Route 30A work requires water main move

JOHNSTOWN — The city has to relocate a water main or mains as part of the state’s next safety project on Route 30A.

The Common Council on Feb. 15 at City Hall passed a resolution to authorize the relocation in conjunction with the second phase of the state Department of Transportation’s Routes 30A/29 project.

DOT is proposing reconstruction of Route 30A toward the south — a second phase. A similar widening project was done by DOT in 2019 from Townsend Avenue, south to Briggs Street. The new project will stretch from Briggs Street to the Prindle Avenue area.

City officials said the state will include as part of the construction, reconstruction or improvement of the project the relocation and adjustment to water mains. Changes are being made pursuant to state Highway Law.

As part of the work, the Johnstown Water Department is expected to maintain the adjusted facilities as part of the safety project plans.

Mayor Vern Jackson was given the authority to sign documentation related to the infrastructure changes.

In other business, Christopher Vose of Gloversville and John Rizzo of Johnstown were reappointed as members of the Glove Cities Joint Sewer Board. They were given three-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2023.

Jackson thanked Rizzo, a private engineer, and Vose, the city engineer, “for agreeing to stay on the sewer board.”

The council also retained Arcadis to perform continued consulting support and 2021 compliance monitoring of the closed, former Johnstown Landfill. The city is required to conduct semi-annual groundwater and surface water monitoring sampling as part of the Post-Closure Monitoring Plan for West State Street Extension facility. Arcadis — formerly Malcolm Pirnie Inc. — has successfully provided the service to the city in the past.

Vose recommended hiring Arcadis for an amount not to exceed $59,800.

In monthly announcements, Jackson noted the council’s next business meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 15 at City Hall.


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