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Linda Furney City Council Files, 1984-1986

MSS-150

Size: 9 linear feet

Provenance: received from Larry Brewer, Clerk of City Council

Access: open

Collection Summary: Collection consists mainly of correspondence, printed material, notes, and legal documents generated by Linda Furney, members of City Council, and the community. Topics include City Council, city services, community development, the National League of Cities, natural resources, planning, the Port Authority, public safety, public service, public utilities, and the Toledo Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

 

Subjects: Civic Interests, Municipal Government, Politics and Government, and Women

Related Collections: The Ohio Senate files of Linda Furney MSS-134, and the Toledo NOW papers MSS-035.

 

Processing Note: Wherever possible, the materials in this collection have been kept under their original folder titles as created by Linda Furney and her office staff and arranged in chronological order within each folder. To further facilitate the use of this collection, the materials have been arranged into series according to the department or City Council Committee under which they were generated.

 

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections reserves the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Maria Halovanic, Archival Assistant, Summer 2000; last updated: July, 2014

 

NOTE:  This collection is located at the NWOBD

 

 

Biographical Sketch

 

A native of Toledo, Linda Furney attended Sylvania High School and earned a Bachelors in Science in Education from Bowling Green State University in 1969. She began her career as an English teacher at Whitmer High School in Toledo until 1972, when she taught at American School in Rio de Janiero, Brazil for two years. When she returned to the United States in 1975, she entered the Holiday Inn management program. Two years later, she resumed her teaching career in Springfield Local Schools as a Vocational Home Economics teacher.

 

Furney's political career began in 1979 when she was elected President of Ohio National Organization for Women. She was also elected to the Toledo Board of Education in 1982 and to Toledo City Council in 1983. She began her first term as Ohio Senator in 1986, winning re-election for four consecutive terms.

 

As Ohio Senator, Furney has been ardent in expressing her family and community orientated concerns for Toledoans' quality of life in the Senate. She has focused her work on environment, education, labor, and women and children's health issues, introducing ten bills in her first term including Senate Bill 110 which requires educational materials and textbooks for school districts and nonpublic schools to be free of sex bias and sex-role stereotypes, Senate Bill 224 which extends the protection of Ohio's law against age discrimination to people over 70 years of age, and Senate Bill 314, which restricts importation of out of state hazardous waste.

 

Senator Furney's civic interests can also be seen in the Senate and special committees which she has served on, and the organizations with which she is affiliated. She is the ranking minority member of Education, Retirement and Aging Senate Committee, and serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Reference and Oversight Committee, and Rules Committee. She has also served on the Legislative Committee for Education Oversight, Education Goals and Strategies Commission, Governor's Task Force on Head Start, and National Conference of State Legislators. She is the project director of Ohio's Investing in People Project, a School-To-Work effort, which promotes the coordination of all School To Work Programs statewide and provides vocational education experience for Toledo's students to effectively compete in the workplace. She is also the facilitator for Ohio Women and Children's Budget Coalition, is active in Ohio Democratic Party, ACLU, AAUW and is a life member of NAACP and NOW.

 

As a result of Senator Furney's activism and involvement in the community, she has earned the Foundation Award from the ACLU of Ohio, the Citizen Award from the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, the Stanley K. Levinson Award from Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio, and Special Recognition from the Lucas County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

 

 

 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

The City Council Files consist mainly of correspondence, printed material, notes and legal documents generated by Linda Furney, members of City Council and the community. Although some files overlap, they have been arranged into 17 series according to subject or the department under which the materials were generated: S1. City Council, S2. City Services, S3. Community Development, S4. Correspondence, S5. ESM, S6. Finance, S7. Health, S8. Law, S9. National League of Cities, S10. Natural Resources, S11. Personnel, S12. Planning, S13. Port Authority, S14. Public Safety, S15. Public Services, S16. Public Utilities, and S17. Toledo Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

 

The materials in the first series, City Council, consist of City Council meeting minutes in 1986, mayoral appointments, and files documenting Toledo's push to change the city charter and create a strong mayor.

