Council approves consultant agreement

Johnstown 2nd Ward Councilwoman Kathi Iannotti, standing, reads a resolution proposing engineering services at the Johnstown Common Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council approved a $15,000 agreement with an Albany engineering consultant at its meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.

Passed was a resolution to hire Greenman-Pedersen Inc., or GPI, for general on-call engineering services needed in the office of City Engineer Christopher Vose.

GPI will provide the city with general engineering, public works and construction-related services during 2020. The professional services will be performed on an hourly basis with a maximum amount payable — not to exceed $15,000 — set by purchase order. The resolution indicated that “additional work” may be done as requested with the execution of additional purchase orders by the city.

In other council business:

∫ The council approved an amendment to the city Code of Ordinances following a public hearing in which no one spoke. The ordinance relates to the intersection of West Madison Avenue and South Melcher Street.

“That will become a four-way stop,” said Mayor Vern Jackson.

The intersection was changed by adding two stop signs for eastbound and westbound traffic.

∫ A resolution was approved authorizing police Chief David Gilbo to execute a hold harmless agreement between the city of Johnstown and the Schenectady-based Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Inc. The Johnstown Police Department agrees to hold harmless the center for any damages, expenses, attorney fees, causes of action, lawsuits, claims, penalties, fines, assessments or judgments related to the training of Johnstown police officers conducted by the center.

“It’s a standard form,” said Gilbo. “They’re an accredited program.”

∫ The council increased the city’s ambulance service rates of the Johnstown Fire EMS unit for advanced life support and EMS by 4 percent for 2020. Based on a Medicare evaluation of inflation, it was recommended the city increase rates by that amount. The council in March 2019 executed a contract with Certified Ambulance Group Inc. for revenue recovery services of the then-new Johnstown Fire EMS unit.

∫ A resolution passed executing a contract with the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center for 2020 at an annual cost of $119,000. The contract is payable by the city in two installments of roughly $39, 666 and one installment of roughly the same amount.

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