City grapples with retirements

JOHNSTOWN — The city is attempting to process several police and fire retirements in recent months, city Treasurer Michael Gifford said Monday.

He didn’t say how many he was dealing with, but Gifford told the Common Council at City Hall that the city Police and Fire Departments have had many of the staff retire. He said the retirements generate “gobs of paperwork” for the treasurer’s office to process.

“We’re clearing those things up,” Gifford said.

Both police Chief Mark Gifford and fire Chief Bruce Heberer have announced several retirements so far this year.

Gifford also reported to the council that his office is also recently working on the city’s annual filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In other reports Monday to the council:

∫ Heberer said his department in April did inservice training, and three firefighters graduated from the state Fire Academy. The fire department had 60 calls for service, including three structure fires, in April. The department’s Codes Division last month also issued 76 permits for projects totalling $325,105 worth or repairs and upgrades.

He noted the state burn ban was lifted Sunday.

∫ Mark Gifford said the police department had 693 calls for service in April. He said 53 arrests were made, 23 parking tickets issued and 28 motor vehicle accidents investigated during the month.

The chief said Johnstown police participated in a recent DEA effort to collect expired and unused prescriptions.

“A lot of people turned in prescription drugs,” he said.

He said two 40-gallon garbage bags were filled with prescriptions, which are destroyed by the DEA.

∫ Michelle Jones, executive director of the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center, said summer instruction is back for another year.

∫ Johnstown Public Library Director Erica Wing said her facility is also shifting into summer mode, with this weekend being the last one in which the facility is open until Labor Day. Starting next week, she said the library is only open Mondays through Fridays until September.

“People tend to forget every year,” Wing said.

∫ Second Ward Councilwoman Kathi Iannotti noted Assessment Grievance Day is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

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

By Patricia Older

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