 

The second series, City Services, is a small series consisting of City Services Committee Meetings and information pertaining to a TARTA levy.

 

The third series, Community Development, is comprised of materials relating to nuisance abatement, zoning, building, maintenance, inspection and neighborhood planning. Most notable in this series are the materials relating to business and area revitalization, including the files on Community Redevelopment Areas, Kopper's Coke Plant, and Seagate Community Revitalization.

 

One of the largest series, Correspondence, is comprised of letters written by members of the Toledo community. The correspondence range from issues with zoning, police and fire, planning and public utilities, as well as resumes and job recommendations. Many of the correspondence overlap with other series in this collection, but have been maintained in their separate series as created by Linda Furney's office.

 

The fifth series, ESM, follows the 1985 economic crisis when the city of Toledo lost nineteen million dollars in investments after a Florida securities trading house collapsed. The four files in this series consist of correspondence between members of the community and Linda Furney, information regarding the mayor and city council's response to the crisis, legal opinions and charter changes, press releases and newspaper clippings.

 

The sixth series, Finance, covers audits, the city's various budgets, Linda Furney's monthly expenses while in office, and various divisions of the Department of Finance such as Accounts, Debt and Risk Management, Management Services, and the Taxation and Treasury Divisions.

 

The seventh and smallest series, Health, is comprised of a TAGRA study on health and papers relating to Toledo Veterinarians.

 

The eighth series -- Law -- is comprised of various files from the Department of Law, relating to House Bill 176 on Sovereign Immunity, legal opinions and other legislative bills concerning the city of Toledo.

 

The ninth series, The National League of Cities, is an organization concerned with the economic development of Toledo. Included in these files are various printed materials concerning state and local policies as well as women in government.

 

The tenth series, Natural Resources, includes files on parks, recreation and special projects. The materials in this series covers individual parks such as Crosby Gardens, Ottawa Park and Promenade Park, as well as special events such as Hands Across America.

 

The eleventh series, Personnel, covers human resource files in the city of Toledo. Materials cover affirmative action, health plans, insurance costs and various labor contracts with city workers.

 

The twelfth series, Planning, is comprised of the various city, county and neighborhood projects for the development of the community. Some of the materials cover downtown development, Grove Patterson Park, and the Westwood extension.

 

The thirteenth series, Port Authority, is comprised of information, financial reports and meeting minutes relating to Port Authority.

 

The fourteenth series, Public Safety, consists of files pertaining to fire, police and emergency training.

 

 The fifteenth series, Public Service, is comprised of files relating to the engineering and construction division which is concerned with the construction and maintenance of streets, curbs, bridges, harbors and sewers.

 

Some of the materials in the Public Services series overlaps with the sixteenth series, Public Utilities which covers administrative services, environmental services, sewer and drainage, solid waste, Toledo Edison and water.

 

The final series, Toledo Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau, covers the marketing of Toledo to tourists and various conventions as well as income and expenses generated by visitors to Toledo.

 

 

 

 

Folder List

 

Box

Folder

Arrangement

 

S1. City Council

1

1

       City Manager

2

       City Organizational Chart

3

       Council Meetings, February 1986

4

       Council Meetings, March 1986

5

       Council Meetings, April 1986

6

       Council Meetings, May 1986

7

       Council Meetings, June 1986

8

       Council Meetings, July 1986

9

       Council Meetings, August 1986

10

       Council Meetings, September 1986

11

       Council Meetings, October 1986

12

       Council Meetings, November 1986

13

       Furney Resume

14

       Invitations accepted or rejected

15

       Kaptur

16

       Mayoral Appointments

17

       Metzenbaum

18

       Officers and Terms (1 of 3)

19

       Officers and Terms (2 of 3)

20

       Officers and Terms (3 of 3)

