The Ward M. Canaday Center

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Peter Ujvagi Toledo City Council Papers, 1979-1989

MSS-160

Size: 5 linear feet

Provenance: received from Larry Brewer, Clerk of Council

Access: open

Collection Summary: Collection consists mainly of materials generated by Peter Ujvagi, other members of City Council, and various city departments and offices. Materials include city and county government records, legislative topics, downtown redevelopment, and homeless-related materials.

 

Subjects: Municipal Government  

Related Collections:  Linda Furney City Council Files, MSS-150; Toledo Mayor and City Council Papers, MSS-061; and Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments Records, MSS-089,114


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 may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

 

Completed by:  Marlo A. Kitchen, June 2002; last updated: July 2014

 

Biographical Sketch

 

Toledo City Councilman Peter Ujvagi was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1949.  He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1957 and became an American citizen in 1967.  After graduating from St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, he attended the University of Toledo, studying economics and political science. 

 

Mr. Ujvagi entered public service in 1973.  From 1973 to 1975, he was an assistant field director, and later a field director for the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs in Washington, D.C. where he promoted community organizing and neighborhood development.  He also served as chair of the education committee for the National Campaign for Human Development from 1972 to 1975.  From 1977 to 1979, Mr. Ujvagi was chair of the Committee on Governance, Citizen Participation and Neighborhood Empowerment.  President Carter appointed him to the National Commission on Neighborhoods.

 

After leaving Washington, Mr. Ujvagi returned to Toledo and was elected to his first term on City Council in 1981.  He has served continuously since then, being re-elected three times.  Currently Mr. Ujvagi serves as president of Council.  He is chair of the City of Toledo Economic Development and Planning Committee and an alternate for  the Housing and Neighborhood and the Public Safety committees.   He was head of the Lucas County Democratic Party from 1989 to 1993.

 

Mr. Ujvagi also has experience in the private sector.  In 1997, Mr. Ujvagi was president of E & C Manufacturing Co., Inc., a family-owned precision machining, specialty machinery design, and building company.  From 1989 to 1998 he worked as the managing partner of EuroStaco, Kft., a Hungarian-American joint venture company specializing in the sale of equipment and technology for infrastructure development, environmental control, and remediation.  Mr. Ujvagi is married and has three children. 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

This collection consists mainly of materials generated by Peter Ujvagi, other members of City Council, and the various city departments and offices.  While there are materials from as early as 1973, the bulk of the collection covers the years 1986 through 1989.  To facilitate the researcher, the collection has been divided into two parts:  Part I: City and County Government  includes S1: City Council, S2: City Departments, S3: City Offices, S4: City Commissions, Committees and Other Offices, S5: Toledo-Lucas County Offices and Commissions; Part II:  Legislative and Miscellaneous Topicsincludes S6: Legislation, S7: Downtown Redevelopment, S8: Housing and the Homeless, S9: Other Topics, S10: Correspondence and Petitions, and S11: Miscellaneous.  A document generated by a city department or office listed in  Part I which relates to one of the topics in Part II will be located in the folder on the topic described in Part II.  However, a folder may be listed in more than one series.  For example, the folder containing correspondence regarding the homeless is listed in both the Housing and Homeless series and the Correspondence series.  Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject matter and each folder's contents are arranged chronologically.

 

PART I:  CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT

 

The first series, City Council, contains transcripts of Council hearings and meetings, the Executive Compensation Survey and memos and other documents from the office of Clerk of Council.  

 

Consisting of two linear feet, City Departments is the largest series in the collection.  The series contains memos, proposals, manuals, correspondence, etc. generated by the various city departments.  Of particular interest is the Department of Community Development.  In 1988, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) investigated the department's mishandling of the Homeownership Program.  The findings of this investigation are contained in this series.  The folders are arranged alphabetically under the name of each department.

 

The third series, City Offices, contains documents generated by the various city offices.  Most notably, this series contains papers from the City Manager and the Chief of Police.

