Johnstown Common Council approves property resolutions

Johnstown 4th Ward Councilman Scott Jeffers reads a resolution approved by the Johnstown Common Council Monday night at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council approved two items related to city-owned properties at its business meeting Monday night at City Hall.

The city owns property at 102 Wells St., and the city received an offer for the purchase of the property from Michael and Tara Byrum in the amount of $500.

A resolution approved by the council to accept the offer indicated the Byrums have 30 days from Monday to pay the full bid price, along with closing costs. Mayor Vern Jackson was authorized to execute any and all documents necessary to transfer the property to the Byrums.

In another property matter, the council accepted Joshua Loucks’ request to name NoSo Storage, LLC as owner of a formerly city-owned property at 11 Townsend Ave. The council previously adopted a resolution March 19 to accept Loucks’ bid to buy the property.

City officials said Loucks unintentionally named NoSo Corp. L.L.C. on his bid documents as owner instead of NoSo Storage LLC, and the change had to be made on all documents to correctly transfer the property to the latter entity.

Elsewhere during the session, the council voted to conduct a public hearing for 6 p.m. May 20 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The hearing relates to adoption of a local law to amend the Johnstown City Charter, but no public details were released.

The council formally authorized City Treasurer Michael Gifford to collect the 2019 city budget tax levy. The levy was listed as about $5.8 million. The council adopted the budget last Nov. 19.

Council members adopted a Corrective Action Plan for internal controls over payroll relative to a previous report issued by the state Comptroller’s Office.

Seven banks were designated as the banks for the deposit of city funds, retroactive to Jan. 1 and running through Dec. 31. A maximum banking limit was also indicated for each bank as follows: Key Bank, NA of New York — $1 million; Berkshire Bank — $1 million; NBT Bank — $10 million; Citizens Bank– $1 million; Kinderhook Bank — $1 million; JP Morgan Chase — $2 million; and Green County Commercial Bank — $3 million.

Jackson announced upcoming events in the city, including the annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday in the downtown Sir William Johnson Park off West Main Street.

“There will be over 500 eggs available to find,” the mayor said.

An Earth Day/Clean Energy Fair is set to run from noon to 2 p.m. April 27 at the West Main Street park.

The Citywide Garage Sale is May 3 through 5.

Jackson said the city will conduct a Citywide Clean Up on Prindle Avenue: from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 9 and 10, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11.

The city’s annual Memorial Day Parade is set for 6 p.m. May 24 downtown.

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