During the meeting, Cleveland High School Men’s and Women’s Wrestling Teams were recognized. Mayor Kevin Brooks proclaimed the day as “Cleveland High School Raiders and Lady Raiders Wrestling Day”. Cleveland High School is the first school in the nation to have both the Men’s and Women’s teams win state wrestling titles in the same year.
An update was given on the Cleveland Hot Slaw Festival that will take place on April 1st. Over 150 vendors are set to participate in the event.
City Manager Joe Fivas stressed the need for a discussion of possible regulations and standards for short-term rentals, such as Air B&B.
The City Council voted 7-0 on a potential action on budget planning to adjust all city employee minimum and maximum wages. City Manager Joe Fivas spoke to Council Members about raises for City Employees to combat employee shortages and rising inflation. Fivas said the goal is to bring all city employee wages to at least $15 and investigate ways to increase the cost of living compensation for the fiscal year 2024. Skilled employees would have higher minimum wages. The vote gives the City Manager Fivas the ability to research the issue and report back to the City Council on the impact it will have on the city budget.
The next City Council Meeting will be held on April 10th.
Phase one of the remodeling of the East Side Ambulance Station was completed last week with the installation of new furniture for the day room.
Chief Mike Geren stated, “We are excited about the progress that has been made here to the East Side Station. Mayor Davis has been working on this for quite a while and because of his devotion to our staff, we have been able to complete the first phase of the interior remodeling, along with a new roof. I want to personally thank Steven Shelton of Cleveland Insurance and Steve Hartline of Mix 104. 1 for assisting in the purchase of new furniture for our day room. Because of their willingness to support us, this facility has been turned into a different place and a facility our staff can be proud of.”
Bradley County Mayor, Gary Davis said,
“We appreciate both Steven (Shelton) and Steve (Hartline) for the furniture, it was much needed. A special thank you to Brent Winters at Mattress & Furniture Expo for assisting us in making this endeavor a reality.
This remodeling was way past due. We have a new roof on the outside and now have been able to turn our attention to the interior, which includes new kitchen cabinets, countertops, and furniture. It looks great. Hopefully, the personnel that man this station on a daily basis will appreciate and enjoy it.”