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CLE still dealing with lead paint in houses

Posted: 7:23 PM, Jan 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-14 19:23:49-05

City council held another hearing Thursday to continue dealing with lead paint in Cleveland homes.

The Public Health Department made it clear that their New Year's resolution is to focus on decreasing the amount of lead poisoned homes and children. But they constantly stated there's no quick fix.

Last year, the department's inability to fully tackle the lead issue was called into question.

One major problem has been the lack of investigators finding and following up on poisoned children. The city had only one for the entire area. 

And after state crackdown, Thursday they told city council that they will be adding two more certified investigators by the spring. They also have a plan to move forward.

“Once they pass the exam to be a public health lead investigator, then we can begin to utilize them as public health investigators to conduct full lead investigations of properties as they’re referred to use from the Ohio Department of Health” said NaToya Walker Minor, chief of public affairs for the City of Cleveland.

Now a major sticking point at the last meeting in late December was the backlog of information where more than 700 children have been poisoned.

On Thursday, the department also mentioned that the state may allow them to use temporary employees to help go through those cases.