Separately, City Council also agreed to spend up to $400,000 to remove the third and final pedestrian bridge that remains above Summit Street. “We should have looked at hiring a different law firm so it doesn’t look to the citizens of Toledo that we are not doing our due diligence,” McPherson said. In other business
The firm, Spengler Nathanson, is the same one Council agreed to bring on last month for $75,000 to help with its lawsuit against Buckeye Broadband’s parent company Block Communications Inc. The city is trying to recoup the costs from moving Buckeye’s utility lines for the Summit Street project. It’s still not known what or who federal authorities are investigating.
Councilwoman Cassandra McPherson voted against spending the money this time. She said she worried about how the city would look having the same firm representing it in both situations. 13abc reported in April that the FBI is asking city officials questions about the project.
In September voters will cast ballots in the primary for Toledo City Council and mayor. But if the citizens approve, Toledo’s municipal primaries could be in May starting in 2023 like other Lucas County communities. “I’m excited about the progress they’re making,” said Council Member Sam Melden. “It’s a vital resource for so many in our communities.”
Council voted to add Toledo to the list of cities green-lighting TARTA’s expansion and funding changes. Voters will ultimately make the final decision on expansion in November. TARTA is one step closer to hitting the streets throughout Lucas County.
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