Council considers going to a 6 p.m. start

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Common Council is considering starting its future meetings one hour earlier, at

6 p.m.

The council currently meets at 7 p.m. for a committee session the second Monday of each month, if needed; and at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month for a regular business meeting.

Mayor Vern Jackson on Monday night asked the council to change meeting times to 6 p.m. He said there was no reason why council meetings couldn’t start earlier than 7 p.m. He said Johnstown council meetings used to start even later, at 8 p.m. years ago.

Deputy City Clerk Mary Jo Smith said Thursday that the council is “thinking about” making meetings earlier because the mayor desired the change.

“They haven’t gotten any further on it,” she said.

If the Johnstown Common Council changes its meetings back to 6 p.m., it will match the starting time of Gloversville Common Council meetings.

In other reports to the council:

∫ City Engineer Christopher Vose said the city will do brush cleanup again this fall.

∫ Michelle Jones, executive director of the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center, reported her facility is doing a drug awareness program at 1:15 p.m. May 18 for seniors. She said tobacco and marijuana will be discussed.

She said AARP Defensive Driving Class has also begun at the center. She said a tax preparation program has been concluded, with three preparers assisting seniors during a three-month period.

Jones said a center Golf League on Wednesdays at Holland Meadows Golf Course is also beginning.

∫ Erica Wing, director of the Johnstown Public Library, shared some annual library statistics for 2016. She said the library was visited 74,000 times, with an average of 230 people per day. The library conducted 160 classes, workshops and programs in 2016, with 6,400 people in attendance. Library patrons borrowed more than 81,000 items last year, Wing said.

Wing reported the library will conduct a writing class with a SUNY professor on May 6, 13 and 20.

∫ Jackson reported the Citywide Garage Sale will be May 19, 20 and 21.

The Johnstown Memorial Day Parade and Program downtown will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. May 26, he said.

The mayor also reported City Hall will be closed May 29.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at