City officials praise volunteers

JOHNSTOWN – A perceived high spirit of volunteerism in Johnstown was praised by city officials during the appointment of several people recently.

Mayor Sarah Slingerland appointed members to the city Planning Board and the city Zoning Board of Appeals during the Common Council meeting last week.

Slingerland reappointed Terri Easterly, of 2 Stanton Terrace, to the Planning Board, effective immediately and expiring March 31, 2016.

“Our thanks to Terri for her continued involvement in the Planning Board,” the mayor said. “She’s been doing that several years now.”

The mayor also renamed George Kline, of 1 W. First Ave., and Fredrick L. Franko, of 210 South Main St., to the zoning board. Those appointments are also effective immediately and expire March 31, 2016.

“Our thanks to both of them,” Slingerland said. “Some of these boards are very difficult to be on, very difficult decisions.”

Second Ward Councilman Chris Foss said he wanted to take a minute to note the volunteerism.

“One of the things we still have is the same amount of things a big city has,” he stated.

Foss said such groups as volunteer planning and zoning boards make it easier for the public to get involved in their communities.

Slingerland told the council she’s asked “tons” of people to volunteer over the years.

“Rarely will someone refuse,” the mayor said. “Volunteerism is very significant in the city and I think it’s a sign of a city with a great quality of life.”

Slingerland also read two proclamations to the council.

She proclaimed April 14-21 to be Federation of New York Insurance Professionals Week in the city. She said the proclamation supports the continued training and development of insurance professionals.

Slingerland also proclaimed March to be National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in the city.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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