Brush pickup starting

JOHNSTOWN – The city Department of Public Works this week is starting to pick up piles of brush off residential terraces.

Second Ward Councilman Chris Foss told the Common Council on Monday crews will pick up brush from terraces, but residents are not to push the brush onto their streets. He said DPW will continue to pick up brush in the city through the end of the month.

Residents also have the option of bringing their brush piles to the normal West Main Street drop off area, Foss said.

Elsewhere in liaison reports given to the council, Foss noted the Johnstown Public Library’s 17th annual fundraiser – Johnstown Classic Mini-Golf – will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the 38 S. Market St. building. The library will have an 18-hole miniature golf course with obstacles, multi-level holes, and a 19th hole with snacks for sale.

Foss said 57 “book-themed” baskets will be up for raffle, and admission will cost $5, with proceeds benefiting library programming and services.

“I think this is real exciting,” Mayor Sarah Slingerland said of the event.

In other business:

  • First Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata reported the city Fire Department in March responded to 44 calls for service, which included two structure fires.
  • In the area of code enforcement, there were 25 building permits issued with the cost of projects put at $424,825 – more than the $160,187 worth of permits issued in March 2012.

“The estimated cost of projects is significantly larger,” Slingerland stated.

  • Lakata reported the city Police Department had 904 calls for service in March, with officers making 34 arrests and issuing 69 traffic tickets.
  • Foss said staff at HealthLink Littauer will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center to offer cholesterol and glucose screenings.
  • ?Slingerland reported the city Planning Board is involved in an ongoing effort to survey downtown businesses. She said the board may eventually suggest changes to the city’s zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan to the council. She said businesses find downtown clean and safe.

“By and large, they’re pretty happy with the downtown area as far as governmental services,” the mayor said.