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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.