Vehicle exchange planned

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday night approved exchanging a city vehicle with Fulton County.

The council passed a resolution at City Hall to do an “even exchange” of the city’s 1992 International dump truck for the county’s 2009 freight van.

The dump truck was a surplus vehicle that has been used by the city’s Department of Public Works.

“Each government department has a use for the other’s vehicle,” the resolution stated. “The city of Johnstown and county of Fulton have agreed to an even exchange of these vehicles for mutual benefit and for the purpose of intermunicipal cooperation.”

In other business, the council advertised bidding nine city-owned properties. The city acquired certain property through its tax sale foreclosure. The resolution indicated the city desires to sell the properties and return them to the tax rolls to “promote the highest and best use.”

The properties are: .19-acre one-family residential property at 3 Adams Ave.; .26-acre one-family residential property at 2 Matthew St.; .20-acre vacant commercial land at 319 N. Perry St.; .10-acre two-family residential property at 102 Wells St.; .13-acre one-family residential property at 114 Prospect St.; .84-acre one-family residential property at 339 W. Montgomery St.; .37-acre one-family residential property at 305 Meadow St.; .24-acre two-family residential property at 2 Hamilton St.; and a .11-acre one-family residential property at 839 Glebe St.

The city will solicit sealed written bids for the purchase of the properties until 10 a.m. Oct. 4, at which time they’ll be opened at City Hall. Bid packets are available in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall.

The council authorized Mayor Vern Jackson to execute a renewal agreement with the state Unified Court System for court cleaning and minor repair services at City Hall. The initial period of the five-year term commences retroactive to April 1 and terminates March 31, 2019.

Jackson noted the Farmer’s Market remains open from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays until Oct. 23 in the downtown Sir William Johnson Park off West Main Street.

The mayor announced City Hall will be closed on Columbus Day, Oct. 8.

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

By Kerry Minor

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