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Toledo is featured once more in CityVision, the publication of AWC, the Association of American Cities, just 5 years after making the magazine following downtown’s devastating fire.
This time, however, Toledo is lauded as one of only 5 Cool and Connected recipients. Highlighted is the succinct quote from ToledoTel’s Marketing & Sales Manager Sheila Richardson:
“A whole new crowd of tech-savvy homeowners chose this place based on location and the gigabit fiber.”
Check out the full article on page 7 here.
Recap: Toledo City Council met last night in City Chambers.
Police Report: Chief John Brockmueller reported 23 calls of service since last meeting, 7 of them regarding one individual known to officers.
Two new Reserve Officers were sworn in, Jaered Pennington and Nathan Summers, both described as pleased to be on board.
Toledo PD’s new cruiser is now in service, meeting expectations.
Public Works: No report - Supt. Craig McCown absent. Filling in, City Clerk Michelle Whitten noted Toledo’s newest addition to the Public Works Department is working out well, an asset to the crew.
Water leak detecting is still underway by contract specialists for a couple more weeks. Aging meters could misread low-flow as no-flow, although meter replacement has been on-going for some years.
City Clerk: Michelle Whitten reported an interruption in the camera feed today, contacting ToledoTel for tech assistance. A potential breach would place the City of Toledo on a “grey” list which would require remedial action quickly - one or two days - to avoid being “black-listed,” a designation with far-reaching consequences.
Water Tower mural painting estimate could double from the original $19,900 with an additional $20,000 in costs.
Saturday’s Walk in the Park fundraiser has generated few early registrants. As this event is crucial to qualifying for matching funds toward important City Park improvements, an appeal to the community goes out.
Oregon Trail marker rededication ceremony slated for 1 p.m. September 27 is gaining interest, promising to be bigger than anticipated. Several online and print media sources have carried updates on the original restoration project, Common Ground Garden Community landscape project, and the VIP list grows daily.
Other Business: Toledo School District Superintendent Chris Rust announced progress made toward putting a bond measure on the ballot in February 2017, and reminded the room that Citizens for Better Schools meets 6 p.m. September 21, 2016 (Wednesday) at Toledo Fire Department Main Station.
- Resolution 240A - Interlocal agreement with AWC RMSA - passed.
- Chimi’s Family Restaurant liquor license renewal - passed.
Other business: Closure of Fifth Street noon - 2:30 p.m. to accommodate the Oregon Trail Marker Rededication Ceremony September 27 - passed.
Walk in the Park: Joh Jones, treasurer, declared the event needs sponsorship and participants, whether for a walk, the BBQ, or the quilt raffle.
Water Tower mural update: Jones met with the specialists contracted for the project regarding changes to some aspects of the proposed scene, including a meeting scheduled October 1, 2016 with Cowlitz Chair Roy Wilson on an alternative to the Indians iconic fish symbol. Council requested inclusion of David Ike on final painting. Jones was skeptical about Cowlitz endorsing the Council’s wish but agreed to forward their request.
Tourism: James Lovelady proposed incorporating art and history into the bicycle trail by erecting informational signs along the route. Engaging nearby towns to follow suit could create a networked system through South Lewis County. The suggestion was met with approval.
Mayor Dobosh: Lions agreed to donate Saturday’s Walk in the Park BBQ proceeds to the fundraiser.
Council member Guy Spratt: There’s been almost no input from the Planning Commission or Park Board since I was elected…
City Clerk Michelle Whitten clarified that neither has met in recent months, and noted last week’s Park Board meeting has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. September 21, 2016 (Wednesday).
Spratt noted the lack of reports on proposed a children’s water park, bicycle or dog park.
Meeting adjourned 6:30 p.m.
Today: Lewis County Interlocal (Medic One) Board Meeting held third Tuesdays monthly at Toledo Fire Department Main Station. Visit Toledo Fire Department website calendar link here.
Early Alert: Rene’ says - Support Toledo High School FCCLA by attending or participating in the following:
Toledo ASB/FCCLA Breakfast October 15 8:00-10:00 am
Toledo Garage/Vendor Sale at Toledo High School October 15 8:00am-4:00pm
Forms for the vendor/garage sale are on the Toledo Website and more information about the day of the sale.
Thank you for your support.
Tech Tuesday: Who wants cookies? Before you answer, check out this article link from A Grey Area Computer Repair on Greycoder, a privacy-testing service with some in-depth info on the pitfalls of cookies, and more.
On a lighter note, this GIF link will get a chuckle from some of us old-school users.
A Grey Area Computer Repair is on Facebook here.
Google Docs drew me in with its simplicity, my go-to for years now. The downside? Doesn’t convert easily to WordPress. AppSumo has been a great distillery of incredible bargain productivity resources, and Postable is no exception. Link here.
*Scroll down landing page to skip signing up. You can still take advantage of this deal.
From Lifehacker: How To Fix iOS 10’s Biggest Annoyances, link here.
Have you met Alexa? Our Will introduced me last month to Amazon’s virtual assistant. The Gadgeteer notes: The new Echo Dot has a smaller footprint and a smaller price to go along with it. It’s available right now for pre-order for $49.99. Details here.
And this, from groovyPost: Amazon Offers Audible with Prime Accounts. Link here.
Plus: if you key in “smile.amazon.com” you can donate to Cat’s Meow SNAP! Of Lewis County, or any number of other charitable organizations at no extra cost.
Not-So-High-Tech: As progress on the Writer’s Den moves incrementally forward, exploring the various options at each stage is a smorgasbord of ideas. HowTo Specialist is great for beginners like me in the realm of DIY.
Legal-ish: Before you buy, sign or click, you might want to run your next choice past Ripoff Report.com. This site got me results when nobody else did!
Check out frequent updates and progress reports on the young Morgan/Owen family following Jake and Helen’s accident August 19, share your prayers and wishes on their GoFundMe campaign page here.
September 30 Benefit Spaghetti Dinner and Auction will be held 4-10 p.m. at Toledo High School for the Morgan/Owen family.
Contact Catrina Mathis, email@example.com about dinner.
Contact Coordinator Brandi Devine, firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved with the auction.
*Update: Via Facebook, Brandi says “If you have made a commitment to make a contribution to the John Morgan family auction, we need it by Friday the 23rd. It would be very helpful if you included a dollar value so I know where to start bidding or buy now price. Thank you!”
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