Johnstown city officials, water board tension not new: Predates Praught, Capparello, resolutions still far off

Johnstown city officials, water board tension not new: Predates Praught, Capparello, resolutions still far off

JOHNSTOWN — The strained relationship between Johnstown City Hall and the city's Water Board located just next door, along with the array of issues facing the city's Water Department, are nothing new. The city has twice brought referendums to city voters — in 2015 and 2020 — to abolish the Water Board, which were both voted down. Former Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown assembled a grand jury for a three-month investigation in 2019 to hear complaints between the two elected bodies. In September 2020, state district engineer Chris Demme informed the city it needed to take "immediate action" to hire properly certified assistant…
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