 

City Commissions, Committees and Other Offices contains documents created by other offices, commissions, and committees not previously described.  Of special interest are the documents from the Charter Review Commission. This commission was formed to consider changing the city's form of government from the then City Manager system to the current strong Mayor form.  Information about Toledo Municipal Court and the public schools are also located in this series.

 

PART II: LEGISLATIVE AND MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS

 

The first series in Part II covers Legislation.   Among the individual topics are the Vicious Dogs legislation regarding pit bulls and the Clean Indoor Air Law which limited smoking in public places, requiring, among other things, nonsmoking sections in restaurants

 

Of particular interest is the Downtown Redevelopment series.  In the 1980s numerous attempts were made to spark redevelopment in downtown Toledo.  Among these were the failed Portside Festival Marketplace and the Hotel Sofitel.  More successful were the opening of Promenade and International Parks and the creation of CitiFest.  Also located in this series is information about the Commodore Island Development, the Seagate Centre, and the Willis B. Boyer.

 

The 1980s was a period of serious homelessness in America.  Unfortunately, Toledo was not spared this problem.  The Housing and the Homeless series contains information about the city's attempt to ameliorate this issue.

 

All remaining items are located in the Other Topics series.  This series contains information on such controversies as the EMS Bankruptcy, the Monclova/Springfield Township annexations, and the Northwest Ohio Regional Jail.

 

Correspondence and Petitions is the next series.  It is divided into four subsections: Correspondence from constituents, correspondence from constituents on specific topics, correspondence from governmental officials or agencies, and petitions.  When available, the response to a piece of correspondence is attached to the correspondence.

 

The final series is Miscellaneous.  It contains newspaper articles and press releases among other miscellaneous items. 


 

Folder List

 

box

folder

Description

 

 

 

PART I

CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT

 

 

 

S1:  City Council

 

 

 

1

1

Executive Compensation Survey, 1987-1988, n.d

 

2

Hearings/ Budget (1986)

 

3

Hearings/ Job Retention and Economic Development, 1986

 

4

Meetings and Miscellaneous Hearings, 1980-1983, 1986-1987, 1989, n.d.

 

5

Office of Clerk of Council, 1986-1989

 

 

 

S2:  City Departments

Department of Community Development

2

1

     Block Grants, 1986-1988, n.d.

 

2

     Homeownership Program Investigation, 1988, n.d.

 

3

     Housing and the Homeless, 1985, 1987-1988, n.d.

 

4

     Litter Control, 1981, 1985-1988, n.d.

 

5

     Inspection Division, 1982-1983, 1985-1988

 

6

     Miscellaneous, 1981, 1984-1989

 

7

     Policy and Procedure Manual, 1986

 

8

     Redevelopment Section, 1987

 

9

     Renewal Operations Division, 1986-1988

 

10

     Tax Abatement, 1986-1987

 

 

 

 

Department of Finance

 

11

     Accounts Division, 1988-1989

 

12

     Annual Information Statement, 1987

 

13

     Audit, 1988

 

14

     Capital Improvements Program, 1986-1988

 

15

     Employee Health Care, 1986, 1988

 

16

     Miscellaneous, 1981-1982, 1984-1987

 

17

     Taxation, 1981, 1987-1988

 

18

     Treasury, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1986-1988

 

19

Department of Health, 1986, 1988

 

20

Department of Human Resources, 1988-1989

 

21

Department of Law, 1982, 1983, 1985-1989, n.d.