21

       Strong Mayor, Correspondence

22

       Strong Mayor, editorial and media

23

       Strong Mayor, Legal

S2. City Services

24

       Committee Meeting, March 1986

25

        TARTA Levy

S3. Community Development

26

        Beacon Place

27

        City Expediter

28

        Commodore Islands Middlegrounds

29

        Community Redevelopment Area

30

        Construction

31

        Division of Inspection

32

        First Call Council Notes

33

        Fort Industry Industrial Park

34

        Government Center Building Information

35

        HB 557 Tax Abatement Bill

36

        Housing, Neighborhood Housing Services Quarterly Report 1984

37

        Housing, Public Housing Woodley Road

38

        Koppers

39

        Macy's Building

40

        Mayor's Emergency Task Force on Economic Development

41

        Nuisance Abatement, Coordinator

42

        Nuisance Abatement, Gorney's Junk Yard

43

        Parking

44

        Portside

2

1

        Renewal Operations

2

        Seagate Community Revitalization

3

        TECP and TCB Merger

4

        Warren-Sherman Industrial Park

       

S4. Correspondence

5

       Citizen Concerns, Awaiting response from first referral

6

        Citizen Concerns, Initial referrals

7

        Citizen Concerns, Second Referral

8

        Citizen Concerns, Third Referral

9

        Community Complaints, undated

10

        Community Complaints, January 1986

11

        Community Complaints, February 1986

12

        Community Complaints, March 1986

13

        Community Complaints, April 1986

14

        Community Complaints, May 1986

15

        Community Complaints, June 1986

16

        Community Complaints, July 1986

17

        Community Complaints, August 1986

18

        Community Complaints, September - November 1986

19

        Community Development w. responses

20

        Health Department w. responses

21

        Housing w. responses

22

        Job Requests w. responses

23

        Labor Unions, Employment w. responses

24

        Landfill-Hazardous Waste w. responses

25

        Law Department w. responses

26

        Minority Contracts w. responses

27

        Miscellaneous, no responses

28

        Miscellaneous w. responses 1984

29

        Miscellaneous w. responses 1985

30

        Miscellaneous w. responses 1986

31

        Miscellaneous, Personal responses

32

        Natural Resources w. responses

33

        Nuisance Abatement w. responses 1984

34

        Nuisance Abatement w. responses 1985-1986

35

        Parking w. responses

36

        Police and Fire w. responses

37

        Public Utilities w. responses

38

        Recommendations, copies

39

        Resumes A-L

40

        Resumes M-Z

41

        Riverside Dock Extension

42

        School w. responses

43

        Sewer w. responses

44

        Streets, Bridges and Harbors w. responses

3

1

        Taxation w. responses

2

        Thank You and Congratulations

3

        Traffic Engineering w. responses

4

        Transportation w. responses

5

        Veteran's Preference

6

        Zoning and Planning Committee w. responses

S5. ESM- 1985 Financial Crisis

7

        19 million

8

         Correspondence

9

         Info request and legal opinions from Judy Jones

10

         Press Releases

S6. Finance

11

         3/4 % Income Tax

12

         Accounts Division

13

         Arts Commission Budget

14

         Auditor Candidates

15

         Audit Committee July 1984

16

         Audits Completed

17

         Auditors, Miscellaneous

18

         Budget 1986

19

         Budget update 1986

20

         Budget 1987

21

         Budget Stabilization

22

         Capital Improvement Budget

23

         Community Development Budget (1 of 2)

24

         Community Development Budget (2 of 2)

25

         Credit Ratings, New York Banks

26

         Debt and Risk Management Officer

27

         Economic Development 1984-1985

28

         Finance Committee Budget 1985-Jan 1986

29

         Finance Committee Budget Feb-March 1986

30

         Finance Committee Hearings, Summary

4

1

         Financial Disclosure Statements

2

         Investment Portfolio Reports

3

         Local Government Fund

4

         Management Services and Budget Office

5

         Miscellaneous

6

         Monthly Expenses

7

         SCM&R Fund

8

         Section 79

9

         Supplemental Budget Requests

10

         Taxation Division

11

         Treasury Division

S7. Health

12

         TAGRA Study

13

         Veterinarian

S8. Law

14

        HB 176 Sovereign Immunity

15

         JPRLCC

16

         Miscellaneous Legal Opinions

17

         TAGRA Study

18

         Tax Reform Bill

19

         Taxicab Board of Review of Charitable Organizations

 

