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Council OK’s funds for Toronto’s Nebo project

TORONTO — Toronto Council Monday approved funds for engineering for the next phase of the Nebo Drive water and sewer project and moved forward with plans to limit the hauling of refuse in the city to its sanitation department.

Council approved the allocation of $200,000 to Arcadis Engineering of Wexford, Pa., to design the extension of water and sewer lines from the existing section of Nebo Drive to Titanium Way.

Council President Frank McEwen said the engineering will include geological surveys, including core samples, from the project area where Calabrese Property Management plans to develop about 20 homes.

McEwen said plans call for the creation of a mile-long road to connect the two streets.

He said crews with Alex Paris Contracting of Atlasburg, Pa., have installed water, sanitary and stormwater lines for the existing section of Nebo Drive and, after resurfacing the road, are set to withdraw from the site in the next two weeks.

Once the engineering designs are done, the city might seek bids from potential contractors for Phase 2.

Calabrese Property Management also expects to develop at least 20 homes in that area.

McEwen said the twin developments are seen as a major boost at a time when he and others are concerned a declining population could cause Toronto to lose its status as a city.

In other business, council referred to its city services committee the proposal to limit garbage hauling for the city’s residents and businesses to the sanitation department.

The move was suggested by 1st Ward Councilman Robert Bertram, who said the decision by one business to turn to a private hauler has caused the city to lose about $8,000 in revenue and he’s concerned others could follow.

“I want to keep the sanitation workers working because we have a good sanitation department,” Bertram said.

He said another concern is heavy damage to city streets he attributed to heavy trucks used by private haulers.

McEwen said he supports the move but council also needs to adjust rates for its business customers in response to complaints they are unfair.

“I believe we need to fix our rate structure, so it’s on an even plane for everybody,” he said.

Bertram agreed, saying, ” We’re going to make it more consistent.”

McEwen confirmed residents have been served solely by the sanitation department with the exception of those on recently annexed Wallace Heights.

Bertram, whose ward includes that area, said two commercial haulers had served residents there but many have switched to the city because it offered lower rates.

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