City of Johnstown using website to help sell city-owned vehicles

Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson addresses the Johnstown Common Council Monday night at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — City government will be utilizing a new online method to sell its obsolete vehicles.

The Common Council on Monday passed a resolution to authorize City Engineer Christopher Vose to advertise certain city-owned vehicles on The website is maintained by Auctions International of East Aurora.

The resolution notes the city owns certain vehicles which have since become obsolete. Officials said it’s the “judgment of the city that the best use of these city vehicles is to offer them for sale to the public.” Vose recommended advertising on Auctions International. The city reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

According to Auctions International’s website, the company specializes in “selling government surplus, commercial, and industrial assets.”

“Auctions International was incorporated in 2002,” the site says. “This site has access to over one million registered bidders. With employees located in Auburn, New York; Long Island, New York; Central Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire; and of course our home base in East Aurora, New York; Auctions International serves to thousands of clients.”

In other business Monday at City Hall, the council authorized Mayor Vern Jackson to execute a renewal agreement with the state Unified Court System for court security services at City Hall. The city’s last five-year agreement with the state runs from 2014 to 2019. A new period is proposed with exact days beginning April 1, 2018 and terminating March 31, 2019.

The council also passed a resolution to have the city accept a $5,000 offer from Joseph and Sheila Lander to purchase city-owned property at 9-21 Hoosac St. The Landers have 30 days from Monday to pay the full offer price, along with closing costs, to the city.

Jackson discussed two items with the council, the first relating to the Johnstown Public Library.

The mayor praised the library and its staff for the way it has handled many of the children’s programs this summer.

“You are to be commended,” Jackson said.

He also recognized several downtown cultural events this summer and congratulated the organizers who made them happen. Jackson lauded the Johnstown Citizens Band and Director Douglas Dougherty for performances on Friday nights at the Charles J. Jenner Memorial Band Shell. He said Dougherty will be retiring.

“They did a great job,” Jackson said.

Jackson also thanked Bill Ackerbauer, who obtained a grant for Thursday night concerts this summer in the band shell at the Downtown Sir William Johnson Park. The four-show Johnstown Midsummer Concert Series was new this summer.

In addition, the mayor praised those responsible for the annual Motorcycles on Main Street event on Aug. 16.

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