District 5 June Newsletter
Secor Road Updates:
Work has begun on Secor from Alexis to the state line. This project involves widening to three lanes and changing the alignment of Whiteford Center as it ties in to Secor. Construction will be completed in November.
In 2013, that dreaded pot-hole-laced Secor from Central to Monroe will undergo a complete reconstruct. The alignment and geometrics will be the same. I know; 2013 can’t get here fast enough.
Now if we can get Secor paved from Laskey to Alexis. The city is still working on funding sources for this stretch.
4100 – 4200 Bowen: Engineers say this area of Bowen is, “in extremely poor condition.” But residents already knew that. 15 years ago, the street was given a major upgrade including new concrete base and curbs. The city will be patching holes until funding comes for a total repaving.
Sylvania Ave. Meeting: There will be a meeting to discuss Sylvania Ave. reconstruction from Jackman to Lewis. The meeting is June 9th from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. at Augsburg Lutheran Church, 1342 W. Sylvania Ave.
Deveaux Foodtown Update
I’ve been told the old Foodtown in the DeVeaux Village Shopping Center could be sold soon. In the interest of confidentiality with the Realtors, I can’t say who the prospective buyers are. I know residents have expressed concern about the lawn in the area, so that will be addressed after closing. I’ll keep you posted.
Timed Traffic Lights
I asked the administration to look into the timing of lights particularly at Secor and Monroe in light of the construction on 475 and the subsequent closed entrance and exit ramps. Here’s what I’ve been told: “Transportation personnel have been engaged in review of conditions in the vicinity of the Secor Rd. and Talmadge Rd. interchanges. We are in the process of evaluating potential changes to improve traffic flow. Personnel will also review traffic flow associated with the Monroe St. project to determine whether modifications are appropriate.”
Cost of Running the City
During a committee meeting to discuss the potential of the city buying parts of Libbey High School, I inquired as to the cost of running the Ottawa Park Ice Rink. Here’s what I learned:Staff: $27,770
Zamboni Maintenance/Fuel: 6,226
Misc. (skate sharpener, first aid): 300
As you may know by now, the city has withdrawn its interest in buying any part of Libbey.
Bulk Drop Off
Thanks to a bunch of hard-working workers for helping me with my fourth bulk-drop off in the district. Thanks also for the help of our Neighborhoods Dept. for their coordination. Especially thanks to Colleen, my legislative aide, for her tireless efforts.
More Opportunities: Councilwoman Lindsay Webb is having a bulk drop off June 25th at Bowman Park. Lindsay and I have collaborated on services since our districts connect. Bowman Park, I believe, covers both our districts. You can bring your big items from 10 a.m to noon.
I came across a kindly gentleman watering his flowers in a bed near the curb on Cheltenham. I stopped to talk with Ira, who has lived in his house since 1963. He tells me the original idea for the flower beds started on the street between Marvin and Ilger in 1949 by one of the builders in that neighborhood. Since then, it has spread up and down the street and now 90 homes take part in this annual spring ritual. What a great source of neighborhood pride.
Effective this month, Toledo Police will charge a $4 fee for copies of crash reports who request the data in person. You can still get the reports at no cost online, here.
Items I Find Interesting
After the city clarified parking licenses for downtown businesses, 52 licenses were issued. 17 were new.
There are 18,000 parking spaces downtown. 1,000 are metered.
The city is working with Lucas County in a Land Banking Program designed to get a grip on vacant, neglected property. If you’re interested in making properties more productive again, click here and learn more.
Calendar of Some Events
Here are a couple of things happening in the district in June:Saturday, June 11th – The Area Office on Aging is having it’s 50+ Sports Classic at the track and field at St. Francis de Sales High School, 2323 W. Bancroft. Opening ceremonies are at 9 a.m.
Saturday, June 11th - Flag Day Ceremoniesat Toledo Elks Lodge #53 at 3520 Holland Sylvania. I will be speaking to the gathering about the importance of this day. Stop out and say hi. The public is welcomed.
BS Fest – June 9th through the 12th. Fr. Donnelly and his parish do a great job at this annual, family event. Learn more here.
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