Public hearing on pet plan set for this Monday

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council will set a public hearing to amend the City Charter related to reptiles at its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Benson’s Pet Center on Route 30A approached the council at its March 20 meeting because it wants to sell certain small, harmless reptiles. Those types of animals are currently banned under the city’s existing 1973 reptile ordinance.

The council on Monday will entertain a resolution to amend the City Charter related to “wild animals.”

Monday’s meeting is set to begin with three public speakers: Ron Robinson on the upcoming Johnson Jog; a representative of Catholic Charities on its proposed smoking ban for city parks; and Johnstown Public Library Director Erica Wing on a school district public library initiative.

In other business, the council is expected to accept an offer to purchase city-owned property on Spring Street.

A three-year intermunicipal agreement is on the agenda related to a Special Weapons and Tactics Team, or SWAT. City police officers participate with Gloversville police in SWAT operations. City police are also looking to dispose of a 2010 Chevy Impala. Council members will consider a resolution authorizing the Johnstown Police Department to apply for the donation of an armored vehicle from the Brinks Armored Vehicle Program.

The council will consider two resolutions to apply for Community Development Block Grant funding for Pioneer Window Manufacturing Corp. and Evolution Recycling Inc. Two public hearings on the applications will be conducted earlier in the meeting.

A resolution is also on the agenda to execute a contract with Nathan Littauer Hospital to provide local health officer services to the city.

City official and liaison reports, mayoral appointments, and monthly announcements are also on the agenda.