City honors spirited pair
by By DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
Jan 15, 2013 | 2694 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland presents “The City With Spirit” T-shirt Monday to Kody Fox of the Cleveland Police Department because of their kindness to an out-of-town traveler who had an accident in Cleveland.
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A Cleveland police officer and an administrative assistant in the department were rewarded by the City Council for their kindness with “The City With Spirit” T-shirts Monday.

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland presented the shirts to the pair after an email from an out-of-town traveler, Deborah Alexander-Davis, who thanked the two police employees for the kindness.

Alexander-Davis wrote that she had the misfortune of having an accident at South Lee Highway and APD 40.

“While no one ever wants to have an accident, I am so thankful that it occurred in Cleveland,” she wrote to the police department.

Alexander-Davis said officer Kody Fox responded to the scene in mere minutes after the call reporting the accident. “He was professional and efficient, as well as knowledgeable and kind.”

The courtesy continued when she called Jan. 8 to inquire about the accident report.

“I was lucky enough to speak to Rosa Lee (Botts). She found my report quickly and even went to the extra trouble to prepare the report in PDF format so she could email it to me since that worked best for me.

“She didn’t ask based on what was easiest for her, but rather on what she thought I might need. I was so impressed when she offered instead of me asking.”

Alexander-Davis said the report was sent to her within 15 minutes. Botts also reminded her she needed to file a report with the state and included the form in the email.

“I know you probably hear mostly from unhappy people and I just wanted to let you know what a positive experience I had with both officer Fox and Rosa Lee,” Alexander-Davis wrote.

In other action, the Council approved a long list of items on the consent agenda:

- Resolution 2013-01, a 2012 tax refund to Alexander Vasilevich in the amount of $32;

- Resolution 2013-02 to approve of an employment agreement with the Society of Municipal Arborists in connection with the SMA-Municipal Forestry Internship program;

- Resolution 2013-03 to accept Century Avenue as a city street;

- Resolution 2013-04 authorizing the mayor to sign a grant application to extend the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway from Tinsley Park to North Ocoee Street;

- Resolution 2013-05 to amend the Authorized Positions List for the FY2013 Budget for Public Works Operations Department by promoting an employee from the Operator II (trainee) position to Operator III;

- Reappointed Donald Humes to the Building Board of Adjustment and Appeals for an additional three-year term to expire in January 2016;

- Appointed Verrill Norwood to the Wrecker Board for a five-year term to expire October 2017.

Also, city offices and Cleveland Urban Area Transit System will be closed Jan. 21 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

And, Cleveland Regional Jetport will open to the public Jan. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. for an open house.