Firefighters help save city funds

JOHNSTOWN – The city Fire Department saved the city nearly $8,000 this year by having its own firefighters do maintenance on department vehicles, Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said Monday.

In his monthly report to the Common Council at City Hall, Heberer noted his firefighters work inhouse on the fire vehicles instead of having the city spend money contracting out to a vendor for maintenance.

“We just completed all of our annual vehicle maintenance,” the fire chief said.

He said the inhouse labor by his staff on fire department vehicles saved the city about $7,900 this year.

Heberer, who also serves as the city’s code enforcement officer, also reported construction of the T.J. Maxx department store is “on schedule.”

Pennsylvania-based Johnstown Comrie Associates is building a 23,400-square-foot, single-story, steel-frame T.J. Maxx store next to Romana’s restaurant on the north end of the shopping center off Route 30A. The store is expected to be open by Christmas.

Elsewhere in city department reports before the council:

Johnstown Public Library Director Erica Wing said Bob Cudmore will discuss his new book, “Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley,” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the library.

City Engineer Chandra Cotter said activities by the Department of Public Works, which have been “non-stop” since April, have “slowed down” lately.

“We’re going to focus on leaves,” Cotter said.

She said DPW will also be repairing a catch basin on West State Street, and getting city parks ready for the winter.

Police Chief Mark Gifford said the city’s winter parking ban goes into effect Dec. 1 and runs until April 1. During those months, vehicles can’t be parked on city streets from midnight to 6 a.m. He said police will give “warning tickets” in the beginning of the ban, but violation tickets will be handed out eventually.

Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin – for absent Johnstown Senior Citizens Director Michelle Jones – reported the center’s last defensive driving course will be conducted at 9 a.m. Nov. 13. Participants must preregister.

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