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It is going to take a lot of convincing

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March 22, 2017
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

What we know for sure is the Toledo City Council voted 4-1 last week to relocate the City Clerk's Office from the Toledo Community Building to the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center.

We know the council met in a closed session with one Toledo resident also present to discuss the sale of the Community Building on Feb. 13.

We know the council has a two-member research committee of it's own members for usage of the Community Building.

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After that, rumors abound about plans for the property but nothing has been publically revealed which has been verified.

The Toledo City Council should be encouraged to support the current use of the Toledo Community Building as a cornerstone of our historic downtown. The council needs to recognize the value of city offices, senior meals and activities at the Toledo Healthy Lifestyles Center, the Chamber of Commerce Office, the youth and adults served by Pam's School of Dance and the occasional use of the building for special events.

The traffic and goodwill these create is at stake. The very programs may be forced to go out-of-town or could they, themselves, close down and be lost?

As was written here when the idea of allowing downtown storefront apartments in Toledo was floated by the council: Many Iowa towns would welcome downtown Toledo's ammeities to build upon and the Community?Building is one of them.

That position is held - unless there's some rock-solid reasons put fourth for all citizens to review not just a two-member research committee.



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