Toronto begins water line project

TORONTO – The city’s water line project was discussed during Monday’s City Council meeting.

Mayor John Geddis said the city’s extensive project to overhaul its water line infrastructure had begun. He noted the project began in the Walton Acres area with replacement of valves.

“We have a meeting (for today) with the contractor and the engineering firm. I think Columbia Gas Co. is going to be there, also.”

Geddis said city officials want to make sure no one is without service for any lengthy period.

“We want to make sure they minimize being out of service (for residents and businesses),” said the mayor. “It’s getting late in the year, and we also want to make sure that the streets are buttoned up before the snow flies.”

The more than $2 million project to replace water lines throughout the city is being funded from a variety of sources, including a $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission; $150,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission; $600,000 from a Community Development Block Grant; a $195,000 no-interest loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission; a 2 percent loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for $663,000; and OEPA principal forgiveness in the amount of $284,000.

In other matters:

– Geddis gave council an update on the progress of construction of the new Dollar General store being built on North Fourth Street. Dollar General currently is located across the street from the new building, which has been under construction for several months. The new building is being constructed on property formerly occupied by Save-A-Lot grocery store, which closed several years ago.

“(Dollar General) still is hoping for an early October opening,” Geddis said, adding the building would be a welcome addition to the city’s downtown. “It will take them at least three days to stock the shelves. My worry, though, is what’s going to go into that (vacant building) once they move?”

Geddis also updated council on the city’s continuing project to demolish dilapidated structures in the city, noting a residence at 304 Daniels St. and another on Logan Street recently was demolished.

“I asked council to give me (the addresses of other dilapidated structures) in the city,” said the mayor, adding the project would continue as long as funding was available.

It was announced Trick-or-Treat is set from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the city.