Cleveland Officials Want To Get Started Soon On Taking Down Cleveland High Dome; Limited Tax Hike Proposed

Monday, February 24, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Cleveland Vice Mayor Avery Johnson told the City Council on Monday he is concerned about new cracks developing in the dome at Cleveland High. He said, "We really need to somehow or another come up with some funds to de-comission that building before it falls down."

Director of Schools Dr. Martin Ringstaff agreed. He said, "I would like to get started on the demolition as soon as possible."

Dr. Ringstaff also told the Council it would be more expensive in the long run if the building collapsed before it was demolished.

He said the deconstruction process would involve building a wall where the dome connects to the rest of the school.

He said, "You can't just implode it and carry it out, it's connected to the building." From talking to its architect, the School Board said the cost of the demolition would be anywhere from $170,000 to $300,000.

However, Dr. Ringstaff pointed out that they would not be able to take bids on the demolition part of the project until they paid their bill to the architect. Currently, the Board must pay its architect $71,000.

Until bids are made, he said they would not have an exact number for the total price.

Funding the demolition and the construction of a new gym has been discussed for weeks. Vice Mayor Johnson suggested a limited-time tax increase of $.09. He said once the projects were completed, the tax cut could be reapplied.

Councilman David May Jr. said, "I have a problem spending money we don't have."

Councilman Richard Banks suggested the school board should get the community involved as much as possible. He said once the dome is demolished, the school board could sell bricks from the building to previous Cleveland High graduates as another way of funding.

Councilman Banks also made a motion for the city to auction off an old building as another way of funding the school board's projects. The building had been unused for several years and the city was already planning to auction it. At one point in time, the building was appraised at $200,000. This motion passed unanimously.

During the meeting, a woman who lives on Shady Lane presented a problem to the council. She said there are cars on her street that had been parked there for several years. She said when it snowed, a fire truck had to go through her yard to get around the cars. The council said it would look into this issue.

Several rezoning resolutions were also passed. At 1996 Westland Drive, 10.6 acres were rezoned from Mixed Use to Light Industry District. At 2350 Blackburn Road, 12.2 acres were rezoned from Light Industry District to Multi-Family Residential District. On 25th Street NW, .7 acres were rezoned from Single Family Residential District to Professional Institutional District.


Youth Who Violently Mugged 2 Elderly Women Sent Off To Prison

A 20-year-old who was charged with the robbery and beating of a 71-year-old woman in the Northgate Mall parking lot and an 80-year-old woman at the Mapco on Highway  58 was sent off to state prison after entering guilty pleas on Thursday. Carlos Kirksey, who was 19 at the time of the Jan. 12, 2016, attack, was given a three-year prison term on two robbery counts. He got ... (click for more)

Another Snag Stalls Approval For County Schools To Deed East Ridge High Athletic Facilities To The City Of East Ridge

Another snag has stalled the transfer by the county schools of the East Ridge High athletic complex to the city of East Ridge. School board attorney Scott Bennett said the attorney for East Ridge asked for a brief delay. He said East Ridge is concerned that, because the county schools retain certain rights regarding the property, that it might prevent the city from getting ... (click for more)

Bikers Need To Have Licenses And Insurance - And Response

I am okay with Haslam’s idea of raising the gas tax and lowering the food tax.  But, I want to see a tax of bicycles since they have their own lanes now and they also have to be maintained. How much revenue would that bring in?  I would think if we have enough bike riders to have the lanes in the first place, there must be enough to generate some money for road improvements. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Is Central’s Auditorium?

I am surely one of the biggest proponents of high school athletics there is, especially after half a decade of being an eye witness to the vast array of lessons that are learned every day by anyone associated with sports. That said, I have watched the Hamilton County Commission waffle on a $500,000 track at Central High School with a certain curiosity because the same high school ... (click for more)

Smooth-Operating Cameron Leads Tyner Past 'Canes

Tyner may occasionally have an off night scoring, but that Rams defense is always spot-on. East Hamilton saw that first hand Thursday night in a hot Tyner Academy gymnasium. It didn’t rain points. Neither offense was sparkling, but the Rams had a distinct edge on one end of the court throughout the game – East Hamilton’s. The Rams got to almost every loose ball, most ... (click for more)

Cleveland Wrestlers Whip Walker Valley, 60-12

The undefeated and top-ranked Cleveland Blue Raider wrestling team just keeps rolling along, winning the close ones and also winning the ones not so close. Thursday night at Walker Valley, the Blue Raiders recorded five pins, three technical falls and two forfeits in a 60-12 victory over the Mustangs. Those pins came from Bryce Pond, Colton Landers, Austin Sweeney, Dylan Jones ... (click for more)