Several topics discussed at Toronto meeting

TORONTO – Pending issues before the city were discussed during Monday’s City Council meeting.

Mayor John Geddis said the city’s water line project had proceeded smoothly so far, but predicted inclement weather could affect the work.

“This weather is definitely going to set us back a bit,” said the mayor, adding the city had buttoned up work on Wentworth Avenue.

Geddis also said the weather would affect the city’s paving project, although much of the project has been completed.

“(The paving project) is going to be a project that goes into next spring,” he said.

Geddis noted demolition crews had begun tearing down the former city high school. He added an asbestos study would have to be completed, and inclement weather may slow the demolition.

“The new (garbage) compacter will be delivered the second week of December,” said the mayor. “The bridge at Titanium Way will be bid out in the spring.”

Geddis said he hoped the city could obtain grants or low-interest loans for the bridge project.

In other matters:

– It was announced all city offices would be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Garbage collection will follow the usual schedule.

– Dorothy Blaner, 2nd Ward councilwoman and chairman of the finance committee, said members of the committee would be discussing a proposal by the River’s Edge Garden Club to add three new picnic tables at the shelter area of Newburg Landing Park.

– Council approved the giving of holiday gift cards to city employees with the total amount not to exceed $2,700.

-A finance committee meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 with a service committee meeting to immediately follow.