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Council overrides mayor’s veto on water plant expansion

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

By an 11-1 vote on Tuesday, Toledo City Council decided to override a veto from the mayor, which puts on hold any more money from being spent by the city to acquire property for the water plant expansion.

Public Utilities Director Dave Welch says roughly $200,000 of the $700,000 originally authorized by council has not committed. He says three property owners along Collins Park Avenue have already sold to the city, and three other deals are pending.

 Council has done an ‘about face' on the issue due to concerns that the expansion plan is not being shared with neighbors, as well as fears the city would take some home owners to court, even though the administration has never mentioned using eminent domain at any time.

"Our whole motivation for all this is communication between the administration, council and the citizens of the neighborhood," said Councilman Shaun Enright. "I think what we'll be able to do is possibly re-appropriate the money, but with the neighbors' input on the money and some restrictions. That way we make sure there's no eminent domain."

The next step is for a meeting to be held between city officials and neighbors living near the water plant, to try to clear up any misconceptions about the expansion project.

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