CLEVELAND, Ohio – City Council Chair Kevin Kelley generally has a cordial relationship with Mayor Frank Jackson, but after being left out of the loop over the weekend, Kelley asked Monday to the administration of the answers.
Kelley was furious about the changes to the landing and pick-up procedures at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, especially since he had not heard of them until after they had been posted. cleveland.com.
On Monday, Kelley summoned airport manager Robert Kennedy and Edward Rybka, Jackson's regional development chief, to an emergency hearing and asked for an explanation.
"It's not that our feelings were hurt because no one told us [about the policy changes]Said Kelley. "We have been called for this [by constituents] and we did not have information. "
Kelley talks with Jackson several times a week and has described their interaction as cordial and good working relationships. But the problem of airports has hit a nerve.
This is the first time that Kelley has convened an emergency hearing since becoming President of the City Council in 2014.
The changes have been described in a story written by Susan Glaser, author of The Plain Dealer. The story published Saturday morning cleveland.com and on the front page of The Sunday Plain Dealer.
The changes, which will allow private car services such as limousines and carpool drivers for Uber and Lyft, can once again land and pick up passengers at the terminal exit.
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Several members were particularly shocked by the surprise, as the board spent hours with airport staff discussing the problem as part of a plan to reduce congestion on the upper and lower roadways in front of the terminal.
The decision of the administration is a reversal of these policies.
"It is very disrespectful for this body to deploy all its efforts in this area and to change it brutally without a word," said Section 16 Councilor Brian Kazy.
Kerry McCormack, of Ward 3, noted that the city council is a separate and equal branch of the government within the meaning of the city's charter.
"It makes no difference why a board member asks for information," McCormack said. "What is important is that we are a branch of government with equal opportunities and that if we ask for information, we should get it."
Rybka and Kennedy acknowledged that the communication could have been better.
"The decision was made at the end of last week and it should have been better communicated to the council," said Rybka, who was a Slav village councilman.
Kennedy also is committed to doing better.
"Sometimes you get caught up in the fire and things move faster than communication," he said.
On this, a clearly irritated Kelley interrupted.
"On communication, yes, things are going fast," said Kelley. "But if you can call cleveland.comyou can call me. "
However, some council members complained about not being kept informed.
- Placement of LED lighting in the streets of the city
- Location of security cameras that should initially be placed around recreation centers
- The collapse of an agreement for a new police headquarters and where the department could be transferred now when he will leave the complex of the justice center.
According to Kelley, there may be more follow-up with the administration, but none of them has caused irritation among members, such as the decision of the airport.
Subsequently, Kelley stated that he appreciated the fact that Rybka and Kennedy appeared shortly thereafter, that they answered the questions and that he accepted their explanations.
"For this one, I'm satisfied," said Kelley. "But if it happens again, it could be another story."