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Johnstown city road work progressing

JOHNSTOWN — City road work and receipt of new DPW vehicles were highlighted in a recent report to the Common Council.

The council reviewed monthly reports from city department heads, including City Engineer Christopher Vose.

The report indicated that Empire Paving completed the subbase replacement and placed the binder course of asphalt on West Montgomery Street. Vose said city Department of Public Works crews also completed placing the curb line in that location, and a top course of asphalt was due to be put down.

Vose said the new front end loader purchased using CHIPs funds was delivered and is in use. A skidsteer and truck the city also ordered using CHIPs funds are to be delivered sometime through January.

“I would like to extend a thank you to Pineview Commons for allowing us as well as the residents of the West Montgomery Street to utilize one of their parking lots during the length of construction,” Vose reported.

The city engineer also reported that DPW crews are performing corrective work on Walker Street.

Correll Roofing completed a roof replacement project at the Johnstown Senior Center, he said.

Maintenance of city-owned properties continues to be ongoing with grass and weeds and leaf removal, as well as upkeep for the occupied city-owned buildings.

In other city reports:

— Fire Chief Bruce Heberer reported his department in September continued training on truck company operations and firefighter personal decontamination procedures. The Codes Division conducted training on 2020 Energy and Property Maintenance Code updates.

City firefighters responded to 149 calls for service in September, including: one structure fire, six motor vehicle accidents, 98 emergency medical calls, one mutual fire to Gloversville, 32 hazardous condition calls, and 11 service calls.

— Police Chief David Gilbo said his department in September handled 461 calls for service, with 95 criminal cases generated. There were 21 arrests made during the month; 203 citations issued; 203 traffic violation; and 25 vehicle accidents investigated.

Two police officers completed field training and were placed in their platoons working on their own, Gilbo said.

He said Johnstown Police Benevolent Association members are also participating in “No Shave November” to raise money for charity.

— Johnstown Senior Center Executive Director Diedrie Roemer noted the center opened Oct. 1 with a program featuring the Galaxy Band that was “a lot of fun.”

“Everyone wore their masks and practiced social distancing while getting to see many of their friends for the first time in months,” she said.

Roemer said the center also opened Oct. 5 for some classes, activities and events. She said the 50 Plus Club resumed meetings at 1 p.m. Thursdays and members are welcome to join in.

— City Clerk Carrie Allen reported $4,214 in sales in her office for September.

The office also continues to inventory and organize records into a database for record management. Cleaning and organizing the Records Retention Room will continue the next few months, Allen said.

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

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