TOLEDO, Ohio - Toledo's mayor says voters would have a say in the creation of a regional water authority.
Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said Wednesday that Toledo's voters should decide on the creation of the Toledo Area Water Authority if Toledo City Council approves an ordinance it is considering.
“We have come to the opinion that if city council moves forward with the ordinance that is before it, it will trigger a section 79 vote of the citizens,” the mayor said. “That is an opinion that our law director and my administration embraces.”
Leaders from Toledo, Lucas County, Maumee, Perrysburg, Sylvania, Whitehouse, Fulton County, Monroe County, and the Northwestern Water and Sewer District signed a memorandum of understanding regarding regional water on Jan. 31. Each municipality would have to approve in order for the regional water authority to be created.
A series of public meetings on regional water have been scheduled during the month of March to get input from residents. A meeting has been scheduled for each council district.
The meetings will be:
- Thursday, March 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Council District 2, Bowsher High School, 2200 Arlington Ave.
- Thursday, March 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Council District 3, East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave.
- Thursday, March 15, 6-7:30 p.m.Council District 5, Sanger Branch Library, 3030 West Central Ave.
- Thursday, March 22, 6-8 p.m.Council District 6, Friendship Park Community Center, 2930 131st St.
- Monday, March 26, 6-7:30 p.m.Council District 1, Gesu Sullivan Center, 2049 Parkside Blvd.
- Thursday, March 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Council District 4, Nexus Healthcare, 1415 Jefferson Ave.