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Key Decisions Mark the Week Ahead

Mayor Bell, TPS Board to Decide Big Issues
Photo by: Chris Myers

A pair of big decisions coming on Tuesday are burning behind the scenes like a vacant home in the Old South End.

 

First, Toledo Mayor Mike Bell must cast the tie-breaking vote on the much-debated and controversial immigration resolution recently forwarded by councilmen Adam Martinez and Joe McNamara.

But there's a misnomer out there that the mayor's vote will break the tie to approve or disapprove. This instead is a procedural vote to determine which committee ends up with the resolution-- council's Parks, Recreation, and Community Relations committe headed by Steve Steel or the Public Safety and Law committee chaired by Mike Collins, who contended both the resolution and a racial profiling ordinance belonged before his committee in the first place.

Depending on the outcome, the resolution may get to a full vote by city council or die in committee. The mayor has taken two weeks to consider the relevance and importance of the issue.

Some have criticized the measure as outside the scope of Toledo's concern, when the greater community has problems of its own to overcome and solve. Others take a different view, that attempts in Ohio to pass an Arizona-esque immigration law should be met head-on with statements against it like the one council is considering and Lucas County Commissioners recently approved.

Meantime, the fat