mayoral candidates faced off again Tuesday night, but instead of putting each
other on the spot, they were challenged by neighborhood leaders.
Mike Bell and challenger Mike Collins answered questions from the South Toledo
Neighborhood Alliance – a newly-formed organization comprised of the Arlington,
Highland Heights and Burroughs neighborhood associations.
love our neighborhoods and we want to keep that, and we feel the city should be
working with us to do that," said Perry Lefevre of the Arlington Neighborhood
candidates were asked if they support efforts to stop a sexually-oriented
after-hours club, rumored to be opening in the old Southaire restaurant
building on Airport Highway. Both answered ‘yes.'
immediately got the Department of Neighborhoods and Code Inspection to become
involved," Collins said. "We have sufficiency in law in the City of Toledo to
prevent that from ever happening, and for that establishment from ever opening."
is our intent to continue to monitor that," Mayor Bell added. "We do have laws,
as Councilman Collins stated, on the books to be able to handle these types of
issues, so we are on top of it."
and Collins both promised to have a strong police presence in the neighborhoods,
and to upgrade parks, but they both rejected a pledge to model a ‘property
maintenance code' after one in Youngstown to control vacant and foreclosed
homes. They said there are laws already in place in Toledo for that.
only pointed comments between the two came in closing statements.
trying to move this ship we call Toledo moving in the right direction," Bell
said. "We've turned it the one degree necessary to make our city better and it
Collins said there are 12 fewer police on the street than when Bell took office
almost four years ago.
has replaced officers due to retirements, but we do not have a greater police
presence," Collins said. "I promise you that will happen."
will determine who is best for their neighborhoods on Nov. 5.