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That East Cleveland is a city on the financial edge has been well documented.

The state auditor called it a city on the verge of financial collapse.

The city’s two major options are bankruptcy or a merger with neighboring Cleveland.

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton will host a community meeting on Thursday to discuss the options the city has and to urge residents to sign petitions that will soon be circulated to study a potential merger with Cleveland.

Under Ohio’s Revised Code, East Cleveland residents must vote to approve such a commission that would study the pros and cons of a merger.

If they vote to do that, the matter would then go to Cleveland’s City Council.

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