Next neighborhood event set

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department will conduct its next Neighborhood Engagement Unit public event from 3 to 7 p.m. June 24 at Littauer Field.

Chief Anthony Clay recently informed the Common Council that the second NEU date for Ward 6 is now set.

He also touted the success of the first NEU event held at the Elk’s Street Playground, in which the public was told of services, games, and there was free food available. Police officers also trained and made stops at residences.

“We went through quite a bit of the materials,” Clay said of the first NEU event.

The police chief said more materials would be obtained for the Littauer Field event. He said more than 20 people were trained in the use of Narcan at the Elk Street event.

“I think these are enormously effective,” said Mayor Vincent DeSantis.

In other reports to the council:

∫ Fire Chief Thomas Groff reported the city is down to 90 vacant buildings, making steady progress.

He said the city had three previously vacant properties that are now compliant — with a total of 12 compliant properties.

“We made some progress there,” Groff said.

In May, he said the Building Department issued permits for construction estimated at $256,275 in the city.

“That’s really good,” said DeSantis, who noted the cost of building materials is up.

DeSantis praised the effort to get down to 90 vacant buildings, from well over 100.

Groff said more buildings are becoming occupied in the city.

“The house sales are up,” the fire chief added.

∫ Finance Commissioner Tammie Weiterschan reported city government has started a new conversion process with a new software company. She said the program requires a two-week cadence process.

“We’re anxious to get moving on that,” she said.

Weiterschan also reported a delinquent property tax period is now over. She said the city is now collecting June amounts on tax bills.

She noted the council had to do some budget modifications, and rates for city personnel working school events.

By Patricia Older