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City matters discussed in Toronto

November 27, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - Various city matters were discussed during Monday's City Council meeting.

Mayor John Geddis told council the city was going to be well-prepared for any inclement weather this winter.

"We've got a lot of things to do," said Geddis, adding the city had just purchased and stored 100 tons of salt. "That's in addition to what we already have.

"We also will be (cold patching) some streets before the weather gets bad," continued the mayor. "We also plan on doing some striping (of city streets). It's not the best time, but some of the streets need it, and we got a good price (on striping)."

The mayor said the city didn't get all its paving it had planned for the fall accomplished, but Lash Paving "agreed to hold the price for us until next year."

Geddis also asked councilmen to make a list of streets in their respective wards that required patching or paving. He added the city's Light-Up Night ceremonies at the city gazebo commons Nov. 20 went well.

"Light-Up Night was a big success," said the mayor, adding co-organizer Dani Swearingen sent the city a thank-you letter.

The event, which included the lighting of the city Christmas tree, carols, speakers, fireworks courtesy of the city and the distribution of memorial luminaria, also raised more than $18,000 for the Toronto Unit of the Salvation Army's home heating assistance program.

Geddis reminded members the city Christmas parade was set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

In other matters, council held its first reading of a resolution of sympathy marking the death of John Manning, former assistant fire chief and mayor.

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