Council is expected to vote on Ordinance 243-21 which would establish a Local Fiscal Recovery Fund for receipt of ARPA funding pursuant to guidance from the Ohio Auditor of State. The city is expected to receive an estimated $188.7 million in direct funding under the ARPA, with the first half expected to be disbursed as early as this month and the other half expected 12 months later.
Also at the meeting, Council will likely vote on the following:
- Resolution 209-21 which would demonstrate Council’s support for solar purchasing co-ops and direct the city to provide venues and other in-kind support for informational meetings on the topic in each council district. Solar purchasing co-ops are voluntary groups that buy solar panels in bulk with the goal of making solar power more accessible. According to the resolution, non-profit Solar United Neighbors of Ohio is in the process of organizing a co-op in Lucas County.
- Ordinance 246-21 which would approve $661,545 for summer recreation programming and $691,348 for mentorship and summer employment programming. The ordinance originally derived funding for the programs from expected ARPA dollars, but it was recently amended to instead fund them via general operating fund dollars.
- Ordinance 248-21 which would approve $89,525 for a contract with Deloitte Consulting LLP for revising the disconnection and reconnection process for non-payment of water bills. According to the city, the services are needed due to recent changes in its billing system including the conversion from quarterly to monthly billing.
Resolutions 253-21, 254-21, 255-21, 256-21, and 257-21 are expected to be referred to the Toledo Plan Commission. The resolutions would approve street and alley vacations within the vicinity of Madison Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, 18th Street, and 19th Street in the Uptown neighborhood to facilitate the planned Village on the Green apartment development proposed by ProMedica and Columbus-based Windsor Development.
The public may watch the Council meeting online by visiting https://toledo.legistar.com and scrolling down to the May 11 meeting and clicking on “in progress”.
As Manager for Local Government Advocacy, Tim Schneider advocates for local policies and laws that safeguard and foster a pro-business environment in the Toledo Region. Tim has more than 10 years of legislative and public policy experience with the local, state and federal levels of government.