From Mayor Grutzmacher
Ralph Grutzmacher Announces Filing for Second Term as Toledo Mayor
Toledo Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher says he will continue to work for the city’s future if elected to a second two-year term. Grutzmacher has served as a city councilor, Council President, then mayor since September 2010, and was elected to his first full term as mayor in 2012.
“Toledo is a wonderful place to live and work, and potentially has an even better future,” he said. “I have made it my mission since joining the City government to bring more recognition of Toledo’s beauties and strengths from the wider Oregon community while working for the improvements we need right here. I believe that my more than 30 years of local government experience has been of tremendous help, as local issues can be complicated and we need to make the most of our resources in everything we do.”
Since becoming mayor, Grutzmacher has worked on many issues besides normal City business, including:
* Lobbying with Union Pacific and the local railroad to obtain improvements to Toledo’s railroad crossings, scheduled for late August;
* Serving as an active member of the committee that successfully promoted Toledo/Newport’s bid as the site for the International Wave Energy Testbed;
* Leading the city council and city staff in gaining the least-expensive revenue bonds possible to fund Phases One and Two of vitally needed improvements to Toledo’s water system;
* Going to Salem to meet with area representatives, and to lobby state agencies in favor of finishing Hwy 20 improvements and for the Port of Toledo’s expansion grant;
* Leading the City Council in working toward optimum use of Toledo’s remaining industrial property to promote economic development while protecting the local environment;
* Currently working with OSU and its Foundation on housing and siting issues for OSU’s planned expansion of its Marine Studies program, expected to have an impact on Toledo;
* Regularly using correspondence and social media to promote Toledo, as well as its festivals and events.
* Grutzmacher also is active on a variety of commissions and in area organizations, including:
* Serving on two advisory committees of the League of Oregon Cities;
* Serving as a member of the Yaquina Bay Economic Foundation;
* Acting as building manager for the Flowerree Community Center;
* Newly acting as a non-local member of the Newport Airport Commission;
* Active in the Lincoln County Food Network, seeking to promote better nutrition for area residents including SNAP beneficiaries;
* For fun, indulging his love of all things railroad through active participation in the Yaquina Pacific RR Historical Society and as a volunteer with the Celtic Heritage Alliance.
“Your city councilors and mayor are all volunteers, but for me, the service and time commitment that I feel are needed to do the job well are rewarding continuations of my career for the last three decades and more. I have great pride in Toledo and confidence in its future, and I look forward to continuing to help bring expanded opportunities to all residents of our community.”