Facelift eyed for gazebo

JOHNSTOWN – Fairground Park’s gazebo will be getting a facelift as a community service project by Johnstown Industrial Park paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore & Co.

The park – a popular Rail Trail stop in the heart of the city at North Perry and Decker streets – will become part of a community project being done by the local part of the paint company.

A brief report on the project was given by 2nd Ward Councilman Chris Foss at a recent Common Council meeting at City Hall.

Foss said Benjamin Moore & Co. will be power washing, scraping, prepping, priming and painting the gazebo in the next few weeks as a part of its “community outreach.” City officials thanked the company in advance for its upcoming effort and service to the city.

In other liaison reports to the council:

Fire Chief Bruce Heberer noted the department in June responded to 76 calls for service, including two structure fires. He said the department conducted life fire training evolutions in monthly in-service training. The Code Enforcement Division issued 79 permits with costs of projects estimated at more than $883,000.

“The biggest project right now is Fage,” Heberer said.

Yogurt manufacturer Fage USA has an ongoing $120 million expansion project at the Johnstown Industrial Park. The company is doubling production with a new building addition and other changes, increasing a 240-person work force by 150 employees. Heberer said his department is doing three to four daily inspections at the Fage site.

Police Chief Mark Gifford reported his department had 738 calls for service in June, with 21 arrests made and 29 motor vehicles accidents investigated. He said new Officer Seth Mitchell is in field training.

Foss reported the Johnstown Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is off to a “fantastic start.” He said adults are encouraged to attend upcoming programs at the library. The library is also encouraging the checking out of e-books.

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