City nixes property offer

JOHNSTOWN – The Common Council recently rejected a New Jersey man’s proposal to purchase some city-owned property because the amount he offered was too low.

The council declined to accept a $5,000 offer from Robert T. Leonard of Hillsdale, N.J., to purchase city property at 9-21 Hoosac St.

No indication was given as to what the city plans to do now with the property.

In his application to the city, Leonard wrote that his proposed use for the Hoosac Street parcels was “future development – perhaps self-storage.” He also indicated he could make residential or retail investment there.

But city officials figured $5,000 wasn’t enough money for work the city has already put into the four parcels at 9, 13, 15 and 17-21 Hoosac Street to ready the properties for redevelopment.

“At this time, [the offer] doesn’t seem extremely attractive to me,” said 1st Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata.

Mayor Sarah Slingerland noted the pending sale of the city-owned properties has been “out there for awhile.”

In other council business at City Hall:

  • The council authorized a contract with Nathan Littauer Hospital to provide local health officer services to the city. The term of the officer is retroactive to April 1 and concludes March 31 at an annual cost of $5,000. The city will make two installments to the hospital of $2,500 each, with the last due in October.

“This is a budget piece,” Slingerland said. “It has not changed in several years.”

  • The council also passed a resolution to cover certain events under the city’s liability insurance package for this year. Those activities were: Motorcycle Show on Aug. 15, Halloween Parade on Oct. 26, and Colonial Stroll on Dec. 6.
  • The mayor noted City Hall will be closed for the July 4 holiday. She also reported this season’s Johnstown Citizen Band concerts at the downtown park bandshell begin July 12.

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