Friday, October 24th, 2014

Not yet rated rulings on the Fitz-O-Meter

Promote recycling and reduce waste disposal in county government

"FitzGerald will direct an audit of county operations’ and facilities’ waste disposal practices through the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District and utilize the district’s expertise to look for waste reduction and recycling opportunities beyond the district’s current programs."

Ensure the Lake Erie wind turbine project is completed

"As executive, Ed FitzGerald will support continued investment by the county and other community stakeholders to enure the proposed 20 megawatt project is successfully completed."

Promote local food purchases to boost local businesses

"The Department of Development and Board of Health will coordinate to implement measures in support of local food procurement as appropriate to the county's mission and charter."

Promote energy efficiency

Will "pool the costs of energy efficiency projects from multiple property owners to deliver special financing rates to make energy efficiency projects that save energy and money."

Promote lake shore development while protecting the shoreline

"FitzGerald will also work to preserve the quality lake front development we already have in Cuyahoga by leading a multi-city shoreline protection initiative to protect some of the most valuable property in the state."

Improve marketing for the region

"FitzGerald will commit to playing an active role personally and commit county staff and resources to collaborating with award-winning marketing efforts from organizations like Team Neo and PositivelyCleveland to market and promote the region."

Improve public transportation access

"FitzGerald is committed to working to improve public transportation access in our cities."

Promote programs to improve health of residents

"There are many health issues particular to different populations, whether because of age, race, ethnicity, or gender. Working with our various health institutions, county government can do more to assist in improving the health of all residents and the whole community." Health services for seniors could be strengthened and expanded. Working with community leaders, access to quality grocery stores and healthy food can be improved in all communities.

Adopt countywide public safety master plan

The plan -- developed with the police chiefs, the U.S. marshals office and the county prosecutor's office -- will improve intelligence sharing between communities, coordinate purchasing and improve records management inter-operability.

Generate revenue by housing federal prisoners

"Currently, the U.S. Marshal’s office for the Northern District of Ohio spends millions of dollars a year to house and transport federal prisoners to correctional facilities outside Cuyahoga County. By increasing capacity in local jails through more efficient processing of criminal cases, these prisoners could remain in Cuyahoga County’s detention facilities. This simultaneously saves money in transportation costs for the U.S. Marshal’s office while providing a consistent revenue stream for local law enforcement agencies."

Establish and enhance the regional crime lab

"It is essential that the current efforts to establish a regional crime lab be brought to a successful conclusion."

Create a missing persons database

"Such a database will simplify the currently cumbersome process which has frustrated the efforts of both law enforcement and the public."

Establish a program to keep offenders from returning to crime

"A community-based program is needed to address the root causes of recidivism; the link between criminal activity and economic opportunity must be acknowledged and addressed."