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Toledo Wants IJH Reopened

TOLEDO, IA (CBS/FOX28) -  The cuts run deep in the city of Toledo.

"Putting very bluntly, it was just plain crooked," says Mayor Dave Svobeda.

So as the debate over the Iowa Juvenile Home continues, the city is sending a clear message to Des Moines.

"Keep the facility open as soon as possible," Svobeda said to an audience gathered in council chambers.

The council approved a resolution Tuesday night in support of re-opening the home. The symbolic move was welcomed with open arms by Yvonne Mallory, a former Juvenile home employee - who's 'Save IJH' group is pushing to get the home open again.

"They were pushed out the door with a foot on their behinds," Mallory says. "The concern for human life has to be transcended by the budget."

Supporters say the move would benefit not only the kids, but the city itself, as it is feeling the loss of those 93 employees.

"They don't go to the grocery stores, or the filling station, or anything like that," says Svobeda. "Just less traffic in town."

Local businessman Mike Wedmore has seen it firsthand.

"I don't think people around here thought it would close," Wedmore says.

Wedmore actually cut the hair of several employees of the juvenile home, but that's all gone.

"You miss one or two or three customers a day that used to come in, and its just money out of the community," he says.

The present isn't the only concern. There are concerns for future business owners.

Just down the street, Sandy McAntire, is getting ready to open a brand new business. She says in a small, middle class area like Toldeo, the loss of every job, and in turn every dollar, stings.

"We fight for every dollar that we get here to feed our families, and if you remove that, you make it that much harder."
 
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