JOHNSTOWN - The city's landfill permit fee for 2014 is going up by $5 per vehicle, but city officials say the fee is still a bargain.
The Common Council, pursuant to the City Code, must set annual transfer station permit charges before the start of the new year. The council on Monday set the cost of the public's 2014 landfill permit fee at $25 per vehicle.
Mayor Sarah Slingerland said the transfer station fee has been $20 per vehicle for two years.
The cost for 2014 will be $25 per vehicle for city residents.
She said city residents use a bin assigned to the city at the Fulton County landfill on Mud Road.
Second Ward Councilman Chris Foss said the process and the fee system is "uniform" - a set fee per vehicle all year long.
"It's really not a bad price," he said.
In other business conducted by the council:
Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin was appointed to the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2016. She replaces outgoing member Salvatore Giarrizzo.
Slingerland said Martin has served as a council liaison to the sewer board.
The council named Steven Russo, of 107 N. Chase St., and Barbara Putman, of 306 Parkwood Ave., to the city Board of Health. Their terms expire Dec. 31, 2016.
"Our thanks to the individuals serving on the board," Slingerland said.
A professional services agreement was approved between the city and Roemer, Wallens, Gold & Mineaux of Albany from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2016. The city will compensate the law firm this way: $2,650 per month from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014; $2,700 per month from Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015; and $2,750 per month from Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016.
Slingerland said the new contract doesn't represent "a huge increase" from the current contract for a law firm that has served the city.
"It seems to have worked very well," she said of the legal arrangement.
The council authorized an Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, agreement between the city and St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam through 2014 at $1,350.