Speed limit dropped near school building

JOHNSTOWN – The Common Council on Tuesday amended a city ordinance that will slow down traffic on Jansen Avenue, where a former city school will be used again for educational purposes.

Jansen Avenue Elementary School was closed in 2009, but the Greater Johnstown School District will start using it again for a new technology program this fall.

After the school building closed, the council approved removing signs around the school that reduced the speed limit, but Tuesday’s action will essentially reverse that.

“This is a situation where the Jansen Avenue school was not being used as a school and we removed the signage,” said Mayor Sarah Slingerland.

The council reinstated traffic signs at the former school, amending the city Code of Ordinances. Nobody spoke at a public hearing before the vote.

The ordinance that was approved says traffic within a 300-foot zone from the Jansen building can’t move at a speed greater than 15 mph between one hour before school and one hour after school.

The only other legislative action taken by the council Tuesday was passage of a resolution to approve a city procedure regarding bond proceeds.

Council members adopted written procedures to comply with federal tax law regarding the issuance of bonds.

“It’s an important piece of housekeeping,” Slingerland said.

City Treasurer Michael Gifford said his office received a call from one of the city’s bonding attorneys asking if the city has any written procedures for borrowing.

“We don’t, and now we will,” Gifford said.

The resolution noted state and local governmental entities that borrow money, on a tax-exempt basis, are now required to report to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service whether they have written procedures to comply with federal tax law. Procedures must be in place for bonds, certificates of participation, bond anticipation notes, tax anticipation notes, revenue anticipation notes, financing leases, energy performance contract financing, and any other instruments relating to borrowing.

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