Johnstown departments detail ongoing efforts, reports

JOHNSTOWN — A joint calendar effort between the Johnstown Public Library and the Greater Johnstown School District was discussed at the Common Council meeting Monday night at City Hall.

Library Director Erica Wing gave her liaison report, noting her facility is now offering its second annual 2017-18 kindergarten readiness calendars to the public. She urges the public to pick up a copy at the library. The effort is known as the “On My Way to Kindergarten!” calendar.

“It’s a truly collaborative effort between us and the school district,” Wing said.

The library administrator said the calendars are for families with children five and younger, and helps get the children ready for school while encouraging reading.

In other liaison reports before the council:

∫ Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said his department currently has a new member enrolled in the fire academy.

For August, he said the fire department responded to 64 calls, which included two “minor” structure fires. The department responded to 16 medical assistance calls.

Heberer also reported the Codes Division issued 77 building permits worth about $1.8 million in construction projects in August. The fire department did 925 inspections during the month.

∫ City Treasurer Michael Gifford said his office continues to work on the proposed 2018 city budget.

∫ City Assessor Tina Dimitriadis reported that enhanced senior exemption renewals will go out to the public by the end of October.

∫ Lt. David Gilbo said the city police department had 675 calls in August. That total included 62 arrests, 91 citations and 29 motor-vehicle accidents investigated. The police department has two new hires.

“Our training will start stepping up now,” Gilbo said.

∫ Michelle Jones, director of the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center, reported an expert on antiques, open documents and appraisals will lead a program at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 19 at the center. Proceeds from the event go to Hope House Inc., a residential recovery program in Albany, she said.

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