Roosevelt Recreation Center focus for Toronto Council

TORONTO –­ The Roosevelt Recreation Center was a topic of discussion during Monday’s City Council meeting.

Councilman Glen Dickinson said he was recently at the center with his son and noticed that every basketball in the center was deflated and in poor condition.

“I pumped everyone of the up,” he said. “I had to throw eight to 10 of them away because they were missing leather or wouldn’t hold air. The ones that were left, weren’t in great shape. The citizens were nice enough to pass this recreation levy. We need to correct this.”

City Auditor Lisa Bauman said that they noticed the lack of equipment for the children during the Christmas With A Cop.

“How much does it cost to buy a few jump ropes and hula hoops — $20?” she asked.

The board voted unanimously to write a letter to Recreation Director John Romey requesting that he purchase new equipment to stock the center for future use.

Council also passed two ordinances at the meeting.

The first allowed the auditor to establish appropriations and approve transfers for current expenses and other expenditures for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31.

The second was to make a temporary appropriation measure to meet the ordinary expenses and other expenditures until April 1.

Due to the upcoming holidays, several meetings have been changed. The current meetings include: The next regular council meeting will be 7 p.m. Dec. 17; the finance meeting scheduled for that night will be canceled; Jan. 3 there will be a recreation meeting at 6 p.m. with a meeting in regards to the city taking over the J.T. Karaffa Elementary to follow at 6:30 p.m.; and a finance meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 22. All meetings will be held in council chambers, 416 Clark St..