Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bell reaches out

One of the strongest attributes I believe Mike Bell brings to the office of Mayor of Toledo is his ability to reach out and connect with others - whether that be in a professional or personal manner...and usually both!

During his campaign, he promised to try to change the perception the suburban communities have of Toledo. He said he would sit down with them and see how they could all work together for the best benefit of the region.

I know he attended the annual meeting of the Lucas County Township Association earlier this year. In fact, one trustee who has been around quite a long time said this was the first time she could ever remember a mayor of Toledo attending, despite the invitations that are always sent.

I'm on the email list for Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown. In his most recent communication, he included the following:

Also this month the Board of Commissioners met with Toledo's new Mayor Mike Bell. The purpose was to simply sit down and introduce ourselves and to establish a rapport for working together in the future. The meeting was significant in that this was the first time since I have been Commissioner that I have ever been invited to sit down with a Mayor of Toledo to discuss regional cooperation. Mayor Bell assembled his staff and invited the President of Toledo Council to join us - and while we did not have a set agenda for this first meeting - we opened the lines of communication and pledged to work more closely as a region on projects of mutual benefit to our citizens. I am confident there will be future meetings and it is my sincere belief that our region will come out of this recession better prepared for the future if we are working together toward common goals and objectives.

While I'm certain I will not always agree with Bell regarding the decisions he makes, I'm so very glad his outreach is happening - and being well received. If he accomplishes nothing else in his time as mayor, he will have done much good for all of us if he succeeds in establishing good relationships with our neighbor communities.


navyvet said...

Ditto Maggie,

The one and only bright light in a Government World that has been DARK locally, regionally, state and federal...All levels.

Mesmerix said...

Nice to see this is happening. It is certainly much needed.

Hooda Thunkit (Dave Zawodny) said...

I'm not surprised.

Knowing Mike, It seems quite normal to me.

He is a breath of fresh air in this stale political backwater...

Mad Jack said...

...this was the first time she could ever remember a mayor of Toledo attending, despite the invitations that are always sent.

Which might not be a bad thing, when you think about some of Toledo's mayors. Like you, I may not agree with everything Mike Bell wants to accomplish, but he's the first person I've seen in years that I think is actually qualified to be Mayor. His communication skills are a bonus.

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