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Johnstown council OKs change to code

September 20, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Common Council on Monday approved amending city code to extend the maximum term of industrial wastewater permits granted to companies from three to five years.

The Gloversville Common Council and the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board already approved the extension, so it now goes into effect for the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Johnstown Industrial Park yogurt manufacturer Fage USA sought the longer permit as it prepares to start construction of its planned $120 million expansion. Fage will build a 120,000-square-foot addition to its plant on Opportunity Drive and construct a new parking lot. The expansion also includes a whey pretreatment plant to be built on nearby property on Union Avenue.

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Johnstown Mayor Sarah Slingerland discusses amended ordinances during the Common Council meeting Monday at City Hall.
The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich

The ordinance amendment approved by the Common Council at City Hall takes effect immediately.

In another ordinance amendment, the council amended the code, effectively immediately, to add a "No parking here to corner" sign on North Perry Street, between Baker and Briggs streets.

The code also was amended for a couple items related to handicapped parking zones. A new handicap parking spot was created in front of Holy Trinity Parish on Glebe Street. There also was an "X" out area posted directly behind an existing handicap parking spot in front of the Water Department building at 27 E. Main St.

"Certainly, some of these [amendments] indicate changing traffic needs in the city and we'll continue to adjust those," said Mayor Sarah Slingerland.

The council advertised for sealed written bids for a new pickup truck for the city's full-time animal control officer, which is under control of the city Police Department. Bids will be accepted until 10 a.m., Oct. 5, at City Hall.

The council approved Slingerland's reappointment of Greg Truckenmiller of 115 Linden Ave. to a five-year term on the city Assessment Board of Review, expiring Sept. 30, 2017.



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