City now offers two methods for brush removal

JOHNSTOWN — Two methods for getting rid of yard brush are currently open to city residents.

City Engineer Christopher Vose reported to the Common Council Monday night at City Hall that the city’s brush dropoff on West Main Street is now open.

He cautioned that the area is open only to city residents, and not for commercial businesses. He said the dropoff area is monitored by city video cameras to determine if rules are being violated.

But Vose told the council that city residents also have another current way to get rid of their leaves and brush.

“Today was the first day of leaf curbside pickup,” he said.

Curbside pickup of leaves and yard debris began Monday and runs through May 10. City officials ask residents to put their debris on their terrace – the grassy area between the sidewalk and the street – and not in the street.

Continuing his monthly report to the council, Vose said his Department of Public Works is busy various jobs this spring.

“The sweepers are out now,” Vose said.

The city engineer reported that the Arcadis firm was recently at the closed, former Johnstown City Landfill doing quarterly inspection work. The council in February approved a $48,900 agreement with Arcadis for continued consulting support and 2019 monitoring activities at the landfill. The city is required to conduct semi-annual groundwater and surface water monitoring sampling, as part of an ongoing Post-Closure Monitoring Plan for the former dump.

Vose said he’s looking to have some updated training done for DPW and city Water Department staff.

Second Ward Councilwoman Kathi Iannotti told Vose she thought the pothole situation on O’Neil Avenue was a “disgrace.”

Vose responded by saying that street will probably get paved this year.

Councilman-at-Large Craig Talarico said some of his constituents have told him they are “happy” with the condition of city streets this spring.

“We have good people,” Vose said. “We’ve got two new supervisors.”

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