The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Linda Furney City Council Files, 1984-1986

MSS-150

Size: 9 linear feet

Provenance: received from Larry Brewer, Clerk of City Council

Access: open

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.

NOTE:  This collection is located at the NWOBD

 

Biographical Sketch

 

A native of Toledo, Linda Furney attended Sylvania High School and earned a Bachelor of 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.  She introduced 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, and AAUW and is a life member of the NAACP and NOW.

Asa 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 Law Series 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.

 

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S1. City Council

       City Manager

       City Organizational Chart

       Council Meetings, February 1986

       Council Meetings, March 1986

       Council Meetings, April 1986

       Council Meetings, May 1986

       Council Meetings, June 1986

       Council Meetings, July 1986

       Council Meetings, August 1986

       Council Meetings, September 1986

       Council Meetings, October 1986

       Council Meetings, November 1986

       Furney Resume

       Invitations accepted or rejected

       Kaptur

       Mayoral Appointments

       Metzenbaum

       Officers and Terms (1 of 3)

       Officers and Terms (2 of 3)

       Officers and Terms (3 of 3)

       Strong Mayor, Correspondence

       Strong Mayor, editorial and media

       Strong Mayor, Legal

 

S2. City Services

       Committee Meeting, March 1986

        TARTA Levy

 

S3. Community Development

        Beacon Place

        City Expediter

        Commodore Islands Middlegrounds

        Community Redevelopment Area

        Construction

        Division of Inspection

        First Call Council Notes

        Fort Industry Industrial Park

        Government Center Building Information

        HB 557 Tax Abatement Bill

        Housing, Neighborhood Housing Services Quarterly Report 1984

        Housing, Public Housing Woodley Road

        Koppers

        Macy's Building

        Mayor's Emergency Task Force on Economic Development

        Nuisance Abatement, Coordinator

        Nuisance Abatement, Gorney's Junk Yard

        Parking

        Portside

        Renewal Operations

        Seagate Community Revitalization

        TECP and TCB Merger

        Warren-Sherman Industrial Park

       

S4. Correspondence

       Citizen Concerns, Awaiting response from first referral

        Citizen Concerns, Initial referrals

        Citizen Concerns, Second Referral

        Citizen Concerns, Third Referral

        Community Complaints, undated

        Community Complaints, January 1986

        Community Complaints, February 1986

        Community Complaints, March 1986

        Community Complaints, April 1986

        Community Complaints, May 1986

        Community Complaints, June 1986

        Community Complaints, July 1986

        Community Complaints, August 1986

        Community Complaints, September - November 1986

        Community Development w. responses

        Health Department w. responses

        Housing w. responses

        Job Requests w. responses

        Labor Unions, Employment w. responses

        Landfill-Hazardous Waste w. responses

        Law Department w. responses

        Minority Contracts w. responses

        Miscellaneous, no responses

        Miscellaneous w. responses 1984

        Miscellaneous w. responses 1985

        Miscellaneous w. responses 1986

        Miscellaneous, Personal responses

        Natural Resources w. responses

        Nuisance Abatement w. responses 1984

        Nuisance Abatement w. responses 1985-1986

        Parking w. responses

        Police and Fire w. responses

        Public Utilities w. responses

        Recommendations, copies

        Resumes A-L

        Resumes M-Z

        Riverside Dock Extension

        School w. responses

        Sewer w. responses

        Streets, Bridges and Harbors w. responses

        Taxation w. responses

        Thank You and Congratulations

        Traffic Engineering w. responses

        Transportation w. responses

        Veteran's Preference

        Zoning and Planning Committee w. responses

 

S5. ESM- 1985 Financial Crisis

        19 million

         Correspondence

         Info request and legal opinions from Judy Jones

         Press Releases

 

S6. Finance

         3/4 % Income Tax

         Accounts Division

         Arts Commission Budget

         Auditor Candidates

         Audit Committee July 1984

         Audits Completed

         Auditors, Miscellaneous

         Budget 1986

         Budget update 1986

         Budget 1987

         Budget Stabilization

         Capital Improvement Budget

         Community Development Budget (1 of 2)

