A Committee Meeting of the Johnstown Common Council was held on April 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers, City Hall.
Sarah J. Slingerland : Mayor
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
Chandra Cotter : City Engineer
Deborah Callery : Acting Library Director
Michelle Jones : Senior Center Director
Daniel Maxwell : Acting City Assessor
Michael Gifford : City Treasurer
Cathy A. VanAlstyne : City Clerk
Mayor Slingerland called the meeting to order and led in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
ROLL CALL – four council members present, one absent
1ST ANNUAL 5K JOHNSON JOG – Members of the Friends of Johnson Hall were present to explain the 5K run/walk taking place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 beginning at 9am. Proceeds will benefit community programs at the Johnson Hall site.
APPROVE MINUTES – minutes of the March 19, 2012 Business Meeting were approved with a motion from Council Member Martin and seconded by Council Member Lakata. Motion carried.
CITY OFFICIAL’S REPORTS
LIBRARY – Deb Callery reported the inspection of the smoke detectors checked out ok. Landscaping will be done in the spring.
FIRE DEPT. – Chief Heberer reported that the Code’s Office has been very busy handling complaints, etc. A new project will come before the Planning Board tomorrow. The Chief presented his 5 Year Plan for his department. The roof needs replacing and the cost will vary depending on the type of roofing. The heating system is inefficient. The backup emergency generator does not open the doors or run the heating and cooling system. Engine 1 is 22 years old and needs repairs. Engine 2 is 16 years old. The utility truck is a 1990 and is used by all three departments. The bucket may not pass inspection. The Command Vehicle is 21 years old and they plan to take out of service at the end of the year. Some of the turn out gear will be replaced by the end of the year as well as the air packs. They must be replaced every 10 years.
SENIOR CENTER – Michelle Jones reported the Spring Bazaar will be held on April 14th beginning at 8am. Mayor Slingerland said she attended the last Soup and Sandwich Day last week.
DPW – City Engineer Chandra Cotter reported seven bids were opened last week for the N. Perry St. Bridge replacement project. Bid will be awarded at tonight’s meeting. The Madison Ave. Sewer Bridge bids totaled three and were also opened. That bid will be awarded at tonight’s meeting. Manhole and catch basin repairs continue as well as the closed landfill monitoring. Curb side pick up of brush will take place from April 2-16th. The asphalt plant is scheduled to open on April 15th so crews will be busy patching streets. The brush drop off is now open for the season.
ASSESSOR – Dan Maxwell reported all exemptions are closed. He has been checking on building permits.
POLICE DEPT. – Police Chief Mark Gifford discussed his department’s 5 Year Plan. They are in pretty good shape except for vehicles. The Animal Control vehicle needs maintenance and is very expensive. He had priced a new pick up truck with cab at $22,000. They also need new unmarked vehicles. Chief Gifford thanked Scott Sweeney from DPW for fabricating computer stands for the police cars. This saved the department a lot of money.
CITY TREASURER – Mike Gifford reported City tax is being collected this month. He is working on year end reports.
MAYORAL APPOINTMENT – Mayor Slingerland appointed the following people to the Committee for Promoting Tourism: Helen Martin, Chris Foss, Noel Levee, Peter Betz, Wade Wells, Lori Salamack and Bob Kosowicz. Council Member Martin said the first meeting will be held at City Hall on April 12th at 7:30p.m.
RESOLUTION No. 25, 2012 was presented by Council Member Lakata to award the bid for the N. Perry St. Bridge Project to D.H. Smith Company, Inc. Seconded by Council Member Martin.
Absent: 1 Cole
RESOLUTION No. 26, 2012 was presented by Council Member Foss to award the bid for the Madison Ave. Sewer Bridge Project to D. H. Smith Company, Inc. Seconded by Council Member Lakata.
Absent: 1 Cole
RESOLUTION No. 27, 2012 was presented by Council Member Martin to transfer property at 109-111 Burton St. to MaryLou Brunetto, Vincent Brunetto and Kenneth Brunetto. Seconded by Council Member Foss.
Absent: 1 Cole
RESOLUTION No. 28, 2012 was presented by Council Member Marcucci to appoint Fredrick Franko to a three year term on the Johnstown Planning Board. Seconded by Council Member Martin.
Absent: 1 Cole
SURPLUS ASPHALT CONCRETE MILLINGS – City Engineer Cotter explained the bid packets for surplus millings. We hope to generate between $5,000 and $7,000 for the millings. The auction will be in May. Some of the millings were used at the staging area for the sewer pipe bridge project on Madison Ave. This area is along the Rail Trail and will be used for parking after the bridge is completed.
ACCESS AGREEMENT – TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN – Attorney Johnson has prepared a resolution for tonight to agree to allow the Town of Johnstown access to Old Sweet Rd. for surveys, soil samples and investigations to determine the cost and feasibility of developing the road. Council Member Foss felt we should go forward and present the resolution. Nick Cannizzo, President of the Water Board, said the road will be paved and maintained by the Town of Johnstown.
RESOLUTION No. 29, 2012 was presented by Council Member Foss to authorize executing a Property Access Agreement with the Town of Johnstown to access Old Sweet Road for the purpose of conducting certain surveys, studies, and investigations. Seconded by Council Member-at-Large Marcucci.
Absent: 1 Cole
Council Member Lakata made a motion at 7:59p.m., to enter into executive session to discuss pending litigation. Seconded by Council Member Martin. Motion carried.
A motion was made at 8:30p.m., by Council Member Foss to come out of executive session. Motion seconded by Council Member Martin. Motion carried.
A motion to adjourn at 8:35p.m., was made by Council Member Foss and seconded by Council Member Lakata.