Public suggestions for Toledo restoration cash introduced

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The public has spoken, and we now have a better idea of ​​where Toledoers are planning to spend new dollars from Washington.

$ 180 million is on the way and there are plenty of ideas on how to spend it.

Too many boarded up and abandoned houses are scattered across Toledo’s neighborhoods. Many can come down with these recovery dollars. The top category of supported residents was “Safe and livable neighborhoods”.

In this category, “Demolition of Abandoned Houses” achieved the highest number of points. Another popular point to address is “lead water service line replacement”.

“Across the survey, more people rated this topic first than anything,” said David Mann, an adviser to Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz.

This feedback will help the mayor’s council and office decide how to spend the money. “Safe and livable neighborhoods” as well as “Youth, recreation and parks” were in the foreground.

“These are the issues that lead people to choose to move elsewhere,” said Rob Ludeman, Toledo city councilor.

One concern of the data was demographics. Only 14% of respondents said they were African American, 58% said they were white, and 14% didn’t answer. The council members wanted to make sure that all viewpoints were taken into account.

“Because this money prioritizes color communities, there are also communities that live in poverty. I think it is very important for us to make sure the data is clear, ”said Dr. Tiffany Preston Whitman, Councilor of Toledo.

Dr. Preston Whitman attended the public input meetings and believes the percentages may not show minority communities, but her input that she heard at the actual meetings is consistent with this presentation.

“I think it will be heard. Like I said, if it was the meeting and the poll, it was pretty consistent from what I heard when I went to the meetings and also looked through the results. “

What is clear is that these dollars must not be put into savings or trust funds.

“The intent seems very, very clear that the Treasury Department wants this money to be spent,” Mann said.

The mayor’s administration will collect all this data and draft a regulation for the council that will be sent to them in early to mid-October.

The Council is then expected to vote on this regulation by the end of the year.

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Will Toledo vitality effectivity plan be well worth the cash?

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Toledo City Council is weighing the cost of energy efficiency to some of the city’s buildings. Some council members want more details before accepting the $ 46 million proposal currently on their agenda.

The city selected a company called Leopardo to help provide energy savings in places like Toledo City Court. While many in the city would likely agree that other proposed locations like the Frederick Douglass Community Center need energetic upgrades and modernization, the question now arises as to the $ 46 million price tag – money the city needs to borrow – the best way is to make these upgrades.

“We have to be smart. So that we don’t economically hinder future generations or hinder the city’s ability to invest in future capital projects and construction, ”said Katie Moline, Councilor for Toledo.

Councilor Moline has spoken several times about the Leopardo project, which would enable green energy changes and fuel savings for seven buildings. The largest proposed cost savings are what are known as “avoided capital costs” of $ 77 million. But what exactly are avoided capital cost savings?

“I need to know what that means,” says Moline. “We can clearly see that there are energy savings in lighting and savings in building maintenance. What are avoided capital costs and how are these savings measured. “

“There are many different ways to look at numbers, and sometimes I just shrug my shoulders and just try to look at things with common sense,” says Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. “The people whose job it is to maintain these buildings told us that getting this regulation passed will save money.”

Because of this, Mayor Kapszukiewicz supports the plan to invest now to avoid potentially more expensive repairs across the board. Even if people question the $ 46 million in borrowed money to save what Leopardo says it will be $ 88 million.

“Companies will obviously argue, show their best face and that’s fine, but for me theirs are…. the numbers they throw around are … I don’t care, ”says Kapszukiewicz. “They are not a central part of my thinking at all.”

“We have to make these investments, but we have to make sure that what we are selling is correct, that it is transparent, and that we are responsible for those dollars,” says Moline.

The city council nearly voted on those dollars last week, but the legislation was left in a committee for further discussion. The mayor said Tuesday that while reading the guidelines, they believe that federal funds from the Jobs Act cannot be used for this project.

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