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Ton Waniewski's July 2009 Newsletter

BP Pipe
The BP refinery in Oregon is going to be installing new pipeline in District 5. I don't have all the details just yet, but if you live in the neighborhood of Bellevue and points south BP will be boring the pipeline in the vicinity of the railroad tracks between Monroe and Berdan.

With Columbia Gas replacing pipe, and the Douglas Rd./475 construction (see story below), there's a lot of heavy construction going on this summer. Thank you for your patience as these improvements are completed.

Douglas Road Overpass On Schedule

Carty must be causing Monroe County Malaise !

WSPD Extreme Radio- Investigate Carty Finkbeiner causing economic dysfunction in Monroe County.

County safe from layoffs -- for now
by Joshua Kennedy
http://www.monroenews.com/article/20090708/NEWS01/707089992/-1/NEWS
Evening News staff writer , July 08. 2009
The Monroe County Board of Commissioners got some harsh news Tuesday, but employees across the county can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now.
The board now may have a plan that can eliminate - at least this year - layoffs.

Oops, Yet Another Lawsuit

Perhaps some of the city's money woes have orginated from all the lawsuits against the city, city employees and the Mayor. For example starting with 2008:

1. Karen Stranahan filed suit against the garbage tax stating that it was taxation without representation.

2. The Midwest Retailors Association filed suit station the the city was in violation of the 4th, 5th, 13th and 14th Ammendment of the United States Constitution.

3. The Civil Rights Commision filed suit against the city for discrimantory practices towards employees that worked for the Mayor in 2008
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Dope-smoking causes cancer

- Healthy Living:Marijuana Causes Cancer, California Regulators Say
Friday, June 19, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — Marijuana smoke has joined tobacco smoke and hundreds of other chemicals on a list of substances California regulators say cause cancer.

The ruling Friday by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment likely will force pot shops with 10 or more employees to post warnings. Final guidelines are expected by the time warning requirements take effect in a year.

The listing only applies to marijuana smoke, not the plant itself.

Sylvania Township Walmart gets robs of $30,000 by employee

Anybody heard of this happening? Apparently a supervisory employee at night was picking up the cash from the cash registers and took the money and ran.

open letter to our nation's leadership:

I got this in an email yesterday. It was very similar to the last post that American Heartland entered on the NPR thread, so I thought it might make an interesting post.

Mayor Again Ducks Questions

On Friday of last week WSPD broke the story of Sue Frederick the acting dir. of Streets, Bridges, and Harbors writing parking tickets for people whose cars are parked on gravel near thier homes. Since then the tv stations have picked up the story and the TPPA has suggested they may file suit to stop the process as Ms. Frederick is not authorized to issue tickets.

Toledo Choose Local $2 stimulus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2009

Who: Toledo Choose Local
What: $2 Economic Stimulus Plan
When: Saturday, June 13, 9am – 2 pm
Where: Toledo Farmer’s Market

WSPD News- Ohio Supreme Court Rules On Residency Requirements

The WSPD newsroom is reporting that this morning the Ohio Supreme Court handed down a ruling on the validity of cities requiring employees to reside within the city limits. The court has ruled that municipalities CANNOT require employees to "reside in any specific area of the state".
Dan Wagner will be my guest on Thursday morning to discuss the local implications. WSPD news will have reaction from the city.

Darlene Fisher Presses on:

Tonight a Toledo Public School Board Retreat was held at the Kent Branch Library. There was an emergency proposal for $750,000 for improvements at the Devillbiss building that will eventually house Scott High School students. This construction money seems pretty innocent until you realize why so much money is being spent because Scott High School students will be learning alongside of Grove Patterson students, Toledo Technology Academy students and I believe Ryder students.

DeeDee's Talk of the Township newsletter update

Meeting on TARTA Sales Tax Proposal

When: June 11, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Township Hall, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Road
Several months ago, TARTA officials began slowly floating out
the idea of switching the funding method for TARTA. Currently, TARTA is funded by
the property owners in 9 jurisdictions (Toledo, Perrysburg, Ottawa Hills, Waterville,
Rossford, Spencer Township, and Sylvania City and Township). Currently, they collect

Ward Welcomes Clark to Campaign for City Council At-Large

Toledo, OH – The race for city council continues to increase with over two dozen people obtaining petitions to get on the ballot.

