Bidding process for paving starts

Johnstown 4th Ward Councilman Scott Jeffers, standing, reads a resolution advertising for street resurfacing at the Johnstown Common Council meeting Monday night at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday night authorized bidding for 2019 street resurfacing, but officials aren’t ready to divulge information about what streets will be paved.

“We’ve got a pretty good working list,” City Engineer Christopher Vose told the council at City Hall.

Vose said he didn’t want to divulge at this time the potential streets the city may pave this year for fear of getting people’s “hopes up.” But he said the list continues to be refined by his office.

“I’ve got to work on this,’ the city engineer said. “It’s always subject to change.”

The council on Monday night passed a resolution to advertise for sealed written bids for resurfacing of “certain” city streets. The city is accepting street resurfacing bids until 11 a.m. July 10 at City Hall.

Officials said the total funds available for city paving is $363,506 for fiscal year 2019-20. The state Department of Transportation has notified the city that $279,861 is available through Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPs, funding. The city also has the following funds available for paving: $19,764.17 rollover from the 2018-19 CHIPS capital funding; and $63,881.09 from PAVE NY.

Vose said street resurfacing funding is down this year. He said he is working with National Grid on where projects will be located, although he did mention there may be a concentration of “heavy” activity on the south end of the city.

In other council business:

∫ The council accepted a request for proposal from First Light to provide contractual telecommunication services. The council accepted an option in which the city pays $2,163 in total monthly recurring charges.

The city is in need of upgrades to the computer and telephone systems, officials said. The city advertised RFPs from qualified firms to provide telecommunication services, and RFPs were opened June 11. City Treasurer Michael Gifford recommended First Light.

∫ A resolution passed to sell a parcel of city-owned property on Linden Avenue to Danielle Chirichio for the amount of $10,000. She will have 30 days from Monday to pay the full offer price, along with closing costs, officials said.

Mayor Vern Jackson congratulated Chirichio, who was in attendance and she was told Vose would be contacting her.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.