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Solutions to fight blight in Toledo

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13abc has received several emails and calls from viewers complaining about high grass and weeds around the city. We are working to get answers asking city leaders what solutions they're looking into.

If you drive around Toledo you'll see lots of high grass. Taxi driver Matt Siffer says it's a problem.

"For one it's a safety issue. If you are in a subdivision or whatever literally you can't see around the corners," said Matt Siffer Taxi Driver.      

This father says he nearly got into an accident on Fernwood with his kids in the car.

"I was coming up here one time and I had to be all the way in the intersection to see the cars coming this way and there was actually a car coming this way. I had to back up just because of the weeds right here the tall and stuff. so that's very dangerous they don't come out here and do nothing about it," said a concerned citizen.  

Animals some neighbors say they would rather not deal with. In 2006 the city used non-violent inmates to clean up blight.  Wednesday I asked city leader Bob Reinbolt if Toledo has considered bringing back that program.

"There have been concerns expressed by the neighborhoods that we are bringing in prisoners and we're bring in people who have guards with them. That's something will explore further, but it has been something that has not worked out in the past," said Bob Reinbolt with the City of Toledo.

According to this press release yesterday the deputy court administrator from Toledo municipal court called the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio to talk about offender programs which might work in Toledo.

"I don't know man I think there's a lot wouldn't agree with that," said a concerned citizen.

"Works for me. I'm not in government that's there job to come up with solutions for problems. What you have is a sanitation problem, a safety problem and a personal responsibility problem," said Siffer.  

A problem that Toledoans just want cleaned up.


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