chamber of Commerce will host the Taste of Cleveland on Thursday, August 14, from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Austin Memorial Library. Area businesses will be providing unique foods that ticket-holders may sample, while also displaying information about their products and services. Many local firms have signed up to bring items ranging from home-baked breads, muffins and desserts to chicken, pizza, pasta, and yogurt smoothies. Tickets for the meal are $6 and may be purchased at Easy Street Florist, Omni Physical Therapy, or the Chamber office. People are being encouraged to buy early, as tickets are going fast and are limited. Contact Sheila at 281-592-5579.

Police Department Stats
Cleveland Police answered 26 calls Sunday, logging 3 offenses and making 1 arrest for possession of a controlled substance. A total of 18 ambulance calls were recorded, including a vehicular rollover on FM1008. Cleveland firefighters assisted Tarkington on a structure fire on 1 of their 7 fire calls.


On Tap at the Texan Theater
Pirates of the Caribbean, rated PG-13. Admission is $2 per child, ages 3-11, and $4 for adults.

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