City approves sale of properties

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council handled numerous property transactions Monday at City Hall.

The council voted to authorize the private sale of city-owned properties at 9 Yost St. and 159 E. State St. The city had sought sealed written bids for the properties on June 5, but none was received.

Following a closed-door executive session, the council also accepted high bids on five city-owned properties that the city did receive bids on June 5.

Bids accepted were as follows: 4 Elmwood Ave., $5,000 offered by Pat Oare; 321 West State St., $5,000 offered by Wayne Akey; 106 Pearl St., $2,700 offered by Basem Alikan; 120 E. Clinton St., $7,500 offered by Wayne Akey; and 112 N. Perry St., $15,500 offered by Harun R. Ovacik.

In other business:

∫ The council approved an agreement with North Shore Solutions to update the city’s website. The firm provided a proposal to perform the work for an initial one-time setup cost of $500, with a yearly fee of $455 for software, hosting and configuration.

The resolution indicated the website update will be a way to “better serve the residents of the city.”

Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin said, “excellent idea, great price.”

“I want to know if it will be mobile- friendly,” said 1st Ward Councilman Bradley Hayner.

— The council reappointed the following members of the Johnstown Library Board of Trustees, whose terms will expire June 30, 2020: Elizabeth Camarra, of 504 S. Market St.; Virginia D’Amore, of 100 E. Third Ave.; M. Joy Little, of 316 N. Perry St.; Elizabeth Russo, residing at 302 Glebe St.; and Shelley Yerdon, of 1 W. Third Ave.

“They are all long-serving,” library Director Erica Wing said.

— A public hearing was conducted on an old $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to upgrade the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Mayor Vern Jackson said the city secured the grant two years ago.

“For some reason, the state has requested we conduct another public hearing,” the mayor said.

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

By Paul Wager

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