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The City of Toledo has been awarded over $3.5 million in federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban
Development to continue stabilizing and strengthening Toledo neighborhoods that have been hit by the foreclosure crisis.
The grant is part of the third round of funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and was allocated as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Toledo’s award was the third highest allocation among Ohio cities and counties, higher than Cincinnati’s allocation ($3.1 million) despite its rank as the third most populous Ohio city. Approximately 250 U.S. cities and counties received NSP III allocations. Toledo’s allocation landed the city in the top 50 nationwide based on amount received.
The money will be used locally to acquire and rehabilitate foreclosed homes in order to make them salable once again. The funding can also be used to provide qualifying homebuyers with down payment assistance.
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Stoner told The Press Wednesday night that he and council conducted four separate interviews of the candidates.
“There were four interviews, two yesterday, and two tonight. Each was an hour long,” he said.
Stoner was impressed with one candidate, though he declined to identify him.
He has asked each member of council to compile a list that ranks each candidate and submit them to him as soon as possible.
“I’m hoping the person I want, they can at least agree on. There is just one I feel more strongly about,” said Stoner.
So what are the qualities of a city administrator?
The news comes on the heels of Aqua Line of Findlay’s annual check of the system. Village officials have spent $2,500 yearly for about a decade to have the company evaluate its system.
“If anything we end up saving,” said Public Works Director Kevin Gladden. After leaks were found and fixed, “We are probably at 10 percent water loss overall. That’s pretty good,” he said.
Aqua Line reported to village council in August that the Genoa water system is losing an estimated 5,000 gallons per day, according to Garth Reynolds, Village Administrator.
Genoa maintains its own system lines but receives water by contract from the City of Oregon. The village can receive up to 1 million gallons per day. Currently, Genoa uses about 300,000 to 350,000 gallons per day, Gladden said. The bulk of that usage is tied to service to the Ohio Turnpike maintenance garage and travel station as well as Guardian Industries, the director explained.
Village workers have fixed some of the smaller line leaks, including those associated with several fire hydrants. However, two other projects, including a main pressure line, will have to be done by professionals, Reynolds said.
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