Toronto summer youth jobs discussed

TORONTO – Summer city youth employment was discussed during Monday’s City Council meeting.

Mayor John Geddis told council members the city’s hiring for summer youth would include picking the best candidates for the job.

“(Monday) was the last day to apply for summer jobs (for the city),” said Geddis, adding the city can only employ so many youth for the summer.

However, there are funds available for hiring city youth for summer jobs through the Jefferson County Community Action Council. Geddis said he hoped the city would be able to hire additional help this summer through the CAC’s summer youth jobs program. He added those applying for the part-time, CAC jobs have to be income-eligible. He said in the past city supervisors were in charge of youth working in Toronto hired through the CAC’s program.

“It’s difficult to take all these kids without supervision,” said Geddis, adding the CAC requires youth be trained for the jobs assigned. “I don’t know who the team leader would be.”

Geddis added he wanted qualified candidates for the summer positions.

“We’re probably going to participate in the (CAC’s) program,” he said.

In other matters:

Geddis said the city’s pool was being readied, along with the splash pad for summer use.

Fire Chief Frank McEwen said there would be no Safety Day Demonstration this year for Gem City Day. He said last year’s event was stressful for firefighters, adding they also had to be on hand for the stadium fireworks demonstration later in the evening.

The building housing the former Save-A-Lot grocery store on Fourth Street has been inspected for asbestos contamination, according to the mayor. The readings will have to be reported to the Environmental Protection Agency before the building can be demolished.

“The closing date (for the building’s sale) is supposed to happen this month,” said Geddis.

The building is being demolished to make way for a Dollar General store.