Transit moves to council for May ballot PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 24 January 2013 10:42
PERRYSBURG - Council's Health, Sanitation and Public Utilities Committee has officially recommended that a 0.8-mill levy to be placed on the May ballot.
The group voted unanimously Tuesday to direct council to place the measure before voters - and to make additions to the language that will appear in the ballot measure. Council voted on a similar preliminary measure concerning the levy early this month.
If approved, the levy would raise approximately $446,000 per year over five years, bringing back public transit to the city.
There has been no transportation since late November, when Ride Right LLC, which had contracted with the city for gap service, left Perrysburg in the wake of a failed 1.45-mill levy - which missed passage by fewer than 200 votes.
The service to be offered by the new transit plan, if approved, would be somewhat more limited than originally envisioned by the city, though still affording ADA paratransit and call-a-ride options, as well as morning and evening shuttle routes with new vehicles.
The HSPU Tuesday additionally gave the city administration a directive to include more specific terms in the ballot language, including using the phrases "seniors and disabled."
"Last time we kind of gave up early on that," said HSPU chair Todd Grayson.
"We want to make sure our people most in need get where they need to go."
By some accounts, the failed transit levy suffered from vague ballot language, with a number of voters reportedly supposing that ADA service would continue whether the levy passed or not.
In other business, the committee voted to look into the use of a new kind of biodegradeable bag for leaf pickup in the city.
Currently, Perrysburg makes special paper sacks available to residents for the purpose, contracted through the Modern Disposal company.
Grayson noted that a small pilot test in the city of "a plant-derived mesh plastic bag," similar to those in which some produce is sold in grocery stores, was conducted. Grayson said these new bags are easier to pick up.
"I tested it, I love it," said Grayson, though he admitted that "some people were mixed on it."
The committee voted unanimously for Modern Disposal and the mesh bag company, DSolv, to be brought together to determine how a plan for distribution of both bags could be worked out, allowing residents to have their pick.
"For people that garden all the time, like I do, it'll be a really cool change and option for people. And at no cost to the taxpayers."

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