Johnstown in need of garbage trucks

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Johnstown 2nd Ward Councilwoman Kathi Iannotti reads a resolution to advertise for bids for two garbage trucks at a recent Johnstown Common Council meeting at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The city desperately needs garbage trucks.

City Engineer Christopher Vose made that clear at a recent Common Council meeting at City Hall, in which he reported the city’s garbage truck was “down for the foreseeable future” due to transmission issues. He said the Department of Public Works is also down a couple employees.

“We’re trying to get a used truck,” Vose said.

The council passed a resolution seeking two garbage trucks, which the resolution said DPW is “in need of.”

Vose was tasked with developing, and making available bid specifications for the vehicles.

The resolution indicates bids for two garbage trucks will be opened at 11 a.m. March 11 at City Hall.

Vose told the council that the city has had to use other types of trucks to collect garbage and has had to add extra manpower to garbage collection.

“We need to do something because its seriously impacting our ability to do other jobs,” the city engineer said.

He said loaders and dump trucks are being used to haul garbage in the city.

“We’re in a pretty serious situation,” Vose said.

Fourth Ward Councilman Maxwell Spritzer stated that snow removal in the city is going well.

“I think the roads are very well kept,” he said.

Vose said it is “not viable” financially to buy a new garbage truck, but used ones are available.

Third Ward Councilwoman Amy Praught asked about shared services.

“We reached out to Gloversville,” Vose responded. “They don’t have a truck to give us.”

He said the city also reached out to the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste, which also didn’t have anything available.

Spritzer asked if Vose could advertise not just locally, but in the Albany area, which Vose said has never been considered.

“We don’t bid out a lot of used vehicles, is the problem,” Vose said.

In other business, the council passed a separate resolution to utilize bond financing for the purchase of the two garbage trucks, as well as or construction of a new roof at the Johnstown Senior Center.

Mayor Vern Jackson reported he received a letter from retiring city police Officer Jim Rodecker.

“It has truly been an honor serving the community the past 20 years,” the letter indicated.

Jackson also reported he received communication from Thomas Vaughn of the new Westmeadow Creamery on Route 30A in Johnstown. The mayor said he took a special tour of the new cheese factory, which hasn’t had an official public grand opening yet.

“We are very happy with our new home,” Jackson quoted Vaughn as saying.

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

By Josh Bovee

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