Toledo vacancies on Planning, PUC and Budget committees, AND rules for Nativity scenes at Christmas…
Toledo City Councilors Tuesday night learned that a town resident wants to erect a series of Christmas Nativity Scenes on city-owned properties throughout Toledo, following the Trail of the Three Wise Men to a Toledo church where they find the Baby Jesus. The council was also told the resident wants the Nativity scenes to be running through early January. City Manager Michelle Amberg said, to her knowledge, it was Toledo’s first request of this nature and asked the council how they wanted to proceed on the man’s request.
The council turned to City Attorney Wes Chadwick for advice. Chadwick said, “You can say yes or you can say no. But if you say yes, you have to allow all religions and sects to use city property to display Nativity scenes.” The council thought about it for a few moments, then achieved consensus that if religious faiths want to use city property for that use, let them. But they quickly added, they need to fill out an application which will be available at Toledo City Hall. The application will have some rules about how the Nativity scenes are to be displayed and how soon they have to be taken down after a certain number of days. And with that they charged City Manager Michelle Amberg with the task of formulating the application form. Amberg said she will confer with the city attorney on how best to move forward on it and expressed hope that the form will be available in a day or so.
The council also announced citizen vacancies on three Toledo council advisory committees. There are two openings on the Toledo Public Utilities Commssion which advises the council on rates for trash pickup and for setting franchise fee rates for electric and gas service within the city limits of Toledo. There is also an opening on the city’s Budget Committee which advises the council on how the upcoming city budget should address community needs and goals. And there is also an opening on the Toledo Planning Commission which helps to regulate land use in the community. All applications are available at Toledo City Hall. All applicants must be residents of Toledo.