Traffic light felled by tree in June to be replaced

GLOVERSVILLE – The city Department of Public Works estimates insurance will cover the $12,000 to $15,000 cost to replace a traffic light at Second and Kingsboro avenues, a cost that comes in tens of thousands of dollars less than earlier thought.

A tree fell in early June and disabled a traffic light at the intersection, resulting in two stop signs being installed on Second Avenue.

“It’s nice we’re going to have the money to replace that,” Mayor Dayton King reported to the Common Council last week at City Hall.

DPW Director Kevin Jones said recently the city’s insurance company – New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal – will cover damage done to the light. He said the lights and controller are fairly new so the city can continue using them.

Jones told the council last week Stilson Electric has used poles, which contributed to the lower cost. He said the old base will have to be removed and sidewalk filled in around it. He said the replacement cost may be $12,000 to $15,000. He will talk to NYMIR to to see if it is satisfied with quotes and then proceed with work, Jones said.

Jones said today if the city were to install a complete new traffic light set up there, it could cost as high as $100,000.

“I think we’re all in agreement that we want to replace that light,” King said.

Elsewhere in his report, King said he received “a lot of feedback” about the city in the future not having its citywide garage sale close to the July 4 holiday. He said city officials can explore possibly having it later in the year.

In other reports given at the council session:

First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth said she is seeing more and more election signs posted on terraces. She said she spoke to city Building Inspector Rob Robbins, and placement of those signs, as well as real estate and contractor signs on terraces, are illegal.

“It’s a clear violation of the City Code,” she said.

Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam said if people don’t comply with that zoning law, the signs will be taken down.

King questioned why the signs couldn’t be put on terraces, and perhaps the code can be amended.

Second Ward Councilman Arthur Simonds reported the fire department needs new airpacks. He said he asked Whitman-Putman to talk to city Finance Commissioner Bruce Van Genderen about funding, estimated at about $72,000.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said a recent neighborhood watch meeting was well-attended by both city officials and the public.

“It was nice to see that participation,” he said. “I hope that continues to grow.”

He said the next neighborhood watch meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at City Hall.

VanDeusen also said the department had one officer resign June 30, and it has a candidate for replacement.

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

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