Owens may get office in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council is expected to consider passing a resolution Tuesday to authorize Mayor Dayton King to lease office space within City Hall to U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.

King said there are three vacant rooms in the DPW office that Owens will be able to use until his term runs out.

“We have agreed to a lease with him until his term runs out,” King said this morning. “Hopefully, we will be able renew it if he gets re-elected.”

Owens, whose congressional district includes Fulton and Hamilton counties, was elected in November for his third two-year term in Congress.

The council also will conduct public hearings at its meeting Tuesday on proposals to prohibit parking on Monroe Street and place a stop sign on West Fulton Street at its intersection with Rose Street.

King said many residents have been complaining about limited space for traffic on Monroe Street, and the city received complaints about the West Fulton and Rose streets intersection needing a stop sign instead of a yield sign.

DPW building

At the meeting, Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones is scheduled to discuss what will be done with the former Water Department building on Third Avenue.

The city Water Department relocated in December from Third Avenue to South Main Street.

In the spring, the department plans to move its offices out of City Hall to the new building, which will serve as the central office of the city Water Department.

The council voted at its last meeting to have a commercial appraiser from Coldwell Banker look at the building to determine the value.

Senior partnership

First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth will discuss the progress of the Gloversville Senior Center’s partnership with the city.

At a November Common Council meeting, Eugene Reppenhagen, the president of the center’s Board of Directors, asked for funding from the city to help keep the services the center provides.

The council passed a budget for 2013 with no funding for the center.

However, Wentworth said at the November meeting the council could come back and amend the budget to include aid for the senior center.

Wentworth also said the council would like to meet with the board to discuss where the senior center stands financially before providing money.

Reppenhagen said the senior center receives $7,500 from the town of Johnstown and an additional $500 from the town of Day.

The council also is scheduled to listen to Chad Kortz – of C.T. Male, an engineering and architectural design firm – give a presentation about the findings of the drainage study of Kinderhook Development.

Since the housing project was proposed in 2009, residents in the area have voiced concerns about it. Among those concerns was that the development might exacerbate groundwater problems.

Levi Pascher covers Gloversville news. He can be reached by email at