JOHNSTOWN - The city Police Department is cautioning vehicle owners to be prepared for the annual city winter parking ban.
Speaking to the Common Council Monday night at City Hall, Police Chief Mark Gifford noted the annual parking ban will go into effect Dec. 1. He said city drivers cannot park on the streets from midnight to 6 a.m., Dec. 1 to April 1. Pending a major snowstorm after the ban begins, he said officers will be handing out warning tickets for the first week or two.
Gifford urged residents who wish to park in city parking lots during the ban months to register by contacting City Clerk Cathy VanAlstyne at City Hall.
Continuing his report to the council, Gifford said his officers recently completed firearms certification training.
He also said police encountered "no major problems" during recent Halloween trick-or-treat activities.
In other reports to the council:
The city of Johnstown annual parking ban for all city streets will take effect Dec. 1.
The ban, which runs until April 1, means drivers cannot park on the streets from midnight to 6 a.m.
City Engineer Chandra Cotter said the new arch for the North Perry Street bridge replacement project was set by contractors. She said the project may be done by Dec. 1.
"The contractor is moving quickly," Cotter said.
She said the Department of Public Works is ready with its snow equipment for the upcoming snow removal season.
Cotter said DPW was slated to do a snowplow safety training program this week at Glebe Street Elementary School. She said the program urges children to be cautious playing on terraces. She said the school has more than 200 walkers.
Her office sent out requests for proposal for Rail Trail improvement work, with proposals due to be back by the end of November.
Cotter said leaf pickup in the city started Nov. 1 and runs until Nov. 21. The city's brush dropoff area on West Main Street will be open until Dec. 3.
Michelle Jones, director of the Johnstown senior citizens center, reported the center will conduct a Kiwanis Club-sponsored blood analysis and screening Saturday at the center. The center also will conduct a flu clinic Nov. 15.