Smart Waters initiative still possible

JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson Monday acknowledged the city is still interested in a possible Smart Waters initiative with Fulton County.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 11 tabled a resolution to prepare cost estimates to extend a waterline from the city of Gloversville to the county’s waterline on Route 67 because county officials said the city of Johnstown is now interested.

The board was prepared to pass a resolution to approve $3,500 agreement with Environmental Design Partnership of Clifton Park, but ended up tabling the matter.

Late on Monday’s Common Council meeting at City Hall, Jackson said he wished to “advise the council” on the matter. He said he addressed a letter to the county regarding the Smart Waters “offer” to work previously with the city. The letter indicated the city may be interested.

“It’s just preliminary discussions,” Jackson said.

No meeting date between the county and city has been set yet, the mayor said.

Fulton County desires to increase the numbers of customers using water from its Route 67 waterline. The county also wants to decrease the cost of water to existing waterline customers.

The county in 2015 executed an agreement with the city of Gloversville allowing the county to purchase up to 2 million gallons of water per day from Gloversville and sell anywhere in Fulton County. The county is exploring options to extend Gloversville water to county Water District No. 1 on Route 67. County officials previously said city of Johnstown expressed no interest in such an agreement.

In other discussions, city officials revisited a request to close off part of West Main Street for the annual city Veterans Day Program at the downtown bandshell to preserve the solemnity of the event.

Jackson said that “probably wouldn’t work,” but it was decided bigger speakers with fuller sound may be the answer.

City police Lt. David Gilbo said the biggest problem would be rerouting big truck traffic, which may not work.

Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin, who leads the city’s Tourism and Special Events Committee, announced the city’s annual Fall Festival and parade for children is being taken over by the Johnstown High School Key Club. The event starts at noon Oct. 28 with a parade at City Hall on East Main Street, concluding with activities in the downtown Sir William Johnson Park on West Main Street.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

By Patricia Older

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