Hearing scheduled in city on state aid

JOHNSTOWN – The Common Council on Monday set a public hearing on $1.1 million in state aid the city seeks to improve the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility and the city’s water treatment plant.

The hearing was scheduled for 7 p.m. May 20 in the council chambers at City Hall.

City Treasurer Michael Gifford told the council Monday night that Nick Zabawsky, owner of Orion Management Co. of Amsterdam, will attend the session. Zabawsky has served in the past as a city grant consultant.

The city is considering forwarding applications to the state Office of Community Renewal seeking funding through the Community Development Block Grant program.

The city is seeking $1.1 million in federal funding filtered down through the state, broken down this way: $700,000 in improvements for the wastewater treatment facility; and $400,000 sought in improvements for the city water treatment plant.

No one spoke at a separate public hearing the council conducted Monday night on amending the city Code of Ordinances to allow installation of new no-parking signs on three Johnstown Industrial Park roads. A proposed Code of Ordinances change will prohibit parking on Opportunity Drive, Venture Drive and Enterprise Road.

City officials the last several months have discussed the crumbling infrastructure at the industrial park off Route 30A. Officials have said they hope new no-parking signs will cut down on illegal truck parking.

Public speaker Joseph Simone of Pennsylvania Avenue told the council that city officials didn’t get back to him about traffic safety concerns he expressed last June. Simone told the council then that he is a crossing guard who helps children walk to Glebe Street Elementary School and he is concerned people are driving too fast through his guard area. That area includes Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He said he is a Boy Scout leader who watches out for children and he hopes more can be done so no child gets hurt.

“I have kids crossing that street every day of the week,” Simone said. “I’m going to do whatever I can to keep them from getting hit.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.