Johnstown ends relationship with GAR Associates

JOHNSTOWN — The city’s assessing services will no longer involve the firm that did a citywide property reassessment project from 2014-15.

GAR Associates Inc. of Amherst, N.Y. has been eliminated from contracting work with the city, Mayor Vern Jackson told the Common Council Tuesday night at City Hall.

The council passed a resolution to renew a 2018 professional assessment support services agreement with city Assessor Tina Dimitriadis. She will be paid an annual salary not to exceed $30,000. The Watervliet resident had originally been appointed assessor for a term from Jan. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2019.

Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin asked, “How are we doing this different?”

Jackson said the city will no longer have an association with GAR Associates. The city had a several-year link to GAR for assessment support services, especially during reassessment on the city’s more-than 3,600 parcels.

In other business Tuesday:

∫ The council authorized Jackson to execute a $15,000 agreement with Greenman-Pedersen Inc. for general on-call engineering services in 2018 for the office of City Engineer Christopher Vose. The firm will provide the city with general engineering, public works and construction related services.

∫ A 2018 agreement was approved with Systems East, Inc. for $6,510 for application software and support services relating to tax collection software for the city.

∫ The council approved a $150 per hour compensation agreement through Dec. 31 with Gloversville attorney Michael Albanese to provide independent legal counsel for the prosecution of infractions brought before Johnstown City Court.

∫ A resolution was passed approving a city contract at a yearly cost of $7,500 with the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society, Inc. The contract is related to services for lost, stray or homeless dogs and cats in the city.

∫ The council approved a $1,350 contract with St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam for an Employee Assistance Program for city employees in 2018.

∫ A $110,000 yearly contract was authorized for the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center for 2018. Diedrie Roemer was appointed the center’s provisional executive director starting this week at an annual starting salary of $43,829. She replaces retiring, former Director Michelle Jones.

∫ Johnstown police were authorized to scrap or dispose of a 2014 Chevy Impala patrol vehicle wrecked in an accident. The city’s insurance carrier deemed the vehicle totaled and reimbursed the city.

∫ The council rejected three sale offers on these properties: 309 N. Market St.; 313 N. Market St., and 6 Spring St. The council authorized the properties be offered for private sale in the future.

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

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