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Memorial Day parades canceling

GLOVERSVILLE — The city will probably not have a Memorial Day parade this year, City Clerk Jennifer Mazur reported to the Common Council Tuesday night at City Hall.

In her report to the council, Mazur said there exists a committee that annually organizes parades, as it is not a city government event. But she said she hasn’t heard from the committee this year and it may be too late for a Memorial Day parade. She said she gets repeated questions from the public on whether there will be a Memorial Day parade this year.

Mazur said she hasn’t been able to get in touch with the organizer, and the usual parade committee as of this week hadn’t yet requested a permit through the City Clerk’s Office. Also, she told the council there’s “not very much time” left to get a parade going.

The city of Johnstown also will not be conducting a Memorial Day parade this year, Johnstown City Clerk Carrie Allen said Thursday.

The town of Caroga is conducting a parade at 10 a.m. May 29.

Although there may be no Gloversville parade, Mazur reported to the council that the Gloversville’s Hometown Hero Banner Program will unveil new banners in a ceremony downtown on May 28. She said the program is being coordinated by Downtown Gloversville Development Specialist James Hannahs.

Hannahs said Thursday that the unveiling will be at 10 a.m. May 28 on North Main Street.

The city clerk reported two Food Truck Friday events have been held at Castiglione Park and “they’re going great.”

A fishing derby was successful recently at Wohlfarth’s Pond Park, Mazur said.

She also reported the first “big” festival in the city since the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year is coming up. She said the Southern Adirondack Wine & Food Festival will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. June 5 downtown with tastings and food available.

Mazur said Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now indicated that municipalities are “100 percent in the clear now” to hold outside events.

The governor announced recently that beginning March 19, large-scale outdoor event venues will welcome more people and only be limited by the capacity necessary to comply with CDC social distancing rules. The state is saying this applies to outdoor music concerts, live entertainment, baseball games, horse races and more. Additionally, fully vaccinated attendees at events can be seated at full capacity in assigned sections.

In other city department reports:

∫ Finance Commissioner Tammie Weiterschan said she’s been working with the Finance Committee on city funding for projects in 2021. She was due to get a proposed list out to city officials this week. She said she is working, for example, with Department of Public Works Director Chris Perry.

“There’s some park improvements Chris has on his slate for this year,” she said.

∫ Transit Manager Brent Warren reported he reviewed a drug and alcohol program impacting municipal employees.

“I have a separate policy for my department,” he said.

∫ Police Chief Anthony Clay reported a “neighborhood” community policing event will be conducted from 3 to 7 p.m. May 20 at the Elk Street Playground. He said pizza will be provided, with school counselors on hand.

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