Kicking off the month of November, the Toledo City Council met in the City Hall for their meeting of November 2. Starting the meeting with full attendance, the council approved the minutes and then proceeded to recess the council meeting for two public hearings.
The first public hearing regarding the Waste Water Treatment Facility (WWTF) Final Project Review began at 6:02 pm. For this topic, the council notified the public that the facility is now completed and running. After this announcement, the City Clerk Michelle Whitten reminded the audience of the celebration on November 12, at 10 am for the completion of this project. With no comment from the council on this topic, the council went into the next public hearing. This following hearing was regarding the "2016 Budget." Under this topic, the council told those in attendance that this was for the money in which they banked capacity last year. As there were no comments from the audience, the council ended the hearing and resumed the Council Meeting.
Starting the Council Meeting with Department Reports. For the first report, Mayor Jerry Pratt informed the council that he had looked into the matter of what the mayor could or could not veto. This report was brought forth by his research of the ability to veto a vote the council had made to pay a citizen for a certain payment. Pratt continued that he had done this research to make sure the council had not overstepped their bounds. He reported that he wanted to make sure that the council wouldn't get into trouble for spending budget funds. The end result that he had discovered was that he could not veto this vote and that the council had not overstepped their bounds. After this report, the council began to ponder the idea of other ways to prevent this situation from happening again.
Under the new ideas, they discussed other various forms of ways to write receipts. Following this discussion, the council turned their attention to Public Works, Craig McCown.
In McCown reports, he told the council there were "no problems" and the goal to get the park mowed once more before the parade, should the weather hold up.
With no further report, Councilman Nate Cook again brought up the matter of looking into the street lights that had been flickering or not working correctly.
McCown replied that he would look into it as well as requesting the night shift police officers look as well. Concluding his report, McCown returned to his seat as Police Chief Brockmueller was brought forth to give his report.
Brockmueller reported to the council there had been "20 calls of service in the past two weeks." Following his report with no questions, he called forward the newest member to introduce himself. "Welcome aboard." Councilman Steve Dobosh said to the newest officer as he sat back down in his seat.
Moving to City Clerk's, Michelle Whitten report, she started with the matter of the Town Hall. In her report, she told the council cracks had been found in the building. Her next item to report was the matter of closing the park to vehicular traffic as of November 1st due to the damage to the roads within the park.
Although the park will be closed to vehicles, it was said that the bathrooms would still be open during the day. With no remaining department reports or other business, the meeting was adjourned for five minutes before the council was to return for a Budget Workshop.
After the adjournment and five minute break, the council came back for the discussions of Property Tax Information and Health Insurance Information. In this workshop, the council discussed the information in front of them and discussed their opinions of what they believed should happen. After the discussions had been held and no vote was needed for either topic, Whitten told the council she would have everything typed up and prepared for a public hearing at the next meeting on November 16 at 6 pm.