District 5 Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski's January 2013 Newsletter
Distributed on January 8, 2013.
(I posted this at Toledo Talk too late for the Christmas tree drop off deadline.)
Christmas Tree Drop Off
The city has long stopped picking up Christmas trees in front of your house. In District 5, you can drop off the old pines at Bowman Park until January 14th. Use the Laskey Road entrance to the park and look for the designated area.
Secor Road Ombudsman
The city is starting to take bids on the Secor Road repaving. Less than a mile of roadway, from 475 to Central, is getting a much-needed paving. Construction will begin by spring and last through November.
The city's department of public utilities, which will be replacing aged pipe far below the surface we drive on, is going to contract with an ombudsman to keep businesses apprised of the work on Secor, and listen to their concerns.
The ombudsman role is one that is being used effectively in Milwaukee. When I visited Milwaukee last November with officials from the DPU, we were able to understand the importance of the ombudsman role.
I know I'll be getting complaints on the paving process, but the city, I believe, is doing a great job mitigating any detriment to motorists and businesses. And in a few short months, we'll be driving on a road free of the crater-like pot holes on Secor.
Leadership Academy Registration
The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding their 2013 Leadership Academy on Mondays, from January 14th through March 18th. The 10-week course prepares individuals to serve their communities effectively by instructing participants about the issues, requirements and expectations associated with public service. You can learn more and register here. I am proud to participate as an instructor again this year.
Things I find Interesting...
It cost Americans $865 million everyday to pay just the interest on our national debt. In the last four years, our debt has grown $121 billion a month.
Based on statistics from Jan. 1 through Nov. 8, 2012, here are the top five intersections where motorists run red lights the most:
5) Secor & Dorr: 834
4) Secor & Alexis; 1,198
3) Trail & Western; 1,229
2) Byrne & Airport; 1,630
1) Alexis & Lewis; 2,421