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Weather takes Toronto attention

February 11, 2014
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - The recent spate of cold and snowy weather was discussed during Monday's City Council meeting.

Mayor John Geddis said the recent cold snap is affecting the city's infrastructure and taxing city workers.

"We've been trying to keep up with the snow," said Geddis. "What's worse are the freezing temperatures."

Geddis asked city residents and businesses to not plow snow into the streets. He said a backhoe and dump truck have been busy picking up snow from city streets and hauling it away. He added it's been difficult for street crews to plow around parked vehicles on city streets.

"Snow plows don't pick up snow," said Geddis, adding the snow also has to be removed from some city streets. "That stuff is rock hard.

"We've been very cautious with our salt this year," continued Geddis, adding the city had to purchase salt from another source. "We feel it's necessary to have it."

Geddis also said the salt only does so much good, and isn't effective with the sub-zero temperatures the area has been experiencing.

The mayor said some water lines have broken, and the cold weather has been hard on the city's sanitation crew. He added some of the city's water line valves are more than 90 years old, and some have broken because of the freezing temperatures. The weather also has halted work on the city's water line project.

"(Contractors) won't be back to work on the water line project until Wednesday," said the mayor. "This weather has been crippling us. Hopefully we can get more (snow) off the streets."

Geddis also said city workers have been doing a good job considering the harsh weather.

In other matters:

- Council adopted a resolution of sympathy marking the death of former city Solicitor Casimir Adulewicz.

There will be a meeting of the finance committee at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, with a service committee meeting to follow. Both meetings will be in council chambers. The finance meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled.

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