Two city positions open for resumes

Senior center director, city clerk leaving

JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson said this week he is seeking resumes to replace two city department heads who will retire by the end of the year.

At the end of Monday’s Common Council meeting at City Hall, the mayor spoke up about the pending departures of Johnstown Senior Citizens Center Director Michelle Jones and City Clerk Cathy VanAlstyne.

He said the city is losing two “valuable” employees. He noted Jones will be honored with a party at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Holiday Inn, and VanAlstyne will be feted at a party at 6 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Holiday Inn. The mayor said he is actively seeking their successors.

“I will accept letters of interest and resumes for both positions,” Jackson said.

In other reports given before the council:

— Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said firefighters in the Codes Division underwent training on property maintenance code.

The fire department handled 75 calls in September, which included three structure fires, 10 motor vehicle accidents and 18 hazardous calls.

The Codes Division handled 60 permits in September totaling $317,300 for potential projects. The division did 845 inspections in September.

— Police Lt. David Gilbo said the department received 680 calls for service in September. That figure included 55 arrests, 98 citations and investigation of 40 motor vehicle accidents.

He reported five officers underwent annual firearms training. He said one officer underwent field sobriety training.

Gilbo also said he wanted to issue a “reminder” to the public that slower speeds must be observed near Jansen Avenue School.

“The speed limit is still a school zone,” he said.

— Jones said the senior center will host a Halloween Dinner at 4 p.m. Oct. 26.

She also said the center will host a bake sale on Election Day on Nov. 7. The center is a voting site. The event starts at 4 p.m. and includes a take-out spaghetti dinner.

— Johnstown Public Library Director Erica Wing reported the Board of Trustees voted unanimously Sept. 26 to pursue becoming a school district public library. She said any change in operation will not negatively impact local library services. She said the way the library would be funded also won’t impact the Greater Johnstown School District budget.

“It is a C-change, a complete and institutional change for the library.” Wing said.

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