Dahl Disposal was the unfortunate company this week that was given the “honor” of finding what amounted to a ten foot hole under the pavement on North 9th. The front tire of their truck sank down to the front bumper which was probably the only thing that stopped it from sinking farther.
After the tow driver pulled the truck out city crews went in to find out what was down there. And it was nothing less than a rats condo – ten feet deep. The rats had apparently been down there quite a while and had dug a full tunnel system.
Crews dug it all out (rodent urban renewal) and back-filled with heavy duty gravel. Public Works Director Lee Ritzman said he’s pretty sure what rats were left were sent on their way to create a homestead somewhere else.
The timing of the sink-hole couldn’t have been better. Ritzman was before the Toledo City Council just last week to call on the council to engage citizens in a serious discussion about the condition of Toledo’s streets and roads. Ritzman told the council that coastal weather alone requires a vigorous road maintenance program which the city has been hard pressed to keep up with. Ritzman says the city’s road fund doesn’t have the resources to keep up. But with the help of citizens in specific neighborhoods, they just might be able to get most of it done – by creating local improvement districts (LID). Through an LID, with specific boundaries, neighbors can pool slightly higher taxes which the city could supplement with funds of its own, to get the streets improved. Sort of like getting a street rehab with a discount.
Those who might be interested in such an LID approach to street improvements can call City Manager Jay Baughman at 541-336-2247, ext 2020.