         Community Development Budget (2 of 2)

         Credit Ratings, New York Banks

         Debt and Risk Management Officer

         Economic Development 1984-1985

         Finance Committee Budget 1985-Jan 1986

         Finance Committee Budget Feb-March 1986

         Finance Committee Hearings, Summary

         Financial Disclosure Statements

         Investment Portfolio Reports

         Local Government Fund

         Management Services and Budget Office

         Miscellaneous

         Monthly Expenses

         SCM&R Fund

         Section 79

         Supplemental Budget Requests

         Taxation Division

         Treasury Division

 

S7. Health

         TAGRA Study

         Veterinarian

 

S8. Law

        HB 176 Sovereign Immunity

         JPRLCC

         Miscellaneous Legal Opinions

         TAGRA Study

         Tax Reform Bill

         Taxicab Board of Review of Charitable Organizations

 

S9. National League of Cities

         National League of Cities

         Community and Economic Development Policy Committee

         Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies

         Ohio Municipal League

         TAGRA

         Women in Municipal Government

         Women in Toledo City Government

     

S10. Natural Resources

         Crosby Gardens

         Forestry, Reddish

         Hands Across America

         Infrastructure

         International Park SS William Boyer

         Neighborhood Park Advisory Board

         Open Space Planning

         Ottawa Park Outdoor Theater

         Parks

         Parks and Recreations

         Promenade Park, Correspondence

         Promenade Park, Public Facilities

         Special Projects, Facilities

 

S11. Personnel

         Affirmative Action, Board of Community Relations

         Affirmative Action, Racial Disturbances

         Blue Cross/ Blue Guardian

         Community Mutual

         Civil Service Commission

         Contract Compliance

         Employee Relations

         Fair Labor Standards Act

         Insurance

         Labor Contracts (1 of 3)

         Labor Contracts (2 of 3)

         Labor Contracts (3 of 3)

         Office of City Manager, Word Processing

         Public Administrative Internship

         Severance Pay

      

S12. Planning

         CBD Architectural Study

           Current Planning

           Development Projects

           Downtown Overlay District

           Front Street

           Gardner Building Task Force

           Guadelupe Center

           Grove Patterson Park, Community Response

           Grove Patterson Park, Information

           Long Range Planning

           Neighborhood Planning

           Park Lane

           SOHIO Full Service Island

           Summit Center

           Toledo World Trade Center

           US Reduction

           Westwood Extension

           Wise Marina

 

S13. Port Authority

          Port Authority

          Financial Reports

          Meeting Minutes 1985-1986

 

S14. Public Safety

          911 Implementation Plans

          Community Safety, Environment and Development Committee

          Emergency Repair Programs

          Fire Division, Reddish

          Fire Station, #9 South Toledo

          Fire Training Bureau Ordinance

          Police

          Police, Liquor

          Smoke Detectors

          Willis Day Fire

 

S15. Public Service

         Berdan Road

          Engineering and Construction miscellaneous

          Maintenance and Public Building

          Motor Equipment

          Railroads

          Streets, Bridges and Water

          Streets, Curbs and Sewers

          TMACOG

          Traffic Engineering, Reddish

          Unpaid Parking Tickets

 

S16. Public Utilities

         Administrative Services

          Administrative Services, Changes in Utilities Section

          Annual Water and Sewer Rate Review and Recommendations

          Buckeye Basin Greenbelt

          Combined Sewer Overflow

          Director, Miscellaneous

          Environmental Services

          SB 27, Construction Work in Progress

          Sewer and Drainage

          Sewer-State Line

          Solid Waste

          Toledo Edison

          Toledo Utility Task Force

          Water

          Water Reclamation

 

S17. Toledo Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau

           "An Analysis of Activities..."

            Convention Listings

            Convocation Center

            Income and Expenses

            1984 Marketing Plan

            Marketing Group

            Promotional Material

 

        

 

 

 

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