Paving planned in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN – Ten city streets are scheduled to be either partially or fully paved this summer, the Common Council was told recently.

In his Department of Public Works liaison report, 2nd Ward Councilman Chris Foss said the city’s 2013 paving list is out.

The state Department of Transportation has awarded the city $234,989 in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funding for 2012-13. Some of that will be used for the resurfacing of city streets. The city is accepting paving bids until July 9.

Foss reported that “budget pending,” the paving list for this summer includes these streets:

Walnut Avenue (entire); Mason Street (North Perry to North Market streets); West Green Street (from West State to North Market streets); Hoosac Street (entire); West Madison Avenue (South Melcher to Chestnut streets); Fon Clair Street (Persse Avenue to Route 30A); South Perry Street Extension (entire); Tryon Place/Stanton Terrace (entire); West Madison Avenue Extension (entire); and Genesee Street (entire).

Projects encompass 253,000 square feet of street paving.

Elsewhere in his DPW report, Foss said city consultant Arcadis-US of Clifton Park is preparing a report on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s findings on potential pollutants at the former Karg Bros. tannery site on North Perry Street. He said the report will be sent to Mayor Sarah Slingerland for her review.

For several years, the city has been trying to develop a plan to clean up the former tannery site, which was shut down in the mid-1990s.

The city has a state brownfields grant and has been working with DEC and the state Department of Health to assess contamination at the site before it can be remediated.

Foss also reported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completed cleanup work at the former Demis Leather tannery. The site at 124-126 W. Fulton St. is privately owned, but he said the EPA recently cleaned up the site in a coordinated effort with the city.

City Engineer Chandra Cotter told the council in March that EPA deemed the old tannery contaminated.