Police dept. gets tactical van

Public hearing set for Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.

JOHNSTOWN — The city Police Department will be a purchasing a van from an Amsterdam firm to carry officers to tactical situations.

The Common Council voted Monday night at City Hall to accept a $27,999 bid from Mangino Chevrolet for a 2018 Chevy Express extended cargo van. It was the only sealed bid received and opened by the city on Oct. 31.

“The vehicle will be turned over quickly,” police Lt. David Gilbo told the council.

He said the van will be retrofitted to carry officers to the scenes of emergency situations. There’s also a couple of alterations the city wants to make to the vehicle, he said.

The Johnstown Police Department received a $100,000 grant from the state Division for Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Counter Terrorism under the fiscal year 2016 Tactical Team Targeted Grant Program. The department wishes to purchase a cargo van with some of the grant money.

In other business Monday:

∫ The council cemented a shared services agreement between the city and the state Department of Transportation. The agreement provides emergency assistance to the city of Johnstown for a period running from next Friday through November 30, 2021.

DOT has a mechanism in place which allows it to provide emergency assistance to municipalities in the absence of a Governor’s Emergency Declaration. For services or materials valued less than $10,000, the DOT and city will share services, exchange or lend material or equipment to promote and assist the maintenance of state and municipal road and highways and provide cost savings by maximizing the effective utilization of both parties’ resources, the council resolution said.

This agreement allows for “an expedited response and will ensure there are no procedural obstacles to sharing of resources when an emergency arises,” the resolution said. The agreement doesn’t change current city Department of Public Works operations.

∫A public hearing was set by the council for 8 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The council wishes to adopt a local law to amend the real property tax exemption for Cold War veterans – in accordance with state Real Property Tax Law – for residents in the city of Johnstown.

∫The council approved a private $200 offer from Janet Wade and Larrice Dunn for a city-owned property at 1 McMartin St. The city in August advertised for certain properties, including the McMartin Street property, for which no bids were received Sept. 6. The city then privately offered out the parcel.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.