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Winter parking rules go into effect

JOHNSTOWN — If it’s December, it’s time for vehicles not to be parked on city streets during overnight hours.

Police Chief David Gilbo reminded the public through a recent report before the Common Council that the annual all-night city parking ban that runs through April goes into effect Dec. 1, which is Sunday.

“I’m going to try to do warnings,” Gilbo told the council at City Hall.

Gilbo said the public is cautioned that if and when a large storm hits after Dec. 1, vehicles must definitely be off the streets or the vehicle owners risk receiving a ticket.

Elsewhere in his monthly report, Gilbo said the city Police Department received 691 calls for service in October. Fifty arrests were made, 55 citations issued, 52 traffic tickets given and police investigated 24 motor vehicle accidents, he reported.

In other reports before the council

∫ City Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said firefighters in October responded to 185 calls, including two structure fires and numerous emergency medical service calls.

The department issued 65 building permits for the month, representing $458,000 in potential construction work in the city. A total of 790 inspections were done.

Fire inspectors completed 12 hours of annual training, Heberer said.

∫ Diedrie Roemer, director of the Johnstown Senior Citizen Center, reported 2,500 people went through the facility in October.

She reported the center will conduct a luncheon Dec. 4, and those who decorate the center for the holidays can partake.

Roemer said the 50 Plus Club will be putting up a mitten tree and money tree for those in need. A box is also being set aside for donations for the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society..

The center is also planning a Dec. 11 trip to The Rockettes Show in New York City; The next day – Dec. 12 – the center will host a Christmas party with the Canajoharie Central School District performing.

∫ First Ward Councilman Bradley Hayner gave a city Water Board liaison report, indicating new equipment was bought for the filtration plant.

∫ Second Ward Councilwoman Kathi Iannotti said all tax exemption applications are due in the city Assessor’s Office by March 1.

∫ Councilman-at-Large Craig Talarico reported the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board is working on a 2020-21 capital plan.

∫ Mayor Vern Jackson made upcoming announcements, including one about the city’s annual Holiday Parade and Colonial Stroll set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 downtown.

He said the council’s next business meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at City Hall.

Jackson congratulated the 20-1 Johnstown High School Lady Bills field hockey team for its successful season.

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

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