- Ordinance 154-21 which would amend local preference requirements for evaluating bids for city contracts. Currently in the municipal code:
- Resolution 180-21 which would urge Congress to include in its renewal of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill $25 billion for capital projects and $300 million for operations over five years as part of Amtrak’s proposed Corridors Development Program. The resolution also urges providing in the Transportation, Housing & Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill $5 billion for capital projects and $60 million for operations to fund the program. Under Amtrak’s proposal, service to Toledo would be expanded by three daily trains in each direction via a route between Cleveland and Detroit.
- Ordinance 182-21 which would require that beverages listed on children’s menus at restaurants in the city be sparkling water or flavored water with no added sweeteners; non-fat or one-percent milk or non-dairy alternative containing no more than 150 calories; or fruit juice with no added sweeteners of no more than eight ounces. Customers could still request a different beverage. The ordinance would be effective six months after passage. Similar ordinances were adopted last year in Ohio by Columbus and Cleveland city councils.
- Two ordinances that would adopt the recommendations of the Salary Review & Recommendation Commission to adjust salaries for the Mayor and members of City Council. Ordinance 184-21 would increase the Mayor’s salary from $122,400 to $136,000 effective next year, which was the previous salary level between 2002 and 2009. Ordinance 185-21 would increase the City Council salary from $27,500 to $45,000 effective next year for at-large members and 2024 for district members. The current $4,500 addition for the member serving as Council President would remain the same. The recommended increases are meant to be comparative with surrounding cities of similar size and provide equitable compensation for time commitments.
Also, Council is expected to give first reading to Resolution 181-21 which would adopt the “Five I’s of Disability Justice Policy Framework” for use in developing approaches for inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, education, housing, healthcare, transportation, physical access, and social opportunity. The framework includes using the principles of “Involvement, Independence, Inclusion, Implementation and Intersectionality” in the development of disability-friendly public policy.
The public may watch the council meeting online by visiting https://toledo.legistar.com and scrolling down to the April 13 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.