Official: School starting, watch for buses

Classes start on Sept. 5

A giant hole created as part of a cleanup project is seen Monday night at the former Hi-Way Oil site on North Perry Street in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — A city official this week reminded the public to be vigilant driving on city streets with the start of school looming on Sept. 5.

City police Chief David Gilbo stated his reminder during his monthly report to the Common Council Monday night at City Hall.

He said motorists need to take extra caution driving on city streets with the start of the 2018-19 school year, which for the Greater Johnstown School District is Sept. 5.

“People need to watch the children, coming to and from school,” Gilbo said.

Elsewhere in his report, Gilbo said his department handled 667 service calls in July. He said city police made 50 arrests, issued 34 citations and 30 traffic tickets, and investigated 30 motor vehicles during the month.

Training for officers included Glock pistol training, Gilbo said.

In other reports before the council:

∫ Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said his department had 66 calls in July, responding to two structure fires, 10 motor vehicle accidents and 12 medical assistance calls. The fire department’s Codes Division issued 82 building permits during the month. In July, he said the division also responded to 920 inspections and complaints.

“We’re having some communications issues in our larger companies in the Johnstown Industrial Park,” Heberer added.

∫ Johnstown Public Library Director Erica Wing told the council it has been a “busy summer” at the facility.

She said the library is working on what will eventually be an application to the state Education Department for a new charter. A public June 5 proposition passed to permanently make the facility a school district public library. The facility will be funded by Greater Johnstown School District residents.

“We have a draft application for the state,” Wing told the council.

She said the library Board of Trustees may sign off on the application in September.

∫ City Treasurer Michael Gifford reported his office did a bond closing on Aug. 9.

∫In liaison reports, 4th Ward Councilman Timothy Cellary said the city Water Board met Aug. 13. HE said the board accepted a $316,000 low bid for a roof project at the Christman Reservoir. Water Department officials said Wednesday the successful bid was submitted by Mid-State Industries of Schenectady.

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