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City to construct salt storage building

JOHNSTOWN — The city is preparing to construct a longtime-discussed salt storage building on Crescendoe Road.

The Common Council on Monday night at City Hall declared itself lead agency for the required state Environmental Quality Review environmental process for the project.

The council has also found that “no substantial adverse environmental impact will be caused” from the storage shed project, and the city will file a negative declaration with the City Clerk’s Office.

Monday’s resolution stated that the city of Johnstown “finds it necessary to construct a new salt storage facility at 31 Crescendoe Road and undertake certain other capital projects and/or acquire certain vehicles and equipment.”

Among capital projects listed by the city was construction of the salt storage building. Construction of a new roof for the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center is also on the city’s agenda.

Other equipment due to be funded by the city are: a garbage truck, plow with sander, excavator, skid steer loader, and two pickup trucks with plows, police vehicles and related equipment, pumper truck, pickup truck with plow and cap, new ambulance, and a used garbage truck.

In other business, the council passed a resolution to cement a $1,635 agreement with Arcadis to complete work at the former Karg Bros. tannery site, now city owned off North Perry Street.

“This is ongoing compliance monitoring,” said City Engineer Christopher Vose.

He said the city’s latest involvement with the Karg’s property is “not as extensive” as with the former Johnstown Landfill, which is closed and requires regular monitoring by the state. He said the Karg’s work is to “make sure the cap is in place.”

For the Karg Bros. property, the city in 2008 was awarded a $185,000 grant under the state Environmental Restoration Program. Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. (Arcadis) was selected to assist the city with the implementation of its ERP grant of the former Karg Bros. tannery and adjacent off-site properties.

Vose said additional work is required by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for ongoing “site management.”

In council discussion, 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin commented about the recent 50th Anniversary Gala conducted by Townsend Leather at The Stitch — it’s newly-renovated expansion building off Grove Street. The building used to be the former Diana Knitting Mills.

“It’s amazing,” Martin said. “We should be grateful the business community has stepped in.”

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

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