Pilot for company to be on agenda

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council will hear a presentation on Trackside Homes at its monthly business meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be closed to the public but will be broadcast using Facebook Live. The public can view the meeting from the official city of Johnstown Facebook page, officials said.

In a presentation, Lewis Brown from the Vesta Corp. is slated to talk about a Trackside Homes’ Payment In Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT initiative.

No public hearings are scheduled, and city officials’ reports are being made available to council members. Liaison reports will be given live by council members.

The council will be looking to approve claims and accounts.

In regular action, the council is scheduled to consider action on six resolutions.

The council will consider a resolution to advertise for a public hearing on the Johnstown Police Department’s draft Police Reform Plan. Police Chief David Gilbo recently discussed the proposed plan with the city’s Police Reform and Reinvention Committee. The committee consists of city police, local public safety and mental health officials. The plan includes an overview of the JPD and mainly mandated and voluntary reforms. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June 2020 issued an executive order directing police agencies across New York state to come up with a plan by April 1 to address racial disparities, polices and make reforms.

In other business Tuesday night, the council is slated to consider approval of a city contract with the Johnstown Senior Citizen’s Center.

Other resolutions on the agenda include: A council appointment to the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board and the appointment of a commissioner of deeds; approval of relocation of a water main for Phase 2 of a Route 29A/30 project; and a contract to continue compliance monitoring at the city’s old closed landfill.

In addition to regular council discussion, Mayor Vern Jackson will read announcements to cap off the session.

By Patricia Older