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Mayor Carleton S. Finkbeiner

Municipal Energy Management

The City of Toledo's Municipal Energy Management Program began in 1985 for the purpose of reduction or containment of energy consumption and cost, and to insure occupant comfort and safety in city facilities. The main goal of this program is to achieve a positive and progressive impact on the economic vitality and environmental quality wherever energy is used. On May 16, 1995, the Facility Operation Division, City of Toledo, received an award from Public Technology, Inc (PTI). Over 250 entries were submitted to PTI and Toledo received the highest score for Technology Achievement for energy conservation.

Phase I involved $930,000 which was used for energy efficient lighting system retrofit of seven city facilities, financed through the city's Capital Improvement Program and bonds with a guaranteed energy savings for five and one-half years. Phase I surpassed its projected $169,091 per-year savings. Phase II focused on lighting, weatherization, and HVAC retrofit, involving 30 city facilities. It was privately financed and guaranteed by a $3,539,731 lease of equipment and services, with a projected energy savings of $488,076 for seven years. Toledo's Energy Program is currently entering Phase III, involving approximately 30 facilities, and will entail $3.144 million with no initial out-of-pocket cost to the city. Facilities in the program include fire, safety, health, service divisions, senior centers, community organizations, ball diamonds, parks and public schools.

The Energy Program assisted the city to move toward a preventative maintenance mode of operating facilities rather than the crisis management experienced previously. Energy usage and costs and air quality have been dramatically affected with savings or cost avoidance estimated at over $19 million since 1985.


Shots 4 Tots

The Toledo Chapters of the American Red Cross, the Rotary Club, Junior League and the N.A.A.C.P., in collaboration with the Lucas County Health Department and the Toledo Health Department, are working to improve immunization rates for children under two years old. The Rotary Club provided financial support to remodel a Red Cross van into a mobile immunization clinic. The mobile immunization clinic visits summer festivals, neighborhood events and shopping centers, providing another opportunity for young mothers to have their children immunized.

This strategy has increased immunization rates in the Lucas County area from 32 percent to 67 percent. The goal is to immunize all children under two years old in Lucas County. The city and county have created a comprehensive vaccination delivery system to reach all children. In addition to the mobile immunization van, the delivery system also includes free walk-in clinics and "one-stop shopping" for child health services in both health department clinics.


Smoke Detector Give-Away

The Department of Fire and Rescue Operations initiated a "Smoke Detector Give-Away Program" to assist individuals within the community who could not financially afford to purchase a smoke detector. The City of Toledo has an ordinance requiring an appropriate number of smoke detectors to be placed in a household based on occupancy levels. If the occupant is a renter, the landlord or owner of record is responsible for meeting the requirements stipulated in the ordinance.

To assist residents who could not meet the requirements of the ordinance, the Department of Fire and Rescue Operations established a trust fund within the city's financial structure that would accept donations from private industry and the public. It is estimated that approximately 500 smoke detectors have been given away.


City Street Tree Maintenance Performance Standards

The City of Toledo has an urban forest of 112,000 trees and shrubs growing on 1,000 miles of street, giving Toledo the distinction of having the largest concentration of street trees in the State of Ohio. To ensure this important resource is maintained in an efficient manner, the City of Toledo created performance standards for tree maintenance which are used in conjunction with a computer-based tree management system. The standards are based on data collected regarding staff hours necessary to complete various types of tree maintenance.

Tangible, measurable and verifiable performance standards assist the urban forest manager identifying those operational areas that need improvement. At the same time, the standards are used to identify areas of excellence and expertise. The standards also forecast future work loads, plan for personnel and equipment, and justify tree care budgets.

The values generated have enabled administrators to evaluate divisional and crew performance on a monthly basis. The system can be used to forecast the time and cost necessary to complete tree maintenance on an individual street or an entire city.

Contact: Office of the Mayor, (419) 245-1001

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