City of Cleveland Heights offers citizens more information online
The City of Cleveland Heights recently made more information available to residents on its website, www.clevelandheights.com. On Feb. 6, the city announced that it was making available online a searchable database of incident and accident reports. Last month, the city launched an OpenGov site that provides annual budget and financial reports.
In a Feb. 6 news release, Tanisha Briley, city manager, said, "Using technology to make us more efficient, accessible, and responsive is a priority for the city in 2014. OpenGov and online police reports are just the beginning of more initiatives to come this year."
The police reports are categorized as either incidents or accidents, and are available within three to five business days of when the event took place. Residents can search by report number, report date, street name or—for accidents only—by last name.
A printed copy of a report can also be requested at the Cleveland Heights Police Records Division, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is 10 cents per page.
Questions about the reports can be directed to the Records Division at 216-291-4743.
On Jan. 24, the city announced that it had become the first city in Ohio to make its financial data available through an online application called OpenGov. Using the website, residents can view budget and monthly expenditures for city departments and divisions over a five-year period. The city website also provides a list of frequently asked questions to help residents navigate the system.
If residents have questions, the website instructs them to e-mail Tom Raguz, city finance director, at firstname.lastname@example.org and states that the questions and the Finance Department’s answers will be posted to the FAQ page.
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.