Bond requests total roughly $1.6M

JOHNSTOWN — City government departmental bond requests total roughly $1.6 million, city Treasurer Michael Gifford told the Common Council Monday night at City Hall.

In his monthly council report, Gifford said his office is starting to work on a possible bond issue, which represents borrowing for government equipment or projects. He said he put out requests to city departments, and the response came in.

“The total estimate is about $1.6 million,” Gifford said.

Among the requests and estimated costs from departments were: city Fire Department: pumper — $575,000, utility pickup — $46,000, ambulance — $200,000; Department of Public Works: garbage truck — $161,000, dump truck –$172,000, excavator — $73,000; and Johnstown Senior Citizen Center: roof — $61,000.

Gifford said other requests included building materials, DPW plow truck and two pickup trucks, and city Police Department unmarked vehicles.

In other city official reports:

∫ Internal Control Officer Darryl Purinton reported he will be meeting with department heads on procedures and policies. He said he’s also working on credit card, capital, and fund balance policies.

∫ City Engineer Christopher Vose said DPW staff underwent Occupational Safety and Health Administration training.

He also reported that Albany-based GPI/Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. finalized design for the city’s Townsend Avenue Bridge replacement project.

∫ Diedrie Roemer, director of the Johnstown Senior Citizen Center, reported the facility had almost 3,000 people pass through in June.

She said Mondays are among the busiest days at the center, which includes many activities such as pool.

“The exercise class is going well,” she said. “The golf league is going well.”

Activities at the center have also included defensive driving classes, and the start of a quilt raffle.

Roemer also noted the center’s 50 Plus Club will host its annual chicken barbecue dinner fundraiser from 4 to 6:30 p.m. July 26 at Whitey’s, 204 N. Perry St.

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