JOHNSTOWN - The Common Council recently formally changed the City Code of Ordinances to prohibit parking on main roads of the Johnstown Industrial Park for public safety and road infrastructure reasons.
"We all have looked at some traffic issues there and hopefully this will help," Mayor Sarah Slingerland told the council at City Hall.
The council early this month conducted a public hearing on proposed changes and no one spoke. The council voted last week to amend Chapter 20, Section 20-207, of the code titled "Streets Where Parking Is Prohibited."
Now prohibited is parking for the full length and both sides on four city streets in the industrial park. They are Opportunity Drive, Clermont Street, Venture Drive and Enterprise Road.
City officials have for several months discussed the desire to install new no-parking signs on the main Johnstown Industrial Park roads. Council members have talked about the crumbling infrastructure at the industrial park off Route 30A. Officials hope new no-parking signs will cut down on some of the illegal truck traffic and save wear and tear on the roads.
The industrial park, built in 1992 off Route 30A, contains the 700-employee Walmart center and 240-employee, expanding Fage USA, among other businesses.
City officials for many years have pointed out that heavy trucks, especially rigs that pull off onto shoulders waiting to enter the businesses' lots, are tearing up roads.
In other business, city officials praised the work of volunteers involved in the recent Johnson Jog 5k run/walk.
Second Ward Councilman Chris Foss said he wanted to "publicly congratulate" them, including organizers Ron and Pat Robinson - associated with Friends of Johnson Hall - who did a "great job."
"A ton of volunteers helped out," Foss said. "It was a great event."
Slingerland added, "They have a huge sense of community spirit."
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.