Toledo City Councilors debated for quite a while Wednesday night on how to pull the city’s pan out of the fire. Toledo needs improvements to its water and sewer operations and they need them soon. Toledo’s water and sewer systems are getting to be pretty old. Toledo Mayor Rod Cross then guided the city council through a number of options on how to re-strengthen the city’s water and sewer systems.
Mayor Cross suggested a bold plan to raise the money to bring the city back to its former glory – or pretty close to it. A utilities expert told the council that creating urban renewal properties in and around the town would be a viable option. One councilor strongly urged that various pieces of Toledo could be designated urban renewal zones. The plan could designate certain stretches of property, especially in the downtown area that could, through Urban Renewal programs, gradually raise money ( from rising tax assessments out five to ten years) which would provide sufficient growth of property taxes to enable a major make-over of the town.
The City Council told their private consultant making such a huge move might be just what the doctor ordered. (To be continued).
Meanwhile…there’s a move afoot for Toledo to get some electric car charging stations. No definitive locations for the electric “filling stations” as yet but the council seemed satisfied that such charging stations are unavoidable and likely very affordable. Electric cars are becoming more and more refined. During conversations with each other, city councilors said 300 to 400 mile jaunts wouldn’t phase the driver(s) and/or business or family members. It was agreed that battery assisted hybrids are the coming thing. And it’s believed that within 5 to 10 years long range batteries will drive out gasoline as the world’s chosen fuel.
And finally, a hopeful Mayor Cross said the pandemic will be petering out if not this summer then perhaps the fall. It all depends on how many Americans get their anti-Covid-19 shots. The issue is still up in the air and medical experts that are still learning the “evolving” ropes on the virus are hoping enough Americans will get their vaccinations and then get on with their lives. As a wise Chinese philosopher said to a friend headed for China, “May you live in interesting times.”