City’s parking grace period has ended

Winter parking restrictions will now be strictly enforced

JOHNSTOWN — The grace period for the city’s winter parking ban is over.

City police Lt. David Gilbo told the Common Council Monday at City Hall that the city’s winter parking restrictions, which started in Dec. 1, are now being strictly enforced.

“We are ticketing,” Gilbo said.

The ban is in effect through April 1. Vehicles must be off all city streets between midnight and 6:00 a.m.

Elsewhere in his monthly police report to the council, Gilbo said his department had 556 calls in November. Police made 34 arrests during the month and issued 59 citations. Gilbo said the department investigated 40 motor vehicle accidents, “which is alone a jump.”

Gilbo reported two officers underwent training in breath analysis. Another officer recently did crime scene photography training, he said.

In other reports Monday before the council:

∫City Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said firefighters underwent basic life support training.

The fire department had 54 calls in November, including three structure fires, six motor vehicle accidents, and 12 hazardous conditions.

Heberer said the department’s Codes Division collected $4,425 in permit fees for potential construction projects in the city for November. The division also conducted 760 inspections during the month.

∫Johnstown Public Library Director Erica Wing said the library will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

∫Mayor Vern Jackson noted the council’s organizational meeting will be conducted Jan. 1 at noon at City Hall.

∫City Treasurer Michael Gifford reported: “We will be collecting county taxes in the next two weeks.”

∫Second Ward Councilwoman Kathi Iannotti reported the Assessor’s Office is working on 2018 tax rolls.

∫Jackson noted Monday was the last public meeting for retiring City Clerk Cathy VanAlstyne. He noted a party will be held for her Dec. 29 at the Holiday Inn.

“I’m going to miss you,” an emotional Jackson stated. “I think everybody in this room agrees with me.”

VanAlstyne responded: “I really appreciated being here almost 32 years. It’s like family.”

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