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NEW COUNCILOR — Steve Sninchak, left, was welcomed Monday as Toronto’s newest city councilor after being sworn in by Mayor John Parker. Sninchak was nominated to fill the council’s 2nd Ward seat following the resignation of Brian Burris.


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TORONTO — Toronto Council learned Monday that additions are needed to protect the city from liability for private events held at the city’s recreation center.

Since the former Karaffa Elementary School was turned over by the Toronto School District to the city for $1 in 2020, the building has been converted into a recreation center, with plans to lease the common space and kitchen for private social events.

More recently, the council was asked to allow the service of alcohol at such events.

The panel agreed on the condition that tenants present documentation of their liability coverage, employ a city police officer for security, and not allow alcohol consumption outside the common area.

Bill Lucas of Anderson-Campbell Insurance Agency, the city’s liability insurance provider, told council he learned the building’s lease agreement did not address liability coverage, what needs to be corrected.

He said that due to the large number of individuals and groups likely to use the building, the chances of the city being named in an insurance claim or lawsuit are immense.

“My goal is to make sure the City of Toronto doesn’t have its municipal backs dry,” Lucas said.

General Counsel Larry Glenn said: “I think we’re all okay with that. I mean, it’s common sense.

The matter was referred to the council’s insurance and recreation committees.

In other cases:

– Council welcomed Steve Sninchak as a new panel member after being sworn in by Mayor John Parker.

On March 28, Sninchak was nominated to take a seat on the left representing the 2nd Ward that had been held by Brian Burris, who cited a family health issue as the reason for his resignation.

Sninchak has been active in youth sports, overseeing the Toronto Junior Baseball Association and coaching baseball teams for the Toronto American Legion Post.

Like Burris, he is registered as an independent voter.

– Council members approved a resolution expressing their condolences to the family of Ruth Alice Gabriel, who died March 12 at the age of 96. They noted that Gabriel had been an active member of the community, founding the Toronto Business Association and serving as president of the Toronto Business Association. Chamber of Commerce.

Named Toronto Citizen of the Year, she also volunteered for the Toronto unit of the Salvation Army, ran the Toronto Arts Club, organized trips for the Toronto Senior Citizens.

She worked her way up the banking ladder, from cashier and accountant at 18 to vice president of the Steubenville UniBank branch, and many city officials remember seeing her when she worked at the UniBank branch. of Toronto.

– Council agreed to change the City’s organizational chart, which outlines the duties of each City employee, to reflect a police clerk whose status was changed from part-time to full-time.

– Councilman Mike Burkey, who chairs the sewer committee, said he will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday with members of the council’s Citizens’ Ad Hoc Committee to discuss proposed water and sewer rate increases of the city in the hope of presenting them to the council in the near future.

– Condolences were extended to Burkey and his mother, City Clerk Linda Burkey, on the passing of his aunt and sister, Paula Vanihel, who died following the fire at the Stewart Street on April 4.

Council members also thanked the town’s fire department, who kept the blaze from reaching adjacent apartments; and the city police, who were the first to arrive and help Vanihel before she was transported by ambulance.

– The next regular council meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on April 25 at the municipal building. It will follow a finance committee meeting at 6:30 p.m.

(Scott can be contacted at [email protected])

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