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New transit buses to be purchased

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council Tuesday night authorized Finance Commissioner Tammie Weiterschan to make a $343,119 budget modification to purchase city buses.

The resolution approved at City Hall notes that the city Transit Department wants to purchase four buses to be reimbursed by the state Department of Transportation and/or Federal Transit Administration.

“Our expenses will be very low on that,” Weiterschan told the council.

She said one bus will cost the city nothing, as it is fully funded by DOT. The three additional buses will be funded with a 10 percent local match to be reimbursed with CARES Act funding.

“We have it in our budget,” she said.

Weiterschan received permission to make a budget modification totaling $343,119. Appropriations will be increased by that amount for transit equipment. Revenue is being boosted by $158,125 in state aid through a DOT bus grant; and $184,994 through a federal bus aid.

City Transit Manager Brent Warren said preorders for the buses are being processed.

“This is the last step,” he said. “We’re waiting for the stamped contracts from DOT.”

In other council action:

∫ The council passed an ordinance modifying Section 225-3 of the Gloversville City Code following a public hearing in which no one spoke. The intent of the change was to provide for an Administrative Review Panel for codes issues to meet twice each month instead of once.

The panel will hold sessions on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. at City Hall. All requests for appeal hearings before the panel must be done in writing with the City Clerk’s Office. Hearings will be scheduled for the first session of the City Code Administrative Review Panel held at least 14 days subsequent to the date of filing of the request. The informal hearings are limited to 10 minutes.

∫ A resolution was approved to appoint two commissioners of deeds for 2021-22: Rachael Mowrey and Michele Casale, of the Casale Law Firm LLC, 29 W. Fulton St. The resolution notes that each year, there is a need in the city for a number of individuals to serve as commissioners of deeds. They perform the function of attesting to the authenticity of signatures in the city.

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