JOHNSTOWN - The Common Council recently approved an agreement with an Amsterdam firm to improve the city government website.
The agreement was approved with Engines of Creations Web Design at City Hall. The firm provided a proposal to perform work for an initial, one-time cost of $1,000. The agreement also includes a monthly maintenance fee of about $180 per month for 48 months.
Mayor Sarah Slingerland and 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin both credited City Engineer Chandra Cotter for researching website options, as the city looks to upgrade. The city's website address is www.cityofjohnstown-ny.com.
"Please note all the [city] departments will have an opportunity to work with the designer," Slingerland said.
She said website changes will be a "total activity" involving all city government operations. The mayor said changes also will incorporate links to historical attractions in the city and various community announcements.
"It's all good," Slingerland said. "Our site is there, but it needs to be updated."
The resolution approved by the council notes the city "desires to update the city's current website as a way to better serve the residents of the city of Johnstown."
"The website will be a useful tool to help promote the city of Johnstown as a place that is desirable to both live and work and to help attract potential businesses and potential investors," the resolution stated.
In other business:
The council set a public hearing for 7 p.m. today in the Council Chambers at City Hall to amend the city's Code of Ordinances to allow industrial wastewater discharge permits to be issued for five years, instead of three.
"This is something we've been working on with the joint wastewater treatment plant," Slingerland said.
A public hearing also was set for the same time and place to amend the Code of Ordinances to add a "no parking here to corner" sign on North Perry Street, between Baker and Briggs streets. Amendments also would remove a handicap parking spot on Glebe Street and take out an existing parking spot on East Main Street.
Police Chief Mark Gifford was authorized to dispose of two obsolete vehicles - both 2006 Chevy Impalas.
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