Johnstown ready to make payment for environmental study

JOHNSTOWN — The city is prepared to make its one-third $33,334 share payment for preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed annexation of land from the town of Mohawk to the city to help create a regional business park.

The Common Council has a resolution to do that on its agenda for its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Presentations on the upcoming Johnson Jog and the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility will kick off the session.

The city will be making a one-third payment as part of a $100,000 agreement with Sterling Environmental Engineering P.C. of Latham to prepare the EIS on the annexation of land needed for the proposed regional business park.

Mayor Vern Jackson and City Treasurer Michael Gifford couldn’t be reached Friday to comment on Monday’s agenda item.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors and Montgomery County Legislature both authorized similar $33,334 payments for the study in March.

The proposed business park involves annexation of more than 260 acres of land now in the town of Mohawk off Route 30A into the city of Johnstown. Officials from both counties say such a park may lure a large business to the area. Annexation petitions were filed by property owners in the town of Mohawk proposing their properties be annexed into the city of Johnstown, Property owners who have applied for the annexation are: Milltown Plaza Inc., Steve Miller, Jerrold Miller and James Miller.

In other action Monday, the council is expected to approve a $41,325 contract with Arcadis of Clifton Park for consulting support and compliance monitoring for the closed, former Johnstown Landfill.

The council will also consider a forest management agreement, and authorizing Gifford to collect the city’s $5.5 million 2017 levy as per the annual tax warrant.

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

By Chad Fleck

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