Johnstown Common Council approves lizards

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday night voted to adopt a local law that allows Benson’s Pet Center to sell certain small reptiles at its city store on Route 30A.

Mayor Vern Jackson said Tuesday the legislation is in keeping with what Benson is allowed to do in most of its outlets in the Capital Region.

“They have six stores and five of them allow these types of reptiles,” he said.

Jackson said Benson’s will be able to sell reptiles basically no more than about a foot long.

Action to amend the city’s Code of Ordinances pertaining to “wild animals” followed a public hearing at City Hall.

In other action Monday:

∫ The council voted to seek requests for qualifications for an energy consultant until 11 a.m. June 11 at City Hall. The city desires to conserve energy and reduce energy costs through the installation of LED street lighting system upgrades. In order to satisfy federal, state, and local procurement requirements, the city must issue an RFQ to select a consultant to assist the city with this project.

∫ The council voted to advertise for sealed written bids for the resurfacing of certain city streets. The total funds available to the city of Johnstown for paving in the 2018-19 fiscal year totals $469,599.

∫ Attorney Daniel G. Vincelette of the Vincelette law firm was authorized to execute a consent order of settlement and submit to the court to settle a proceeding commenced by Johnstown Comrie Associates, LLC challenging the assessments of its Johnstown Mall, property located at 246 N. Comrie Ave. The amount of the lowered assessment was not specified.

∫ The council approved soliciting sealed, written bids for the sale of city-owned properties on the south side of Crescendoe Road and East Fulton Street. Bids will be accepted until 10 a.m. June 8.

∫ City officials set a public hearing for 6 p.m. June 18 at City Hall on prohibiting the use of tobacco, tobacco products and electronic smoking devices in parks owned by the city.

∫ Four property offer resolutions were passed.

The first rejected an offer to purchase city-owned property at 9-21 Hoosac St. from Voyager Pacific Group for the amount of $4,700. The city also owns property located on Chestnut Street and the council rejected Voyager Pacific Group’s offer for the amount of $4,100. The city owns property located on 309 N. Market St., and the council rejected a $500 offer from Patricia Isabella. The city also owns property located on 313 N. Market St. and also rejected Isabella’s $500 offer for that property.

Isabella said Tuesday she doesn’t know why her offers were rejected, but is looking to get answers from city officials. She said the council has accepted offers similar, if not lower, from others in the past for properties on McMartin and West State streets.