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Library eyes improvements

October 4, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Johnstown Public Library is going through changes to improve the facility, library Director Erica Wing said Monday.

She reported to the Common Council that the city Department of Public Works has been working to improve and replace sidewalks around the South Market Street facility.

Wing said the library also will be painted internally this weekend. Because of the painting, she said, the facility will be closed Saturday and Sunday. It also will be closed Monday because of Columbus Day and will reopen Tuesday.

In addition, Wing said the library recently upgraded its phone system with a new "auto-attend" unit. She said the new system lists current library hours, which was lacking before. She said it also allows the caller to reach certain staff members directly, including herself.

"It has really started to streamline staff time," Wing said.

Wing also reported to the council the state Department of Labor's Mobile Reemployment Response Team will conduct a workshop for long-term, unemployed persons during Oct. 15 at the library. She said assistance will include resume writing, job matching and job referrals, and preregistration is required through the DOL.

In other reports to the council Monday:

Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin said the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center will co-host the 11th annual Antique Show with the Johnstown Area Community Center Oct. 20 to 21 at both sites. She said the event - sponsored by the Johnstown Historical Society - has 25 vendors signed up so far.

City Treasurer Michael Gifford reported that Joseph E. Mastrianni, whose Schenectady firm administers the city's Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, wants to address the council at an upcoming meeting.

Mayor Sarah Slingerland reported the city will hold a 2013 budget workshop with department heads starting at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 15 at City Hall.

"We're always looking for input from the council along the way," she said.

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



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