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Engineer: Residents should wait to rake leaves onto terraces

October 8, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - City Engineer Chandra Cotter is asking city residents not to put leaves out on their terraces yet.

Cotter told the Common Council recently at City Hall that she wished to put out a public message that residents shouldn't rake their leaves curbside quite yet.

She said the Department of Public Works will schedule a proper curbside pickup in "a few more weeks." At that time, residents will be allowed to rake their lawn debris to terraces - the grassy area between the street and sidewalk.

Meanwhile, Cotter said residents should continue to take their brush, leaves and lawn debris to the city dropoff on West Main Street.

Council reports

In other reports to the council, city fire Chief Bruce Heberer stated, "We're just keeping up with code enforcement."

The chief said materials have been delivered to replace the fire department roof on North Perry Street. The city is borrowing for the project, which is being done by Western Contractors of Gloversville for $50,000. Heberer said the project will hopefully start soon, although the weather hasn't been cooperating lately.

The fire department also is expected to take delivery of a new pickup truck in the next week, Heberer said.

Police Chief Mark Gifford reported an internship program will begin in about two weeks at his department. The intern works at the station through the Criminal Justice Program at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, he said.

Gifford said the interns are required to work about 120 hours. He said the police department also has an internship program with the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

The chief also reported his department worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on Sept. 29 with another expired drugs program. In the program, city residents are encouraged to bring their expired prescription drugs to a police-designated site. He said city police collected six 40-gallon bags full of expired medicine.

"We had a bumper day," Gifford said. "The program seems to get utilized here."

The expired drugs are taken by the DEA to Albany and destroyed, he said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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