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The city of Cleveland needs to compile a massive amount of information before it can decide whether to pursue a possible annexation, merger with or marriage to financially-strapped East Cleveland.

Council members started discussing their concerns in a Monday caucus session.

Council President Kevin Kelley said the city must get a handle on the city’s finances, liabilities and infrastructure.

Kelley stressed that a merger would require million of dollars from the State of Ohio or other source to cover the cost of needed repairs and capital improvements in East Cleveland.

Once Cleveland Council would decide to appoint three members to a joint panel with East Cleveland appointees to study the issue, there would be 30 days to collect needed information, according to a blueprint drawn up by East Clevelan

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