Union employees get new federal holiday

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council recently executed a Memorandum of Agreement with Local 1000 AFSCME, AFL-CIO, city of Johnstown Civil Service Employees Association Unit to allow city employees to observe a new federal holiday.

Mayor Vern Jackson was authorized by the council at its monthly meeting at City Hall to sign the agreement.

“This is basically to add the new federal holiday, Juneteenth,” the mayor said.

The resolution approved by the council said the CSEA agreement is for the period from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2023.

Juneteenth — officially Juneteenth National Independence Day and also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day — was declared a new federal holiday in the United States on June 19. It commemorates the emancipation of African-American slaves. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture. Originating in Galveston, Tex., it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865. It is the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas, which was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery.

City of Johnstown employees also observe these 10 other holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

In other council business:

∫ The council advertised for a public hearing to amend Chapter 11, Section 11-602.1 of the City Code of Ordinances related to transfer station charges. The hearing will be conducted at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Changes relate to permits residents of the city of Johnstown obtain using the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste facility.

∫ A public hearing was also advertised for 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at City Hall to amend Chapter 4, Section 4-208 of the City Code of Ordinances regarding licensing, registration of dogs in the city.

Changes proposed include the fee structure: Altered (spayed or neutered) is $7; unaltered (unspayed or unneutered) is $13; senior discount, over the age of 65 — $3 discount per license; and late fee — $5 per dog shall be applied for each renewal over 90 days in arrears. Also, proposed is applications and renewal would be required to pay a state surcharge — altered (spayed or neutered) is $1; unaltered (unspayed or unneutered) is $3.

∫ A third public hearing was advertised for 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at City Hall to amend the City of Johnstown Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Section 20-202, regarding designation of through streets.

A stop sign would be added on Nellis Avenue, at the intersection with Bloomingdale Avenue.