Toronto hears project update

TORONTO – Mayor John Geddis said the city’s $2 million water project has been delayed by the recent rain but is expected to be completed by mid-July.

Geddis said the weather has delayed the work, particularly the pavement of streets affected by the replacement of water lines, but it is proceeding.

Utility Contracting of Youngstown is the contractor for the project, which involves the replacement of water lines, valves and hydrants in several areas of the city but primarily on the south end.

The mayor said it was among projects discussed by council on Monday.

Geddis also reported handicap-accessible lifts have been installed at the city pool, and new playground equipment has been installed at the city’s Living War Memorial Park.

The lifts and playground equipment, which includes climbing bars and a sliding board, were purchased with a grant of about $16,000 through the Ohio Division of Natural Resources’ Nature Works program and local funds.

The funds also will be used for new picnic tables at the pool, renovations to its splash pad area and other recreational projects, Geddis said.

Council also was advised pump motors at the city’s wastewater treatment plant are being rebuilt and equipment used to read the city’s water meters is being repaired. The work is within those department’s budgets and didn’t require council’s approval, Geddis said.

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