Picking up the mail is no longer a sloppy task
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 email@example.com. 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.