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ZONING APPROVED — On Monday, Toronto council heard from the chairman of the city’s zoning board before considering a zoning change for land formerly occupied by the Lincoln School playground. –Warren Scott

TORONTO — On Monday, Toronto City Council agreed to change the zoning of land formerly occupied by the Lincoln School playground on North Fourth Street to residential.

The move follows the recommendation of the city’s planning and zoning commission, which held a public hearing on July 12 after local developer Shawn Irwin expressed interest in developing it.

Bill Lucas, who chairs the planning and zoning commission, said the land had been zoned P1, meaning it would only be used for government purposes.

Some city officials have suggested that with this designation, the 0.13 acre land may never be used because neither the city nor school officials have expressed interest.

It has been privately owned since the old Lincoln School nearby was closed and playground equipment removed a few years ago.

Council Chairman Frank McEwen said Irwin had expressed an interest in building two houses there, but had also requested that it be zoned B1, which would have allowed a limited variety of businesses to be built there. .

McEwen said the panel could consider a B1 designation for the property, but only if Erwin presents a specific business proposal for it.

Lucas said notices were sent to neighbors on the land, but the planning and zoning commission only heard from one, which spoke out against commercial use of the space.

In other matters, 1st Ward Councilman Bob Bertram reported on a meeting of the council’s finance committee held earlier that evening.

Bertram noted that he had asked city department heads to submit possible upcoming spending for a proposed five-year spending plan.

He earlier suggested the plan, which would include years in which some loans will be repaid and municipal levies must be renewed.

Bertram said it’s not unusual for city officials to refer to these expenses as a wish list, but he stressed that department heads should identify expenses that are “Necessarily, realistic and accessible.”

He also asked if the city’s revenue from the state gasoline tax could be listed in his own post, as he would like to track the amount applied to street paving.

Bertram said higher gas prices have led to increased tax revenue, with the city receiving about $147,000 from the tax so far this year.

Ohio’s gasoline tax is 38 cents per gallon, 35% of which goes to municipalities while the Ohio Department of Transportation receives 60% and other state agencies receive 5%.

The state tax is in addition to a federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon.

City auditor Lisa Bauman said the city’s portion of the gas tax was applied to the city’s maintenance and repair fund, which includes street paving.

In related matters, Mayor John Parker said several streets were being considered for paving this year.

They include: Findley and Myers streets, James Way, Hamilton Way and River Avenue from Myers to the S-curve.

There are also plans to plane the Franklin Avenue extension to a lower asphalt surface, a move designed to eliminate its roughest spots.

Tenders for the paving should be solicited in the near future.

In other cases:

– Parker said city and Toronto school district officials have reached an agreement whereby the city will plow and maintain the Karaffa Recreation Center parking lot while the school district will perform a twice-yearly deep clean of inside the building, including the floor. waxing.

The mayor said the move was beneficial for both because the school district has cleaning equipment, which the city does not.

The Toronto School Board transferred the former Karaffa Elementary School to the city a few years ago.

– McEwen said he would like to publicly wish his mother-in-law, Ruth Hanlin, a happy birthday, noting that she will turn 100 on Wednesday.

He said Hanlin is a mother of four children, including his late wife; grandmother of seven children and great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother of many.

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