After about three years at the helm as City Manager of Toledo, Craig Martin has announced that he’s retiring by the end of September, at the latest. Martin says he’ll be leaving the city and plans to retire, perhaps up the Siletz River. The city is now shopping in earnest for a new city manager to take over the reins of the city.
Martin came to Toledo from a similar position in Sweet Home, a town with about five times as many citizens as Toledo. Martin has been trying to maneuver Toledo toward better funded sewer and water systems. At this week’s Toledo City Council meeting the council agreed to reduce taxes for street lights from $7.50 a month down to $2.50 and apply the five dollar difference to the city’s sewer processing facilities. The city has been under pressure from state authorities to improve the quality of the finished product coming out of the plant. Toledo agreed in mid-June to provide Dahl Disposal with a 2.5% increase for garbage and recycling services.