Lindsay Webb Delivers - March 2008 Quarterly Report

Lindsay Webb Delivers For District 6

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District 6 Streets Set For Improvement

In cooperation with the City Engineering Services Department I am pleased list the following streets are scheduled for improvement in 2008:

102nd - From 290th to Summit
104th - From 290th to Summit
119th - From Summit to Dead End
131st - From Summit to Edgewater
Carthage/Laclede - From Lowe to Rollins
Chestnut - From Manhattan to Central
Franklin - From Manhattan to Central
Warsaw - From Hudson to Central
Wersell - From Manhattan to S. Expressway
Willys - From Eleanor to Crestwood
Windemere - From Lagrange to cul-de-sac

Ohio Theatre Thanks Councilwoman Webb

Michael Nelson, president of the historic Ohio Theatre on Lagrange Street, announces that the new side doors for the theatre's restoration were installed on March 19. "Lindsay was instrumental in helping us get the paperwork through City Hall so we could get approval for our Façade Grant. Without her help, we would not have made this much progress yet." Ohio Theatre is in the process of putting new sidewalks around the entire building as well as ramps for accessibility.

Library Village Neighborhood Revitalization Committee Plans Annual Spring Fling

In early December 2007, the Library Village Neighborhood Revitalization Committee (LVNRC) held a Children Holiday Celebration for the families in the West Toledo Library Village area. As part of that spectacular event, I had the opportunity to read the Clement Clarke Moore's The Night Before Christmas. In addition to crafts and cookies, the group distributed well over 100 smoke detectors to area families in need.

The LVNRC has planned a similar community event for Saturday, May 10, at the West Toledo Branch Library at 1320 West Sylvania for young children in the neighborhood and their families. At the Spring Fling, LVNRC will have members of the Toledo Fire Department on hand with smoke detectors and an opportunity for children to learn about fire safety in the smoke house. This is a great opportunity to foster community, for more information contact: Jena Black at 419.478.0183.

Basement Flooding Grant Program

Toledo's Basement Flooding Grant Program was instituted to assist property owners in the purchase and installation of corrective measures to prevent basement flooding caused by sanitary sewer backups. Grants are provided for check valves, stand pipes, sump pumps and other corrective measures taken only to prevent backup of sanitary sewage.

The City of Toledo will fund 100% of the cost of corrective measures, up to a maximum of $2,000 per property, but accepts no liability for damages resulting from work funded under this program. The property owner may perform the work or contract to have it done.

For more information on the process to apply for and receive monies from this grant, please contact me at 419.245.1050.

Finkbeiner & Webb Request Federal Funding

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner joined me to request federal funding to complete a risk-based assessment of the levee in the Point Place area known as "The Back of the Point." The assessment is necessary to determine what, if any, improvements are needed to assure that the Army Corp of Engineers does not add nearly 2,000 Point Place homes to the 100-year flood plain whose residents would then be forced to purchase expensive flood insurance.

"The existing levee has worked for more than 20 years," said Councilwoman Webb. "With water levels down, it seems rather foolish for FEMA to add residents to the flood plain."

FEMA has offered to let the City of Toledo "provisionally certify" the levee and agrees to an "aggressive schedule" to study the levee over a two-year period. This process will forestall the requirement of flood insurance for these residents.

"We're asking Congresswoman Kaptur to garner federal support and assist in funding the risk-based assessment," Webb notes. "These people - many of whom are on a fixed income - paid their assessments and don't think they should have to pay for the Army Corp's lack of vision and foresight."

"If improvements are needed, that will be a major hit on the City's already tight capital improvement budget," said Mayor Finkbeiner. "Lindsay's been out front on this issue. We're going to do everything we can to support her and the residents of Point Place to keep them off of the flood plain maps and assure that they aren't assessed again for what they've already paid for."

Support Our Woodward Polar Bears

As your City Councilwoman and as a concerned citizen, I have been closely involved in the Woodward High School community design meetings. I recently corresponded with TPS Superintendent John Foley stating that we need his assurance that Woodward will receive the same level of funding for the new auditorium and athletic facilities that the other Toledo high schools have received. Superintendent Foley has responded that the locally funded initiative dollars for those facilities are budgeted. But we estimate that the community will still need to raise $600,000 to have parity with other TPS high schools.

I have taken a personal interest in this project because of the impact it will have on the neighborhood I represent. I have pledged my support to the Woodward Learning Community and I will do everything I can to help in my capacity within the City and as a concerned citizen. As part of that commitment, I have been involved in an effort started by the Woodward staff and Principal Ramirez to raise additional money for the athletic facilities. I encourage you to join us in this huge undertaking. Please contact me at 419.245.1050 to let me know how you can help raise funds for the Woodward High School Athletic Boosters.

Toledo City Council Passes Balanced Budget

As a follow up to the District 6 Budget Hearing that was held on March 11th at the Friendship Senior Center in which approximately 50 concerned Citizens shared their thoughts and concerns, I'd like to update you on some of the items that were passed.

Many of you will remember that as a campaign promise I made the commitment that I would not support a trash fee, my votes on March 25th were consistent with that promise.

However, council did approve a phased in version of the zero/ten trash fee, with city residents who do not recycle paying a fee of $7.00 a month and those who do recycle paying a fee of $2.00 per month.

I also voted to approve cuts to the budget offered by the Finkbeiner Administration that enabled the police class to have an earlier starting date. I authored the amendment for the earlier police class start date because I felt very strongly that the sooner we get the police class started, the sooner we have more officers on the streets.

This is the first quarterly newsletter from your District 6 Council Office; I am always available to address concerns or questions.

I can be contacted at 419.245.1050 or by email at lindsay.webb@toledo.oh.gov

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