JOHNSTOWN -For the second consecutive year, the Common Council won't conduct the city's annual organizational meeting Jan. 1.
That is typically the day the city sets aside under its charter as the first council meeting of the year, swearing in new mayors, council members and appointing new department heads.
But the council noted last week no such immediate personnel items need to take place Jan. 1, and it decided to break tradition again. The meeting was held Jan. 3 this year.
The council set any routine items handled at the annual organizational meeting for the day of the first regularly scheduled council meeting of the year, which is Jan. 7. Organizational items - such as the city's official banks and newspaper - will be incorporated into that session, which starts at 7 p.m. that day at City Hall.
In other upcoming events, Mayor Sarah Slingerland reported the city will conduct its annual Colonial Stroll and Tree Lighting Ceremony downtown at 6 p.m. Dec. 7.
The mayor also praised city personnel who assisted with the Nov. 16 Classic Image Johnstown Holiday Parade, although it wasn't a city event. The five-division, 10th annual parade downtown was funded through private donations.
Second Ward Councilman Chris Foss reported the Johnstown Area Community Center is planning to conduct a fireworks display in the city at about 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
In liaison reports given by the council, 1st Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata said the city Police Department in October had 651 calls for service. Officers during the month made 33 arrests, issued 15 parking tickets and 46 traffic tickets, investigated 19 motor vehicle accidents and had two K-9 responses to incidents.
Lakata said city police are reminding the public the city's winter parking ban on city streets begins Saturday. The parking ban runs until April 1. Police plan to issue only warning tickets for a short period if no major snowstorms occur in the beginning days of the ban.