 

 

Department of Natural Resources

3

1

     Capital Project  Requests, 1987

3

2

     Cemeteries, 1981, 1986

 

3

4

     Citizens Advisory Recreation Commission, 1987-1988

     Miscellaneous, 1984-1989

 

5

     Parks and Forestry, 1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1989

 

6

     Recreation, 1983, 1985-1988

 

7

Department of Personnel and Civil Service, 1986-1987

 

 

Department of Public Safety

 

8

     Fire Division, 1987-1989

 

9

     Hazardous Materials Manual, 1978

 

10

     Traffic Engineering, 1983, 1985-1989

 

 

Department of Public Service

 

11

     Engineering and Construction, 1983, 1985-1988

 

12

          Berdan Avenue Project, 1986

 

13

          Upriver Bridge/Backside Railroad Routes, 1988

 

14

     Miscellaneous, 1986-1989

 

15

     Motor Equipment Division, 1987

 

16

     Solid Waste/House Bill 592, 1985-1988

 

17

     Streets, Bridges, and Harbor, 1985-1989

 

 

Department of Public Utilities

 

18

     Administrative Services, 1985-1989

 

19

     Environmental Services, 1985-1987

 

20

     Miscellaneous, 1986-1989

 

21

     Sewer and Drainage Services, 1983, 1986-1988

 

22

     Toledo Edison, 1986-1989

 

23

     Water, 1986-1988, n.d.

 

24

     Water Reclamation, 1986-1988

 

25

Department of Purchases and Supplies, 1986-1987

 

 

 

S3:  City Offices

1

6

Affirmative Action, 1987-1989, n.d.

 

7

Auditor, 1986-1989

 

8

Budget, 1985-1988

 

9

Chief of Police, 1983, 1985-1988

 

10

City Manager, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987-1989

 

11

Contractual Compliance, 1986, 1988

 

12

Economic Development Manager, 1986-1989

 

13

Management Services, 1986-1988

 

14

Nuisance Abatement, 1986-1988

 

15

Public Information Coordinator, 1988

 

 

 

 

 

S4:  City Commissions, Committees and Other Offices

 

16

Broadway Redevelopment Committee, 1985,1987

 

17

Charter Review Commission, 1985-1986, n.d.

 

18

Family Violence Prevention Services, 1987

4

29

Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Committee, 1985, 1987-1989

4

31

Revitalization Through Foreclosure Task Force, 1988

1

19

Toledo Municipal Court, 1986, 1988

 

20

Toledo Municipal Court/Environmental Court, 1985-1989, n.d

 

21

Toledo Public Schools, 1983, 1987

 

22

Toledo Sesquicentennial Commission, 1986-1987

 

 

 

 

 

S5:  Toledo-Lucas County Offices and Commissions

 

23

TARTA, 1986, 1988

 

24

Toledo-Lucas County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hotel Report, 1982, 1986

 

25

Toledo-Lucas County Council for Human Services, 1985-1988

 

26

Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commission, 1986-1988

 

27

     Old West End Historic District Commission, 1986-1988

 

28

     Vistula Historic District Commission, 1987

 

29

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, 1986-1988

 

 

 

 

 

PART II

 

 

LEGISLATIVE AND MISC. TOPICS

 

 

 

S6:  Legislation

4

1

3/4% Income Tax Renewal, 1982-1988

 

2

911 Implementation Plan, 1986

 

3

Adult Entertainment Regulations, 1977

 

4

Adult Entertainment Regulations, 1978-1979, 1982-1984, 1988

5

14

     Correspondence regarding Adult Entertainment, 1987, 1988,

     n.d.                                     

4

5

Arson Insurance Claims, 1982

 

6

Clean Indoor Air Law, 1987-1988

 

7

Vicious Dogs, 1980, 1988-1989, n.d.

 

 

Miscellaneous Legislation

 

8

     Amendments, 1985-1987

 

9

     Ordinances, 1982-1983,1986-1989

 

10

     Proposals, 1987-1989, n.d.

 

11

     Resolutions, 1987

 

12

     State of Ohio, 1988, n.d.

