Top water board heads appointed

JOHNSTOWN — The two top officers of the city Water Board were appointed Monday for new, one-year terms.

Board President George DiMarco, formerly vice president, and Vice President Scott Jeffers were named by the board as officers for 2018.

In other business, the board resolved to conduct formal business meetings for 2018 on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m., with the exception of the months of October and November, when meeting will be held the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Board meetings will be on these dates: Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 10.

The following were designated as official banks for the Johnstown Water Department through 2018: Key Bank, NA of New York; Berkshire Bank, NBT Bank, Citizens Bank, Kinderhook Bank, and JP Morgan Chase.

An agreement not to exceed $15,000 between the county and CT Male Associates of Latham for general engineering and consulting services for 2018 was approved. DiMarco was authorized to execute the agreement.

A presentation was given on the second phase of the Cork Dam rehabilitation project. Phase one is near completion. The second phase of the project is slated for next summer.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation found erosion and seepage at the Cork Center dam during an inspection in April 2012. The 100-year-old dam lies about five miles outside the city — between Route 29 and Watershed Road — in the town of Johnstown.

City water officials and the Common Council during the spring and summer of 2017 authorized an $864,583 agreement with Carver Construction Inc. of the town of Ephratah for the dam rehabilitation project.

Workers are sloping the banks back, and major spillway work is being done as well.

An agreement was reviewed with Master Meter Co. Last summer, it was reported there was a recall to replace meter equipment originally supplied to Johnstown water customers by the Texas firm. DiMarco at the time said the problem only impacted a handful of the city’s 3,900 water meters.

The board is negotiating new meter installations. Work is not expected to get underway until spring at the earliest.

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