By MICHAEL ANICH
JOHNSTOWN - The Common Council last week voted to seek proposals for legal work on a new intermunicipal wastewater agreement with Gloversville because the 44-year-old pact is expiring.
The contract is the charter document for the cities' joint wastewater treatment facility and the board that oversees it.
Mayor Sarah J. Slingerland told the council that the cities are seeking bids from qualified law firms. They will be accepted until 1 p.m. on Nov. 7 at City Hall.
Slingerland said the proposals are for law firms to review and modify the existing 1964 agreement between the cities.
"We are working with the city of Gloversville to coordinate this effort," the mayor said.
She said the city of Johnstown has money in its 2008 budget for the new agreement, which is needed because the old one is expiring.
Both the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown run the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility on Union Avenue.
The resolution approved by Johnstown councilmen last week indicates that "after a full review of all amendments and information, a single updated agreement is desired by both cities."
Slingerland said the hope is to have the requests for proposals and have the process aimed at creating a new intermunicipal agreement "up and running by the end of the year."
In other action last week:
The council passed a resolution honoring former City Chamberlain Frank S. Kovarik, who died Sept. 16. He had served in the position - now called city treasurer - for 32 years, retiring in 1996.
"Frank will certainly be missed," Slingerland said.
Kovarik was honored for his service to the city and for being "always quick with a joke," the resolution stated. "He organized many Christmas parties and was a wonderful family man and friend to all."
The council approved a new five-year agreement between the city and the state Unified Court System for cleaning and minor repairs at City Court spaces at City Hall. The agreement runs until March 2013.
"This is typical of what we've done over the years," Slingerland said.
A resolution was passed to have the city apply to the state Office of Children and Family Services for funding through the state Youth Development Delinquency Program. The funding would be for recreational activities for school-age youth in the city.
A similar resolution was passed by the council for the city to seek funding to serve youth in the city who are at risk of placement in programs due to delinquency offenses.
The council added JP Morgan Chase to its designated banks for the deposit of city funds through Dec. 31.
A new $10,000 contract was approved with the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society in the same amount the city has paid in recent years. The agreement runs through Dec. 31, 2009, for services in connection with lost, stray or homeless dogs and cats.
The new agreement has the city paying $833 monthly for the humane society services.
The council also accepted a $6,686 bid from Ken Hanson Paving for the purchase of the city's surplus asphalt concrete millings.
The council awarded a $10,700 low bid to Michael Holland for property at 7 School St.
No bids were received for property at 102 E. State St., which will be offered for private sale in the future.
A motion was approved to reject an offer for a piece of vacant city land on Hoosac Street.
Michael Anich covers Fulton County and Johnstown. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org