New sewer allocation for town

Johnstown 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin reads a resolution approving a city allocation to a Fulton County sewer district Monday night at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday committed to a city sewer allocation for Fulton County’s proposed sewer district in the town of Johnstown.

Action to aid the district — being developed for residents and businesses to connect into an existing sewer line — was taken at City Hall.

The resolution notes the county operates a sewer line which runs from the city of Gloversville along Route 29A to County Highway 122 to the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in the town. The county wants to create a sewer district for that area, paying for a required map, plan and report.

Currently there are four properties connected to the existing sewerline. They are the former Meco Elementary School, Meco Volunteer Fire Department, a Stewart’s Shop in the town of Johnstown, and the Gloversville Enlarged School District’s Transportation Center on Route 29A

Before the map, plans and reports can be done, the county requested a Johnstown council resolution “acknowledging its commitment to provide an allocation of wastewater flow capacity” from the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility to the county sewer district.

That commitment was expressed through the resolution, copies of which will be sent to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the city of Gloversville.

County officials said last spring that Rizzo Trucking at 1511 Route 29A wants to use the existing county sewer line. But for that to happen, county Sewer District No. 2 must be created. The district may include parcels on both sides of Route 29A, West Bush Road and Phelps Street.

In 1977, Fulton County installed the sewerline from the former county nursing home to the city of Gloversville. This allowed the nursing home to discharge its wastewater into a public sewer and eliminate the need for on-site treatment. The older system consists of two sewer pump stations at the nursing home and on Route 29A, a four-inch force main, and a 10-inch gravity main.

In other business Monday, the council rescinded a resolution approved Sept. 18 to accept a low bid of $4,450 from Muhammed Moutaz Bellah Doukmak to purchase a city-owned parcel at 319 W. State St.

Monday’s resolution indicated that Doukmak is “unable to purchase any property at this time” due to his “current immigration status and situation.”

The county authorized that — pursuant to the City Charter — that the West State Street property may be offered for private sale in the future.

Mayor Vern Jackson explained his undertstanding of the situation is that Doukmak came to the country and has to work with a sponsor in Florida.

“He plans to relocate here within six months,” the mayor said.

Jackson also made several announcements, including about the Johnstown Holiday Parade & Colonial Stroll that begins at 6 p.m. Friday downtown.

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


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