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Johnstown officials draw names in sidewalk lottery

July 20, 2011
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Common Council conducted its annual lottery Monday for the city's 2011 sidewalk replacement program, selecting 10 residential and business property owners.

City Engineer Chad Kortz held the box from which council members from each ward randomly drew the names and addresses of this summer's program participants.

"We had quite a few, a normal amount of interest," Mayor Sarah Slingerland said.

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Johnstown 1st Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata, left, draws a name from a box held by City Engineer Chad Kortz during the city’s annual sidewalk-replacement lottery Monday night at City Hall.

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The annual program involves the city Department of Public Works replacing eight residential sidewalks - two from each of the city's four wards - and two business sidewalks. The DPW does the work, and the property owner pays for the materials.

Johnstown residents had to apply in March and state why their deteriorating sidewalks are in dire need of replacement.

Selected through the lottery for sidewalk replacements were:

Kortz said some of the wards had more applicants than others; the 3rd Ward only had three.

"The next step is to make sure all the taxes are paid and people are notified," Slingerland said.

The program was conducted years ago, discontinued for awhile and renewed in 2006. The city has offered the program annually ever since. City workers inspected the applicants' sidewalks and attached various conditions to them, selecting the high-priority sites for the lottery.

Kortz said the DPW is aiming for work to begin in August.

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



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