Pick­ing up the mail is no longer a sloppy task

Toronto Star - - GREATER TORONTO - JACK LAKEY STAFF RE­PORTER

It’s a lot less damp and muddy around a Milton com­mu­nity mail­box af­ter Canada Post fi­nally in­stalled paving stones be­neath it.

On Sept. 14, we re­ported on a soggy sit­u­a­tion at a newly in­stalled com­mu­nity mail­box on Harvest Dr., where lo­cal res­i­dents had wade into a pool of wa­ter af­ter a rain­fall to col­lect their mail.

A reader sent us a photo of wa­ter that had col­lected around the base of the mail­box, say­ing it’s been that way since the box was put in last June, adding that com­plaints to Canada Post didn’t yield re­sults.

Canada Post told us the cor­po­ra­tion would get on it, and kept its word. David Stowe emailed to say a con­trac­tor ar­rived at 11 last Wed­nes­day night to in­stall paving stones, and made quite a racket do­ing it.

“Good thing we were all still awake, cel­e­brat­ing the Jays win! I guess it’s a case of, ‘OK, you want your mail­box fixed? We’ll fix it!’ ” Stowe said.

Our Sept. 17 col­umn was about a me­tal stump pro­trud­ing from a side­walk at a the Cawthra Sq. en­trance to Bar­bara Hall Park, a pop­u­lar green space next to the 519 Church St. com­mu­nity cen­tre.

The stump is meant to be the base for a bol­lard to keep ve­hi­cles from driv­ing into the park, but a res­i­dent who lives nearby said the bol­lard went miss­ing at least a year ago, adding that he’s seen peo­ple trip over the stump.

Paul Brown, a parks depart­ment su­per­vi­sor, emailed to say the bol­lard will be re­placed, but in the mean­time, “the base of the bol­lard was iden­ti­fied as a trip haz­ard and has now been re­moved.”

On Sept. 21, we wrote about a pedes­trian-cross­ing ac­ti­va­tion but­ton at the south­west cor­ner of Dan­forth and Coxwell Aves., which was dan­gling up­side down from the pole to which it is at­tached.

A reader told us he sus­pects the but­ton mech­a­nism has be­come a tar­get for neigh­bour­hood nitwits, not­ing that it has been vandalized sev­eral other times.

James Chan­dler, who’s in charge of city traf­fic sig­nals, emailed to say the pedes­trian but­ton was re­paired at 7 a.m. on the same morn­ing our col­umn was in the pa­per. What’s bro­ken in your neigh­bour­hood? Wher­ever you are in Greater Toronto, we want to know. To con­tact us, go to thes­tar.com/your­toronto/the_­fixer, call us at 416-869-4823 or email jlakey@thes­tar.ca. Re­port prob­lems and fol­low us on Twit­ter @TOS­tarFixer.

The area around the base of this com­mu­nity mail­box in Milton was a muddy mess un­til a con­trac­tor was sent to fill it with paving stones.

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