S9. National League of Cities

20

         National League of Cities

21

         Community and Economic Development Policy Committee

22

         Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies

23

         Ohio Municipal League

24

         TAGRA

25

         Women in Municipal Government

26

         Women in Toledo City Government

     

S10. Natural Resources

27

         Crosby Gardens

28

         Forestry, Reddish

29

         Hands Across America

30

         Infrastructure

31

         International Park SS William Boyer

32

         Neighborhood Park Advisory Board

33

         Open Space Planning

34

         Ottawa Park Outdoor Theater

35

         Parks

36

         Parks and Recreations

37

         Promenade Park, Correspondence

5

1

         Promenade Park, Public Facilities

2

         Special Projects, Facilities

S11. Personnel

3

         Affirmative Action, Board of Community Relations

4

         Affirmative Action, Racial Disturbances

5

         Blue Cross/ Blue Guardian

6

         Community Mutual

7

         Civil Service Commission

8

         Contract Compliance

9

         Employee Relations

10

         Fair Labor Standards Act

11

         Insurance

12

         Labor Contracts (1 of 3)

13

         Labor Contracts (2 of 3)

14

         Labor Contracts (3 of 3)

15

         Office of City Manager, Word Processing

16

         Public Administrative Internship

17

         Severance Pay

      

S12. Planning

18

         CBD Architectural Study

19

           Current Planning

20

           Development Projects

21

           Downtown Overlay District

22

           Front Street

23

           Gardner Building Task Force

24

           Guadelupe Center

25

           Grove Patterson Park, Community Response

26

           Grove Patterson Park, Information

27

           Long Range Planning

28

           Neighborhood Planning

29

           Park Lane

30

           SOHIO Full Service Island

31

           Summit Center

32

           Toledo World Trade Center

33

           US Reduction

34

           Westwood Extension

35

           Wise Marina

S13. Port Authority

6

1

          Port Authority

2

          Financial Reports

3

          Meeting Minutes 1985-1986

S14. Public Safety

4

          911 Implementation Plans

5

          Community Safety, Environment and Development Committee

6

          Emergency Repair Programs

7

          Fire Division, Reddish

8

          Fire Station, #9 South Toledo

9

          Fire Training Bureau Ordinance

10

          Police

11

          Police, Liquor

12

          Smoke Detectors

13

          Willis Day Fire

S15. Public Service

14

         Berdan Road

15

          Engineering and Construction miscellaneous

16

          Maintenance and Public Building

17

          Motor Equipment

18

          Railroads

19

          Streets, Bridges and Water

20

          Streets, Curbs and Sewers

21

          TMACOG

22

          Traffic Engineering, Reddish

23

          Unpaid Parking Tickets

S16. Public Utilities

24

         Administrative Services

25

          Administrative Services, Changes in Utilities Section

26

          Annual Water and Sewer Rate Review and Recommendations

27

          Buckeye Basin Greenbelt

28

          Combined Sewer Overflow

29

          Director, Miscellaneous

30

          Environmental Services

31

          SB 27, Construction Work in Progress

32

          Sewer and Drainage

33

          Sewer-State Line

34

          Solid Waste

35

          Toledo Edison

36

          Toledo Utility Task Force

37

          Water

38

          Water Reclamation

S17. Toledo Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau

39

           "An Analysis of Activities..."

40

            Convention Listings

41

            Convocation Center

42

            Income and Expenses

43

            1984 Marketing Plan

44

            Marketing Group

45

            Promotional Material