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Culvert repairs ongoing

JOHNSTOWN — The City Engineer’s Office continues to work on culvert replacement projects for North and South Chase streets that the city hopes to have done by year’s end.

City Engineer Christopher Vose reported on the project recently to the Common Council.

In his monthly report, he said that new aluminized arch culverts for North and South Chase streets have been ordered and the city is awaiting delivery to start those culvert replacement projects. The plan is to have this work completed prior to the end of 2020, Vose said. The project is funded through a consolidated funding application grant obtained on the city’s behalf by John Persch at the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District, he said.

Vose said the district has “been instrumental in keeping this project moving forward.”

Elsewhere in his engineer report:

∫ Vose said he continues to work with Greenman-Pedersen Inc. of Albany on progressing replacement of the Townsend Avenue Bridge.

He said the project is still on schedule for construction during the 2021 season.

∫ Annual touch-up painting on city-owned parking lot markings, as well as roadway marking is also being completed at this time and is just about finalized, Vose said.

∫ The report indicated city Department of Public Works crews are working to replace the sanitary sewer main on West Montgomery Street — between South Melcher Street and Meadow Street — in preparation of street reconstruction to be completed through state funding. Work by top bidder Empire Paving in Schenectady is scheduled to start in early October.

∫ Correll Roofing has been doing a roof replacement project at the Johnstown Senior Center, Vose said.

∫ Vose said he attended a webinar concerning the Fulton and Montgomery County Hazard Mitigation Plan currently being developed. He said a meeting will be scheduled between himself, Fire Chief Bruce Heberer and Mayor Vern Jackson to discuss it and provide the firm completing the work with information on the city’s “critical infrastructure” to be placed into the plan.

∫ The city engineer offered a reminder that the Citywide Clean Up — usually in the spring — is scheduled for: From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17. It will be held in the normal site at the end of Prindle Avenue, behind the senior center near the Johnstown Area Community Center. Vose said contractors are not permitted to use this service, as the program is for Johnstown city residents only.

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

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