City accepts bids to sell properties

JOHNSTOWN – The Common Council recently accepted bids totaling $26,805 for three city-owned properties, rejected a bid for a bucket truck, and then advertised to seek proposals again for the truck.

Bidding issues were part of the council’s business meeting Monday at City Hall.

Sealed written bids for three city-owned properties were advertised for public bid as part of foreclosure proceedings. A total of seven bids were opened May 10.

The council accepted high bids for the following properties: 30 Parkwood Ave., Jeff Kollar – $17,100; 3 Burton St., Richard LeCount – $8,200; and 103 Hoosac St., Radwan Alikhan – $1,505. Bidders have 30 days from Monday to pay the full bid price. Mayor Sarah Slingerland was authorized to execute documents to transfer the properties to the successful bidders.

Slingerland thanked City Clerk Cathy VanAlstyne, the Department of Public Works staff, City Attorney Susan Palmer Johnson and City Treasurer Michael Gifford for getting the properties “to this point” for public sale.

“It has really been a good process for us to put so many properties back on the tax rolls,” Slingerland said.

In other business, the council rejected a lone sealed bid opened May 3 of $1,500 from a member of the public to purchase a 1990 city-owned utility-bucket truck.

“That bid was way too low,” said 2nd Ward Councilman Chris Foss.

The obsolete utility-bucket truck is being sold as is.

In a separate resolution that followed the rejection the board resolved to solicit sealed written proposals for purchase of the truck.

Proposals will be received by the City Clerk’s Office until 10:30 a.m. June 7 at City Hall.

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