The Toledo City Council Wednesday evening agreed on a procedure to restore the city council to a full roster of councilors. The City Council set up an interview schedule to determine who should fill the single vacancy. Councilors agreed that they’ll start advertising for a city council candidate through July 21st, then interview candidates on July 28th and finally make their selection during the council meeting on August 4th.
The Toledo City Council began moving toward re-vitalizing the look, the feel and attractiveness of Toledo’s downtown area. At this stage of the process the council will have to determine many aspects of making downtown Toledo even more pleasant and inviting. The city’s Urban Renewal Agency is preparing a budget for projects to elevate the attractions and the overall environment of the downtown area. The City Council examined the possibilities and came up with an Urban Renewal Area that could accommodate dramatic enhancements to the downtown – with a price tag of $19-million dollars – over a 30 year plan, that is. So there’s lots more planning and public meetings in store enroute to raising the allure and enjoyment of the downtown Toledo area. At least, now they’ve got a plan.
Various “downtown projects/stores/gathering areas, etc., will evolve over the years with already upgraded amenities as well as new attractions that haven’t been thought of. Among the additions to the downtown is a new Public Safety (Police) Building, sewer line replacements, more sidewalks, tree lined streets, buying and rehabilitating empty buildings, upgrades to City Hall, a Community Center, improvements to Arcadia Park, and various sewer and water extensions and upgrades. For sure, it’ll take time. But the City Council appears up to the challenge.
City Councilors made it plain that big plans demand big participation by political and civic officials, not to mention Toledo townspeople. But they say they’re up to the challenge.