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Report on landfill to be delivered

City pushes for less monitoring of site

November 27, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - A report on remaining environmental issues at the long-closed city landfill is being drafted, and work could be complete by December, the Common Council heard last week.

Second Ward Councilman Chris Foss, in his Department of Public Works report, said city Engineer Chandra Cotter indicated the landfill report is being put into draft form.

The city is pushing for reduced environmental sampling at the former city landfill property on West Fulton Street Extension in the town. The landfill was closed 27 years ago, but the city still is required by the state to monitor the facility. The city spent about $32,500 for sampling and monitoring facility wells in 2011. The city also is working to cut in half the number of sampling wells it has to monitor there to save the city money. The city currently works with Arcadis-US of Clifton Park on monitoring and submits reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

In other DPW matters, Foss said city website redevelopment work is progressing. He reported a draft protype is under review. He said Cotter's office continues to work with department heads and the city administration on content and to communicate feedback and progress.

Foss said that weather permitting, the city intends to keep the brush drop off on West Main Street open until Monday.

First Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata reported the city Fire Department in October conducted in-service training on winter emergency operations. The department's Codes Division conducted in-service training on requirements for installation and operation of solid fuel heating devices, such as wood, pellet and outdoor boilers.

In October, the fire department responded to 54 calls for service, including one structure fire.

Mayor Sarah Slingerland noted estimated costs of projects needing city permits for October increased - from $146,330 last year to $210,376 this year - which is a good sign.

"That means we are continuing to upgrade and grow in the city," Slingerland said.

Third Ward Councilman Helen Martin also reported the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center will have a Toys for Tots dropoff box in its lobby until Dec. 14.

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



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