Drainage pipe needed to finish

JOHNSTOWN — Some storm and sanitary sewer problems in the city may have to wait until more drainage pipe can be secured.

City Engineer Christopher Vose articulated the problem during his recent monthly report to the Common Council at City Hall.

Vose reported that the city Department of Public Works has identified multiple areas of the city where there are “storm and sanitary sewer problems” that the city is scheduling repairs and replacements on. But he said the city is seeing “extended delays” in the ability to obtain drainage pipe. He said that may cause delays in starting the projects, but the city still anticipates getting to the impacted areas in 2021.

Elsewhere in his report, the city engineer said he continues to work with Greenman-Pedersen Inc. on the replacement project for the Townsend Avenue Bridge. He said the project is currently in the final design and right-of-way acquisition phase.

Vose said maintenance of city-owned properties continues to be ongoing with mowing and upkeep for two occupied city-owned buildings, parks, and other locations owned by the city. He said DPW crews have continued performing hot patch work to areas of roads and curbs as needed.

The City Engineer’s Office is reminding all property owners of the required lawn maintenance requirements of their properties. As in the past, Vose said the DPW will be monitoring this activity around the city. Properties found to be neglecting maintenance will receive city letters requesting them them to rectify the situation.

Failure to do so will result in DPW completing the work and the property owners charged in accordance with the city Code of Ordinances.

Vose said his office has completed putting together the city’s CHIPs/Extreme Winter Recovery/PAVENY paving program for the 2021 season to go out to bid. A public hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 10.

“Once bids are received, we will make any necessary adjustments to the project quantities to stay within our budget prior to recommending award,” Vose said.

Vose reported that this year, the city is also receiving a new funding source from the state Department of Transportation for “touring routes” that work similar to Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS). The routes are state highways lying in the city. He said that due to Johnstown’s routes being in “relatively good shape” – and other factors – funding will go toward construction of the Miller Street Bridge and the North and South Chase Street culvert projects.


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