Johnstown Common Council approves agreements

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council approved various agreements at its meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.

The council approved a $114,000 contract with the Johnstown Senior Center for all of 2019. Mayor Vern Jackson was authorized and directed to execute a contract payable in three installments of $38,000.

The council also approved an agreement with Fulton Friendship House Inc. The agency is in the process of developing land for an expansion project located on North Perry Street. Once the project is complete, Fulton Friendship House will qualify for a real property tax exemption, The city is entering into an agreement for Payment in Lieu of Taxes for a period not to exceed 15 years.

Parties have agreed to a fixed annual PILOT payment in the amount of $33,000. The council authorized Jackson to execute a PILOT agreement with Fulton Friendship House.

A $15,000 agreement was approved between the city and Albany-based Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. for general on-call engineering services for the City Engineer’s Office in 2019. The firm will perform professional services on an hourly basis, with a maximum amount payable not to exceed $15,000 set by purchase order. Additional work may be performed as requested with the execution of additional purchase orders issued by the city.

“It’s just an in case agreement,” said City Engineer Christopher Vose. “I don’t think we ever used it last year.”

Vose said there was “nothing pressing” in his office at this time requiring the extra use of Greenman-Pedersen.

The council approved an $8,000 consulting services agreement with Orion Management Co. to assist the city with the administration of an economic development project. The city has been awarded funds from state Homes and Community Renewal to assist Evolution Recycling, Inc. to expand its recycling operations.

Jackson was authorized to execute a lease agreement with the Johnstown Area Community Center, at a yearly lease of $1. The city is renewing the lease with the JACC for an additional term of four years.

The council approved an Employee Assistance Program agreement for 2019 with St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam for city employees at a cost of $1,350.

In other business:

∫ Jackson appointed new Deputy City Clerk Doris Cast, retroactive to Jan. 14 at a salary of $15.09 per hour.

“She came to us with an impressive resume,” the mayor said.

∫ The council voted to authorize offering for private sale in the future a city-owned property at 103 N. Perry St. The city rejected a previous $500 offer from Larrice Dunn and Janet Wade.

∫ Willis Wood, employed by the Fulton County Correctional Facility, was appointed as a commissioner of deeds with a term to expire on Jan. 14, 2021.

∫ The council designed the following banks for the deposit of city funds for 2019: Key Bank, NA of New York, Berkshire Bank, NBT Bank, Citizens Bank, Kinderhook Bank, JP Morgan Chase and Green County Commercial Bank.

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

By Patricia Older

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