Rep. Kent Smith Says Public Safety Needs To Be A Greater Priority For State Leaders
Call follows tragic death of East Cleveland resident
January 09, 2020
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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio—Tuesday, state Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), Sen. Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), Ohio Governor Mike DeWine,and Mayor Brandon King (D-East Cleveland), with East Cleveland leaders, visited the site where 36-year-old resident Terra Nolden was killed on Dec. 30 to discuss efforts to increase public safety in the community.

Rep. Kent Smith issued the below statement following the visit:

“What brought us all here tonight was the tragic death of an East Cleveland mother of seven. She was killed when she was hit by a car while trying to cross an intersection at night, an intersection that hasn’t had a traffic signal since November.

“I met with Sen. Yuko, Gov. DeWine, Mayor King, City Council Members, and about 20 other community leaders and stakeholders for multiple hours to continue discussing efforts to increase pedestrian safety and enhance public services in East Cleveland.

“I’m very grateful that the current governor has heard our requests and he’s here in East Cleveland to visit the site for himself. I want to thank the governor for engaging with us on this topic. At his direction, ODOT will replace two traffic signals immediately, and he has also agreed to upgrade many more over the next few months.

“East Cleveland is in Fiscal Emergency, and was unable to replace the malfunctioning traffic signal because they lacked the funds necessary to repair it. We’re in the 133rd General Assembly, in both the 131st and 132nd, I proposed legislation to try to bring more money back to East Cleveland and the 20 other communities across the state of Ohio who are currently on the Fiscal Distress list. That money instead went to the rainy day fund. As I’ve said before, it’s raining in 21 Ohio hometowns. The flood waters are rising and our fellow Ohioans need help. Their first name may be East Cleveland, but their last name is Ohio and they deserve better representation at the Statehouse.”

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