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Implementation of Toledo’s Lead-Safe Law To Be Delayed

June 26, 2020: Implementation of Toledo’s lead-safe law, which Toledo City Council passed in November, 2019, and requires that all residential rental properties and family child-care homes built prior to 1978 obtain lead-safe certificates, will be delayed through a proposal to enact a new ordinance that creates a new set of deadlines for compliance, according to Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz.

The existing law sets compliance deadlines that would start phasing in by census tract. It requires the first group to be certified by Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the second by June 30, 2021, and the third by June 30, 2022.

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz

“We plan to continue to work with the Lead Coalition, City Council, and the community to set new, reasonable compliance dates,” Kapszukiewicz said. “Our goal is to make sure every home in Toledo is lead-safe and that every child can grow up without the terrible effects of lead poisoning.”

Complying with the existing law as the COVID-19 pandemic began this year was unrealistic and too difficult for property owners and tenants.

The Kapszukiewicz administration plans to present proposed amendments to the Lead Coalition and City Council no later than Aug. 31, 2020. The City of Toledo Department of Neighborhoods will provide oversight and monitor the amended ordinance. There will be contracts with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department for inspections. The health department will issue lead-safe certificates as follows:

• A Lead-Safe Certificate required for 1-4 unit residential rental properties and family child care homes constructed prior to Jan. 1, 1978.

• A Lead-Safe Certificate is issued after passing a visual and dust wipe inspection.

• A Lead-Safe Certificate is valid for five years, except where the property had undergone a full lead assessment, lead control performed by a lead licensed contractor, and a full clearance by a licensed lead assessor, in which case a 20-year certification is issued.

There will be a five-year phase in by census tract. Hardship exemptions will be available and can be granted by the director of neighborhoods, subject to appeal to the Nuisance Abatement Housing Appeals Board.

Free Landfill Disposal Day on July 11 canceled

The next free disposal day at the Hoffman Road Landfill, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11 is canceled. The remaining free disposal days this year are Sept. 12 and Nov. 28. The free Engage Toledo Drop Off Refuse and Recycling Event scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 11 at Keyser Elementary School, 3900 Hill Ave., will proceed as scheduled.

Future Engage Toledo Drop Off Refuse and Recycling Events are on the following dates:

July 25 at Manhattan Plaza, 525-701 East Manhattan Blvd.

Aug. 8 at Deveaux School, 2620 West Sylvania Ave.

Aug. 22 at Longfellow Elementary School, 1955 West Laskey Rd.

Sept. 12 at Good Shepherd Church, 3934 West Laskey Rd.

Sept. 19 at the Toledo Zoo, Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot, 2 Hippo Way (this event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); and

Sept. 26 at Friendship Park, 2930 131st St.

For more information please call Engage Toledo at 419-936-2020 or visit our website, www.toledo.oh.gov



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