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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The City of Toledo is suing the owners of the former
Southwyck Mall property, claiming the city is owed more than $30,000.
The former mall was demolished in 2009, and now the city
says that property has become a major nuisance. In a lawsuit filed this week in
Lucas County Common Pleas Court, the city claims it is owed more than $21,000
for grass and weed cutting, and more than $11,000 for unpaid storm water bills.
Rick Akeman, manager of Toledo's Beautification Action
Team, says city crews have worked on that property three times this year.
"I bring a whole crew, two tractor drivers, four laborers
and I have another individual who has a pesticide/herbicide license," he said. "We
try to keep the weeds down. The moment we let this go, the weeds and grass
would be 10 feet high. With anything that high, it'll harbor rodents and it
also encourages illegal dumping."
Councilman Mike Collins, who's challenging Mayor Bell in
his re-election bid, says the lawsuit has the potential to ruin any chances of
"The principles of Southwyck have to make a business
decision. Are they going to do the developing, or are they going to sell the
property?" Collins said. "I know right now I can say they have plans to figure
out what's the best way to market. On top of that, I'm the district council
member. You'd think he'd give me the common courtesy to tell me what's going