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Johnstown acts on property matters

December 9, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Common Council Monday night handled city-owned property matters that included rejection and acceptance of public offers on properties and extension of an asbestos-removal contract.

The city had advertised that it was seeking sealed written bids on four city-owned parcels acquired through the tax foreclosure process, but no bids were received.

The properties are on Pleasant Avenue, Charles Street, North Market Street and Briggs Street.

After the formal bidding period was concluded, the received proposals from potential buyers, ranging from $50 to $2,000, but the council voted Monday night to reject all the offers.

"These are underbid for the properties," said 2nd Ward Councilman Chris Foss.

The council accepted a $5,000 offer from the Brenner Group to purchase a city-owned property at 10 Prospect St., which also was acquired through tax foreclosure.

The council also decided that if Brenner Group declines being awarded possession, the next highest offer of $4,500, from Kurt Ackerkneckt, would be accepted.

In another property matter, the council approved a $1,350 change order for additional asbestos-removal work needed by Atlantic Contracting & Specialties on one of the city's properties at 103 Hoosac St. The city's new contract price for Atlantic to do work on Hoosac Street has risen to $3,850.

The city in July approved a total $12,300 bid from Atlantic to do asbestos-removal at city-owned homes at 103 Hoosac St. and 115 N. Perry St. The city is trying to get asbestos removed so the structures can be prepared for demolition, making way for future development.

In a personnel matter, the council approved an employee transfer among two departments. It was noted the Water Department needed a heavy equipment operator, while the Department of Public Works needed an additional motor equipment operator.

The council approved transfer of motor equipment operator Gene Dacre from the Water Department to the DPW, effective last Monday. The transfer of heavy equipment operator Thomas Wager from DPW to the Water Department also was approved, effective last Sunday.

"This is one of those things that happens every so often," said Foss. "We're not hiring anyone additional - it's basically putting people where they are needed."

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



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