Jack Ford: Toledo is in a blight crisis

<font size="3" face="Calibri">Ford wants city council to install a blight authority team.</font>

TOLEDO -- Toledo councilman Jack Ford is drawing attention to what he calls a Toledo crisis: blight piles of trash, tall weeds and abandoned houses.

Ford said the city administration has let the growing problem slip through the cracks and now itâ??s time to step up. It's not a matter of resources Ford said.

â??Why canâ??t we cut grass, for example?â?? Ford told NBC24. â??When did that become overwhelming?"

Ford wants city council to install a blight authority, a team designed to help clean the streets. He claims his office is flooded with emails phone calls and letters, all from residents who say they want to take pride in their neighborhoods.

â??They can't because they go out and see uncontrolled blight right across the street," Ford said.

Joseph Krebs is one of those residents who's seen blight in his neighborhood. He told NBC24 he's seen enough blight to last a lifetime.

â??If the city drove by here with a dump truck every month, they'd be able to fill it every month," Krebs said.

Krebs said he's hoping something is done soon.

"Just mark it down on the calendar once a month that you have to drive down Maple Wood and pick up the trash---it'll be there!" Krebs said.

The City of Toledo released a statement Tuesday on the city's tactics to deal with blight.

â??At this time, creating an additional governmental arm is unnecessary,â?? Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said. â??It would also create additional funding challenges. We face dealing with years of neglect in some neighborhoods, we have a plan in place and we are moving forward. These efforts along with our version of the Tidy Towns concept, T-Towns, will create an improved value added to our community.â??