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Jul 14, 2022

WARREN SCOTT

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A LIFE SAVER — City officials Monday recognized City Patrolman P.J. Putnam for saving the life of a local teen by swiftly administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Among those on hand were, from left: Police Chief Charley Daniels, Mayor John Parker, Putnam and Council President Frank McEwen. — Contributed

TORONTO — Toronto Council Monday learned of the planned demolition of six apartment units that were destroyed by a fire on April 4.

Mayor John Parker advised a public hearing was held that morning on the demolition of 300,302, 304, 306, 308 and 310 Stewart Street and no property owners objected.

Parker and others said each of the apartments sustained fire, smoke or water damage from the blaze, which resulted in the death of 59-year-old Paula Vanihel.

A space heater in Vanihel’s apartment is believed to have caused the fire.

Parker said the six units were served by common utility lines and even if it were possible to isolate a unit from the others, city officials couldn’t be certain of its structural integrity.

Plans call for funds received by the owners from insurance claims to be used to fund the demolitions, which will be advertised by the city in the near future.

In other business, Bill Lucas, chairman of the city’s planning committee, said a party has approached the panel about changing the zoning of the North Fourth Street lot once occupied by the Lincoln School playground.

Lucas said there’s interest in establishing a business on the lot, which has been zoned P1, meaning it may be used only for government or school purposes.

He added adjacent properties are zoned for single-family residences only and questioned whether the issue was raised when the lot was sold in 2019 to another business that didn’t develop it.

The matter is slated to come before council’s zoning committee, which is expected to meet at 6 p.m. July 25.

Lucas also advised resident Walter McDonald would like the city to vacate an alley near Market Street that is adjacent to his garage, and his committee doesn’t have jurisdiction over such matters.

City Attorney Craig Allen said he will attempt to meet with McDonald to discuss the matter further.

In other business:

— Council and other city officials also recognized City Patrolman P.J. Putnam for swift actions City Police Chief Charley Daniels said saved the life of a local teen on June 26.

Daniels said Putnam applied chest compressions to the youth until he regained consciousness and the TEMS Joint Ambulance District service and other officers arrived.

— First Ward Councilman Bob Bertram, who chairs the finance committee, noted that panel will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 25 and is slated to discuss a proposed five-year spending plan for the city.

The plan is expected to include timelines for the renewal of local levies and priorities for the replacement of equipment and other expenses assumed by city departments.

— The mayor and council members thanked R.J. Stewart and John Wilson for their efforts in launching the city’s recent fireworks display and city Fire Chief Bill Scheel for his role in the preparations.

The police and fire departments also were acknowledged for providing traffic control.

— Council met in a 10-minute executive session to discuss a contract with an outside agency but took no action on the matter.

Council’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 25.

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