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Johnstown Fire Department working to replace Townsend Ave. street light

Johnstown Councilman-at-Large Craig Talarico gives a sewer board report at the Common Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The city Fire Department is working on a situation involving replacement of a street light at Townsend Avenue, city Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said.

“Bear with us,” Heberer urged the Common Council and public Tuesday at City Hall.

In his monthly report to the council, the fire chief said the city is working on rectifying the situation with a traffic light representative. Heberer said the light situation will be fixed soon.

Elsewhere in his report, Heberer said firefighters in January began CPR refresher training.

In January, he said the fire department handled 142 calls, including four structure fires, one mutual aid with Gloversville, and responded to 32 hazardous condition calls.

Heberer reported the Codes Division in January issued 30 permits worth an estimated $296,801 in construction costs. The city collected $1,843 in building permit fees for the month. The fire department also conducted 585 inspections in January.

In other reports:

∫ Police Chief David Gilbo said his department fielded 672 calls in January. Police made 23 arrests, issued 213 citations, issued 83 traffic tickets and investigated 23 motor vehicle accidents during the month.

Three Johnstown officers attended a use of force refresher course in Utica, Gilbo said.

The chief also said there is great opposition to the state’s bail reform law that went into effect Jan. 1.

“We’re hoping to have some movement before June,” Gilbo said. “It is getting to the point where the criminals overule the rights of the victims.”

∫ Diedrie Roemer, director of the Johnstown Senior Center, reported that yoga classes have begun at the city.

She said the senior center has also begun playing mahjong — a tile-based game developed in China during the Qing dynasty — on Monday mornings. Pinochle will be starting on Fridays.

Roemer said planning has begun for the Johnstown 50 Plus Club’s Annual Spring Bazaar on April 11. Tickets are on sale at the center.

She said the center is planning a March 10 trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort in Connecticut.

The center is also planning a 1 p.m. March 12 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with a bagpipe player.

∫ Internal Control Officer Darryl Purinton said he began working on procedures for the city’s ambulance services. He said the city needs billing policies. He said he is working with City Treasurer Michael Gifford.

“What we’re going to be doing is separating the ambulance service from the general fund,” Purinton said.

∫ Councilman-at-Large Craig Talarico gave a sewer board report, which included a report about a presentation on sludge drying.

∫ Johnstown 2nd Ward Councilwoman Kathi Iannotti reminded residents that the state requires tax exemption filings by March 1.

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

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