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Council to consider PILOT

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council will consider approval of a Payment In Lieu Of Taxes, or PILOT agreement for a North Perry Street affordable housing project at its business meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be closed to the public, but will be broadcast using Facebook Live. The public can view the meeting from the official city of Johnstown Facebook page: City of Johnstown, New York.

The council will consider approval of five resolutions, including one for a PILOT agreement for Fulton Friendship House, Inc. The agency is building a 64-unit project at 507 N. Perry St. The agreement involves a multi-year deal with Fulton Friendship House in which the not-for-profit will pay the city during that time through a PILOT agreement.

Fulton Friendship House treats drug and alcohol abuse and is building a new building to also better address the agency’s programming needs.

In other business, the council is slated to hold three public hearings. The subjects are: Licenses and miscellaneous business regulations, designation of through streets, and a handicap parking zone. Ordinance changes through local laws are due to be considered for approval following the hearings.

In other regular resolutions, the council is scheduled to consider legislation involving: city owned property for which no bids were received; advertising for a public hearing for a stop sign at Linden and Pleasant avenues; a contract involving a health officer agreement; and acceptance of an offer for 6 Spring St.

As regular parts of the session, the council will hear claims and accounts, and city officials’ and liaisons’ reports.

Mayor Vern Jackson will also make monthly announcements, including one involving reopening of the City Hall building on East Main Street. Monday’s agenda made public today indicates the reopening, although city officials are encouraging continued use of a lockbox for convenience of city residents. Appointments are also necessary for obtaining a marriage license from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.

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