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Emergency plan, license fees, pool rates, and looking for a new City Attorney

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The Toledo City Council this week approved a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan so the city knows how to cope with everything from the Cascadia Earthquake to a terrorist attack. Key components are prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. The reason to have the plan beyond the obvious (must be ready) is that there is a slew of emergency preparedness grants for small towns that don’t have the financial horsepower to be as prepared as they could be. So now Toledo is qualified to apply for those grants.

The Council adopted a new fee schedule for people, businesses and families partaking of city services. Effective July 1st business licenses will cost more – the spread running from small businesses paying $50 a year to businesses with over 50 employees watching their’s rise to $400 a year. It was mentioned that business license fees have not gone up in over 13 years.

The cost of going for a warm dip in the Toledo Municipal Pool will go up slightly – 2.5% for residents, 5% for non-residents.

Up at the city library if you want to make copies, it’ll cost you a little more. If you want to copy something out of a library book or other publication, you get five free pages but 15-cents a page after that. If you bring something from home or from a business it’s 25-cents a page – a rate deliberately set higher than commercial printing businesses so the library doesn’t compete with those local businesses.

City Manager Jay Baughman reported that the town’s wastewater (sewer) master plan is now complete – laying out what improvements and upgrades will be necessary over the next 20 years. The point here, again, is that with a plan in hand, applying for grants and/or loans will be easier and more successful with a clearly laid out plan that funding agencies and financial institutions can use to properly review the city’s applications.

And finally, the Toledo City Council wants to remind the legal community that the city is looking to hire a new city attorney. Former City Attorney Wes Chadwick resigned recently to be closer to his family in Arizona. So, the council is hoping to get the word out that they’re looking, and would appreciate an application from any local attorney that might want to try their hand at government, labor and contract lawyering. Click here to get the full story.

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