A Committee Meeting of the Johnstown Common Council was held on March 5, 2012 at 7:00p.m., in the Council Chambers, City Hall.
Bryan C. Marcucci : Council Member-at-Large
Helen Martin : Council Member
J. Christopher Foss : “ “
Cynthia Lakata : “ “
Susan Palmer Johnson : City Attorney
Bruce Heberer : Fire Chief
Mark Gifford : Police Chief
Kevin Jones : Deputy City Engineer
Daniel Maxwell : Acting City Assessor
Michelle Jones : Senior Center Director
Deborah Callery : Acting Library Director
Michael Gifford : City Treasurer
Cathy A. VanAlstyne : City Clerk
Kay B. Cole : Council Member
Mayor Slingerland called the meeting to order and led in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
ROLL CALL – 4 present, 1 council member absent.
Chris Lasnick, 235 N. Perry St., is starting his own non-profit business called “The Project”. This is an after school program for young children and their families. He has several events planned. April 9th there will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the Rail Trail beginning at Fairgrounds Park on N. Perry St. April 10th will be a scavenger hunt on the Rail Trail. April 11th will be a sidewalk chalk drawing contest in the park on Main St. Several other events are being planned. There is a membership fee.
APPROVE MINUTES – minutes of the February 21, 2012 Business Meeting were approved with a motion from Council Member Martin and seconded by Council Member Foss. Motion carried.
CITY OFFICIAL’S REPORTS
FIRE CHIEF BRUCE HEBERER – his department has been busy with training. The Code’s Office has many project, some large.
MICHELLE JONES, SENIOR CENTER – the Office for the Aging St. Patrick’s Day ham and cabbage luncheon will be served on March 15th. Last call for Daffodil sales. The 50+ Club’s spring bazaar will be April 14th with vendors, crafts and the kitchen will be open.
DANIEL MAXWELL, ACTING ASSESSOR – exemptions were due March 1st. 500 applications were received. They have 15 that were not returned and they will try to contact these people. Some notices have been sent out on assessment changes for the fix up program.
POLICE CHIEF MARK GIFFORD – he has received several calls concerning the all night parking ban but will not be lifting it yet.
CITY TREASURER MICHAEL GIFFORD – the resolution to create a Capital Fund will take care of funding for the bridge project on N. Perry St. Update on our debt for 2011; $5,637,000 in bond anticipation notes. Those do not affect the general fund because $1.5 of that is for the Water Dept. and another portion is for the wastewater treatment facility. Serial Bonds are $7.5 million but most of that is for the sewer plant. . From the Bond Anticipation Note that was done at the last meeting, 5% of that is the local share. Approximately $100,000 will be added to the debt load. Certain equipment requested was removed from the budget such as a skid steer and new roof on the fire house. There are other equipment needs for the DPW and this may be the time to consider these. Mr. Gifford suggested Chief Heberer get an estimate for the roof.
DEPUTY CITY ENGINEER KEVIN JONES – Mr. Jones explained the 5 year capital plan for equipment and bridge replacement. The request for a new skid steer was pulled from this year’s budget. A plow truck will be on next year’s request. He is also looking at a used loader and mini excavator.
The Miller St. Bridge is closed. N. Chase St. Bridge will probably be closed this year. He has prepared a cost for replacement and repair of the bridges. Even with the repair of the Miller St. bridge it would only have a weight limit of 6 tons which a fire truck would not be able to go over. Keeping the bridge closed is an option. Mr. Jones said he has had no complaints about the Miller St. bridge being closed.
FULTON RAILROAD PROPERTY BOARD – Mike Gifford said the current Board Members, Kay Cole, Chad Kortz and himself, has been trying to get together for a meeting with Gloversville’s Board Members, to determine what to do with the trail south of Johnstown.
DEBORAH CALLERY, ACTING LIBRARY DIRECTOR – The Storybook Sundae will be held March 18th from 1pm – 2:30pm at FMCC. 45 baskets for the raffle are on display at the library. DPW has been working at the library, painting and updating their electrical panel.
RESOLUTION No. 19, 2012 was presented by Council Member-at-Large Marcucci to authorize an agreement for inspection and service of fire alarms at City Hall, Johnstown Public Library and Senior Center. Seconded by Council Member Lakata.
Discussion: Council Member Martin asked about the price. The agreement is a state contract price and the cost has gone down.
Absent: 1 Cole
RESOLUTION No. 20, 2012 was presented by Council Member Martin to establish a Capital Fund (H12) for the reconstruction of the North Perry Street Bridge. Seconded by Council Member-at-Large Marcucci.
Absent: 1 Cole
RESOLUTION No. 21, 2012 was presented by Council Member Foss to execute agreements for funding for preliminary design and construction of the N. Perry St. Bridge. Seconded by Council Member Martin.
Absent: 1 Cole
RESOLUTION No. 22, 2012 was presented by Council Member Lakata to execute agreements for funding for the right-of-way work related to the N. Perry St. Bridge. Seconded by Council Member Foss.
Absent: 1 Cole
ANNOUNCEMENTS – The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Symposium will be held March 10th at B.O.C.E.S.
EXECUTIVE SESSION – Council Member Foss made a motion at 7:45p.m to enter into executive session for pending litigation. Seconded by Council Member Martin. Motion carried.
A motion was made at 8:07p.m. by Council Member Foss to come out of executive session. Motion was seconded by Council Member Martin. Motion carried.
A motion was made at 8:08p.m. by Council Member Foss to adjourn. Motion was seconded by Council Member Martin.