Bridge plans set

The Johnstown Common Council conducts business Monday night at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The city’s state grant agreement to replace the Miller Street bridge is being drawn up, the Common Council learned Monday night at City Hall.

City Engineer Christopher Vose in his monthly Department of Public Works report to the council said the agreement involving a promised $100,000 grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York was being written up. The Miller Street project is slated to be done inhouse by the city Department of Public Works using a prefabricated bridge.

Vose said he will know more about when the project will proceed by the end of the year or next spring.

The area around the former 1930s-era Miller Street bridge over the Cayadutta Creek is currently closed. The span was taken down after it was cited by the state Department of Transportation as a deteriorating structure.

Continuing his report, Vose said the city will be using a new backup plow truck this winter.

Vose said DPW will only be picking up leaves from residences for several more days.

“We’re picking them up through the end of the month,” he said.

In other reports to the council:

∫ City Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said his code enforcement staff are dealing with new “enhancements” to state code.

The fire department in October had 68 calls, including two structure fires and two mutual aid calls Gloversville.

The city’s Code Enforcement Division handled 84 construction permits in October, compared to 55 a year ago. The newly-proposed projects represent over $1 million in construction within the city, Heberer said.

“We can’t emphasize fire safety enough,” the chief said.

Heberer said city residents may have questions about subjects ranging from chimney cleaning or Christmas trees. He said firefighters will come to their homes to advise.

∫ Police Lt. David Gilbo reported the department had 714 calls in October, making 58 arrests. Police issued 143 citations and investigated 12 accidents during the month.

Gilbo said the department gained a 23rd officer as a lateral transfer from the Gloversville police department. He said the department will be gaining one more officer to bring it up to “full strength” with 24 officers. He said the department’s three sergeants attended leadership training.

Gilbo also said the city’s all night parking ban goes into effect Dec. 1, running until April. He said violators will be ticketed.

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

By Patricia Older

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