So, what is a Line Truck?

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Everyone knows what a “Bucket Truck” is, but this particular truck in the photograph is called a Line Truck, and we use this vehicle every day. It’s primarily used to dig deep into the ground to help us set up new utility poles. Also, it assists us with lifting heavy equipment like the transformers we place at the top of your utility poles.

Not familiar with transformers? We’ll tell you a little about those in a future post.

 

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Register today, for CPP’s 3rd Annual Solar Sprint!

web IMG_8953School bells are beginning to ring in Cleveland, and with the start of a new year begins planning for Cleveland Public Power’s Annual Solar Sprint.

Saturday, October 8, 2016, will mark the third year the city’s public electric company has sponsored the Solar Sprint in an effort to engage and enlighten students on solar energy as a source of power.

To take part in this fun, educational experience students in grades 3-8 form teams consisting of a minimum of two and a maximum of four participants. There are two Divisions – Junior represents grades 3-5 and the Senior division is for students in grades 6-8.

The Sprint is open to students residing in the city of Cleveland. Form a team with classmates, Church Youth Group members, Scout groups, Recreation Center friends, Boys & Girls Club buddies or your neighbors!

To register your team, complete the form below and we will send you a registration form. Each team must have at least one adult supervising the team. This is a great opportunity to share the joys of math, engineering, and science in a fun and competitive activity.

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Cleveland is ALL-IN Against Crime

 

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Cleveland Police and Cleveland youth enjoying a game of baseball. (Photo Credit: City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

CLEVELAND – On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Cleveland residents are invited to participate with Mayor Frank G. Jackson in the 33rd annual “Mayor’s Night Out Against Crime.” This event is an opportunity for Clevelanders to show they are All-In Against Crime and ready to join the fight to strengthen their communities. “Mayor’s Night Out Against Crime” events will occur in each of the city’s five police districts with the main event taking place at Humphrey Park, 207 East 161st Street from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood.

Highlighting this year’s “Mayor’s Night Out Against Crime” event will be an exhibition baseball game played between Cleveland Police Officers and the Big F All-stars from the City of Cleveland’s youth baseball league. Other activities include finger-printing for youth, face painting, and the Cleveland Museum of Art’s mobile unit “Studio Go.”

Neighborhood District event hours are listed below for each of the locations and will feature police and public safety vehicles, free health screenings, refreshments and activities for the entire family!

The “Mayor’s Night Out Against Crime” is part of the National Night Out, a nationwide annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

Additional Neighborhood Event Locations:

  • 1st District – McGowan Park, West 124th Street & McGowan Avenue (5:30 – 8:00 p.m.)
  • 2nd District – Steelyard Commons, I-71/Jennings Freeway (5:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
  • 3rd District – Arbor Park Village, 3750 Fleming Avenue (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
  • 4th District – Life Skills (Parking lot), 12201 Larchmere Boulevard (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
  • 4th District – Fullerton Block Club, East 65th Street & Fullerton Avenue (5:00 – 8:00p.m.)
  • 5th District – Humphrey Park, 207 East 161st Street (5:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

For more information, please call 216-664-3290. The “Mayor’s Night Out Against Crime” events are sponsored by Cleveland Public Power (CPP), City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, Cleveland Airport System and Cleveland Water.

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HEAP offers help for elderly residents

 

Large air conditionerCleveland has experienced a milder than normal winter, and the summer has come in blazing. Over the last month, we experienced several days where the temperature reached into the nineties. With higher temperatures, there is an increase in the use of air conditioners and fans.

Higher energy usage equates to higher bills. The Council for Economic Opportunities’ Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program may be the answer to alleviating some of the stress associated with higher bills for the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.

The agency’s literature states, “The Council for Economic Opportunities’ Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Cuyahoga County residents assistance paying an electric bill, window a/c units or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs through August 31st.

To apply for assistance, call (216) 518-4014 to schedule an appointment.  The program operates weekdays beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Central Neighborhood Opportunity Center located at 1849 Prospect Ave., across the street from the Wolstein Center. Please verify your eligibility by visiting http://www.ceogc.org/energy-assistnance/.

To apply for emergency assistance, a resident must have the most recent bills for gas and electric utilities, photo identification, Social Security numbers for all household members and verification of all income for all household over the age of eighteen for the previous twelve months. For those households who have no income, an IRS Tx Transcript is required. Renters living in multi-unit dwellings may be required to provide their landlord’s name and contact information.

The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health.

Health issues can include lung disease; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; or asthma, which affects more than 850,000 Ohioans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Eligible Cleveland Public Power customers can receive up to $500. Assistance is applied to a utility bill or applied to central air conditioning repair costs. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance.

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program visit ceogc.org.

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The heat is on, in the Cleveland!

The heat is on in Cleveland! Here are seven tips to keep you cool, and save money!

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Flashback Friday: The Republican National Convention of 1936

It’s been eighty years since Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention, and it appears things in the world of politics haven’t changed much.  Back in 1936 the main contenders squaring off for debate were Governor Alf Landon of Kansas, and the incumbent at the time, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  The location was Cleveland Public Auditorium.

The city was the 6th largest in the U.S., boasting a population of 900,000 Clevelanders, and this convention drew thousands of delegates to Cleveland.

The RNC took place during the Great Depression, so the debates were extremely heated, especially considering that more than fifty percent of industrial workers in Cleveland had recently lost their jobs.

The hot topic at the time was Social Security; and although Governor Landon had the support of track star Jesse Owens, a Cleveland native, and former President Herbert Hoover, he still lost the republican vote by a landslide to President Roosevelt.

Well, things really have changed. Cleveland’s population is about half of what it was then, and while we don’t know the role Cleveland Public Power played in 1936 we are well aware of the hard work the men and women of this public utility have put into shining a bright light on Cleveland today.

Today, all of the city’s street lights from Public Square to Kamms Corner are maintained by CPP, so our crews have been working to ensure the visitors encounter well-lit streets. Additionally, the utility has been instrumental in providing the infrastructure and power to many of the city’s new buildings.

CPP welcomes the delegates and all visitors to our fine city!

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Electric Utility scams are back, be aware – know what not to do!

 

canstockphoto8593688Utility scammers are at it again! Cleveland Public Power customers have recently been contacted with the threat of disconnection of their electric service if they did not call a toll-free number and make a payment using reloadable Debit Cards, and then reporting the card number to the caller.

Unfortunately, they were successful in duping one customer. The customer became suspicious when they received another call a day later saying they had to pay another large sum. The second call prompted the customer to call CPP for verification.

Customers are advised to dismiss calls of this nature and to call our offices immediately to report the telephone calls.

“This scam is targeting both residential and commercial businesses and while Cleveland Public Power will contact customers about their bills, we would not refer them to a third party payment option. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.

Henderson also said, “When there is a threat of disconnection the only way to make payments would be in person in our Payment Center, by calling in and making a payment with our Customer Service representatives or make an online payment yourself.”

Notices about this illegal activity have been posted on CPP’s website as well as on its social media sites.

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