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Johnstown considers spring cleanup day

March 3, 2010
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The city will offer one municipal cleanup program this year instead of two - as requested by Fulton County - and it probably will be in May.

City Engineer Chad Kortz told the Common Council this week that the county Department of Solid Waste, which runs cleanup programs, is only running one per municipality this year. He said the county is "tightening up" costs of the program.

The city has had spring and fall cleanups the past two years, he said. The city spent $6,500 for the semi-annual cleanup programs in 2009.

"I certainly think the spring [cleanup] is more popular," Kortz said.

He proposed running this year's cleanup program from Wednesday through Saturday, but the council settled on Thursday through Saturday.

Kortz said a date for this year's cleanup program hasn't been set yet, but it will be "most likely in May."

Sprucing up

In Department of Public Works business, Kortz stated, "I think we're all cleaned up from the snow last week. We'll let Mother Nature take care of the rest of it."

He said the DPW has been doing interior "sprucing up" of City Hall and the city garage. He said crews have been getting outside more doing work on sanitary sewers.

In other city officials' reports:

Seniors plan trip

Johnstown Senior Citizens Center Director Michelle Jones said the center's first trip will be March 14 to Rome, Oneida County.

In addition, the center's 50 Plus Club will conduct an Irish afternoon of song, dance and humor at 1:15 p.m. March 18.

Plumbing Board needed

Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said the city is supposed to have a Plumbing Board, but it hasn't been active in recent years. He discussed whether the city should strengthen that group's duties.

Herberer said the Plumbing Board is supposed to approve and renew licenses for plumbers, although Johnstown does accept licenses from other municipalities.

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



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