Ward asserts, “I am excited about all the candidates who are entering the fray for city council. Toledo is currently in a crisis, in a desperate need of transformation. I commend Mr. Clark and all those who are willing to take a step forward in a time such as this. This will provide more options for the citizens of Toledo in their quest for change.”

The Community Must Come Together

WARD PRESENTS “SILENCE THE VIOLENCE” RALLY
The Community Must Come Together

Toledo, OH – It is time for the community to rally together and silence the violence that continues to happen in our city. Since the police layoffs occurred, there have been shootings, robberies...even the elderly have been targeted.

Toledo City Council Votes to Fund Green Job Training

Toledo City Council
Votes to Fund Green Job Training

Toledo-Lucas County Green Jobs Partnership
To Help Grow New Economy

May 27, 2009, For Immediate Release

Toledo, OH – Last night, Toledo City Council passed an ordinance allocating $50,000 to the Toledo–Lucas County Green Jobs Partnership training program. Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara and Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak formed the Green Jobs Partnership to create a comprehensive green-jobs training program that prepares our workforce for entry-level jobs in the emerging green-collar economy.

Toledo Choose Local $2 Economic Stimulus Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2009

Who: Toledo Choose Local
What: $2 Economic Stimulus Plan
When: Saturday, May 30, 9am – 2 pm
Where: Toledo Farmer’s Market

Toledo Choose Local, a non-profit that supports locally-owned independent businesses, is
empowering Toledo area residents to take our economic condition in our own hands. Consumers
will have the opportunity to make a commitment of spending their money at only locally-owned

Downtown Toledo Flowers

According to an article in the Toledo Blade, flowers will once more be planted in the city reguardless of publlic opinion. The amount to be spent on the flowers is approximately $23,000. Although Mr. Garvin, commissioner of parks and forestry, had recommended spending only half that amount on flowers, the city has ordered the $23.000 worth of annuals from seven nurseries in Toledo.

LATTA TO ADDRESS EMPLOYEES AT PRO-TEC

Congressman Bob Latta (R- Bowling Green) will hold a media availability
during his visit to Pro-Tec in Leipsic on Monday, June 1st.

Congressman Latta will meet with Pro-Tec management and employees to
discuss Cap and Trade legislation that is currently being debated in
Congress.

Media availability information is as follows

ADDRESS:

PRO-TEC Coating Company
Training Room, Main Office Building, CG1 5000 County Road 5, Leipsic, OH
45856

9:55- Media will meet in the Conference Room.

10:00- Congressman Latta will deliver remarks to Pro-Tec employees.

City Council Rejects Fire Fee

On Tuesday, City Council rejected the mayor's proposal of billing home owner's insurance companies for fire service calls. Of the twelve city council members, only two were in favor of the billing.
Also according to article in the Toledo Blade, 131 more additional police, 141 fireman and 91 civilian employees could be laid-off if the city unions do not make concessions as explained by Councilman Frank Szollosi.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090527/NEWS16/90...

Paul Tetuan Introduces Strategy for Business-Friendly City

Toledo, Ohio. Paul Tetuan, Independent candidate for Toledo City Council, made the following remarks at a press conference today at 4:30 p.m., at One Government Center.

Thank all of you for coming here today. I want to take this opportunity to talk about the suddenly larger field of at-large Toledo City Council candidates.

Poll: Americans are more satisfied with Medicare than private healthcare insurance

"In a national Commonwealth Fund survey, elderly Medicare beneficiaries reported greater overall satisfaction with their health coverage, better access to care, and fewer problems paying medical bills than people covered by employer-sponsored plans. The findings bolster the argument that offering a public insurance plan similar to Medicare to the under-65 population has the potential to improve access and reduce costs."

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/In-the-Literature/2...

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