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City to purchase two trucks

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council this week voted to purchase two garbage trucks for the city– one used and one new.

City Engineer Christopher Vose said the council approved awarding a bid to Joe Johnson equipment, and purchasing a $125,000 used 2017 Western Star truck.

“We’re hoping to have that in a month’s time,” he said.

Vose said the council also voted to purchase a $190,199 2021 new Western Star garbage truck from L.H. Gage Sales Inc. that the city may not take delivery on for another six to 10 months.

Bids were opened March 11 for the garbage trucks, which city officials said are badly needed and will be bonded for.

In other council business this week:

The council voted to advertise for bids for a low boy trailer until 11 a.m. April 8, at which time they will be opened publicly. Due to a recent no-fault motor vehicle accident, the city Department of Public Works is in need of a used lowboy trailer

An easement right of way was granted involving SBA Communications Corp. The firm owns a cell tower at 3 Union Ave. and currently has a right-of-way agreement with the city, but is requesting an extension.

The city approved the transfer of the parking lot at the Johnstown Public Library to the Greater Johnstown School District. The parking lot continues to be used by the library, which the state Education Department on Dec. 11 rechartered as a school district library. The two parcels were transferred to the library.

City Treasurer Michael Gifford was authorized to execute a $1.2 million refunding bond to finance certain appropriations within the city.

The council approved a resolution to seek written bids until April 15 for a roof replacement project at the Johnstown Senior Center on East Main Street. The center roof is in need of replacement, officials said.

Mayor Vern Jackson was authorized to execute an agreement with Greenman-Pedersen Inc. of Albany for environmental services. Th a firm is needed for culvert replacement project at 107 E. Main St.

The council approved a $9,800 budget transfer to help purchase new LiveScan Electronic Fingerprint hardware, software and services. The city Police Department was awarded a state Division of Criminal Justice Services grant for the equipment, but the city’s share is only $9,800 and the equipment cost is $19,600.

Gifford was directed to collect the tax warrant. The city’s 2020 tax levy is $5,821,455.

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