EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — East Cleveland city council voted on Tuesday to increase the city’s budget by $2.5 million that would cover healthcare insurance for city employees and restore crossing guards to their posts.
According to East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, council approved the measure “at his request.”
Two weeks ago, Mayor Norton showed his ‘vested’ interest in keeping the crossing guards when he suited up as one himself.
Wearing a fluorescent vest and holding a handheld stop sign, he helped school children cross the intersection of Euclid and Superior Avenues in East Cleveland.
At the time, council insisted there was adequate funding to keep the crossing guards, but Mayor Norton said council members deleted the money verbally during a meeting.
By voting to approve the budget increase, Mayor Norton said the city council acknowledged the funding never existed in the original budget.
The crossing guards will be back on the job Wednesday morning.
East Cleveland City Council President Joy Jordan could not be immediately reached for comment.