 

 

 

 

S7:  Downtown Redevelopment

 

13

City Fest/ Rally by the River, 1985-1988

 

14

Downtown Central Business District Plan, 1985

 

15

Downtown Parking, 1983, 1988

 

16

Downtown Toledo Pedestrian Concourse Board, 1987

 

17

Greater Toledo Marketing Group, 1985, 1986

 

18

Greater Toledo Office of Tourism and Conventions, 1987-1988

 

19

International Park, 1987-1989

 

20

Middle Grounds/Commodore Island Development, 1985-1988

 

21

Portside/Hotel Sofitel, 1986-1987, n.d.

4

22

Promenade Park, 1985-1987

 

23

Promenade Park/Street Performers, 1987-1988

 

24

River East Economic Revitalization Corporation, 1983-1986

 

25

Seagate Centre, 1986-1988

 

26

Uptown Association, 1987-1989, n.d

 

27

Willis B. Boyer, 1987

 

 

 

S8:  Housing and the Homeless

5

15

Correspondence Regarding Housing and the Homeless

2

2

Dept. of Community Development/ Homeownership Program Investigation, 1988, n.d.

 

3

Dept. of Community Development/ Housing and the Homeless, 1985, 1987-1988, n.d.

4

28

Group Homes, 1984-1986, n.d

 

29

Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Committee, 1985, 1987-1989

 

30

Housing Trust Fund, 1986-1988

 

37

Manufactured Homes, 1987-1988

 

31

Revitalization Through Foreclosure Task Force, 1988

 

20

Toledo Municipal Court/Environmental Court, 1985-1989, n.d

 

 

 

S9:  Other Topics

 

32

Buckeye Basin Greenbelt Parkway Project, 1987-1988

 

33

EMS Bankruptcy, 1985-1986

 

34

J. Preston Levis Regional Computer Center, 1985-1988, n.d.

 

35

Junction Avenue Business District Revitalization Plan, 1986

 

36

Landfills, 1986-1988

 

37

Manufactured Homes, 1987-1988

 

38

Monclova/Springfield Township Annexations, 1987-1988, n.d.

5

1

Northwest Ohio Center for Labor-Management Cooperation, 1985-1987

 

2

Northwest Ohio Regional Jail, 1986-1988, n.d.

 

3

Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce Small Manufacturers Retention Program, 1988

 

4

Warren-Sherman Community Council/ Inez Nash Park, 1987

 

 

 

S10:  Correspondence and Petitions

 

 

Correspondence from Constituents

 

5

From Attorneys, 1985-1987

 

6

From Groups, misc. topics, 1981, 1983, 1986-1989, n.d.

 

7

From Groups/ Citizens Monitoring Board, 1986-1989

 

8

From Groups/ Funding Requests, 1986-1989, n.d.

 

9

From Individuals/Complaints, 1985-1989, n.d.

 

10

To Individuals/Responses to Complaints, 1986-1988

 

11

From Individuals/Misc. Topics, 1983, 1986-1989, n.d.

 

12

From Professional and Business Organizations, 1981;, 1986-1989, n.d.

5

13

From Social and Philanthropic Organizations, 1983, 1986-1989, n.d.

 

 

Correspondence from Constituents on Specific Topics

 

14

Adult Entertainment, 1987, 1988, n.d.

 

15

Housing and the Homeless, 1986-1989, n.d.

 

16

Toledo Police Academy, 1987, 1989

 

17

Thank You Notes and Congratulations, 1981-1988

 

18

Winkle, William (Fire Chief), 1988, 1989

 

 

Correspondence from Government Officials or Agencies

 

19

City Manager, 1985-1989

 

20

City Council Members, 1981-1989

 

21

Other Governmental Agencies, 1986-1989, n.d.

 

22

Peter Ujvagi, 1983, 1986-1987, 1989

 

23

Petitions, 1986-1988, n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

S11:  Miscellaneous

 

24

Miscellaneous, 1986, 1987, n.d.

 

25

Newspaper Articles, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988

 

26

Press Releases, 1986-1989, n.d.