Council members want to create Toledo Blight Authority - Toledo News Now, Breaking News, Weather, Sports, Toledo

Council members want to create Toledo Blight Authority

Posted: Updated:
Council members Jack Ford, Mike Craig and Tom Waniewski Council members Jack Ford, Mike Craig and Tom Waniewski
Demolition work has begun at the former Clarion Hotel Demolition work has begun at the former Clarion Hotel
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Several Toledo City Council members have proposed a blight authority to deal with the common problem in the city, but the mayor might stand in the way of their proposal becoming a reality.

Tall grass and vacant homes have been a growing problem in the Glass City. Councilmen Mike Craig, Tom Waniewski and Jack Ford are now pushing for a "Toledo Blight Authority," which would provide more resources to clean up blighted property and keep them that way.

"To encourage citizens to take responsibility for the conditions of their own neighborhoods," Councilman Craig said of the proposal.

Residents, community organizations, churches and youths would be invited to make it happen.

"The amount of blight varies from my district to others, but we're all in this together," said Councilman Waniewski. "I think some of the ideas put forth there have a lot of appeal to us district members."

The council members and others who support the proposal say the city's blight problem might be worse than ever.

If council approves the proposal, the blight authority would work with the city to improve cleanup efforts. But Mayor D. Michael Collins says his anti-blight efforts through his Tidy Towns program is already working. He cited recent progress at the former Clarion Hotel and Acme Power Plant sites.

"The people that were talking to you today, for the most part, were on city council when I screamed and hollered to bring down that Clarion Hotel, and they didn't do anything with it, and neither did the previous administration," Collins said.

The mayor said he will send council a legal opinion on Friday, showing if they even have the right to create a blight authority.

Follow Toledo News Now:  

Mobile users, click on the "video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here.

Copyright 2014 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Council members want to create Toledo Blight AuthorityMore>>