City makes play for grant to aid team
By MICHAEL ANICH
GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council on Tuesday agreed to allow the city Police Department to pursue a $100,000 state grant with the Johnstown Police Department to aid the cities’ Joint Emergency Response Team.
Police Chief Donald VanDeusen mentioned the grant opportunity during his report to the council at City Hall.
He said acceptance of the grant application is based on a similar approval from the Johnstown Common Council.
“Don, I think it’s great,” Mayor Dayton King said of the grant opportunity.
Following the meeting, VanDeusen explained the Glove Cities police departments learned of a $100,000 grant that is available through the state Division of Homeland Security. Applications have to be to the division by Oct. 4.
The Johnstown Common Council may consider the application at its meeting Monday.
VanDeusen said funding would mostly go toward equipment and training needed for the joint response team.
In other action Tuesday night by the council:
The council set penalties for animal violations, as required by the City Code and pursuant to Article 7 of the state Agriculture and Markets Laws.
Any person convicted of a violation of one of the chapters will be liable for a civil penalty of $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second violation and $150 for each subsequent violation, and/or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days, or both.
Any person violating any provision of the article may be punished by a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $350 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days, or both.
Fulton County acquired a parcel located at 115 Washington St. – the estate of Robert Zuckerwar – for unpaid taxes. The county asked the penalties totaling $58.96 on the parcel be waived. The council authorized Commissioner of Finance Bruce Van Genderen to remove penalties for the sewer and infrastructure portion of the parcel.
The 115 Washington St. building was designated by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors to be razed by the county Demolition Team under the Operation Green Scene program.
City Attorney Anthony Casale said this is an example of the county wanting the city to waive fees and the city losing out.
“There’s no perfect solution to each and every one of the [foreclosure] problems,” he said. “I just want you guys to be mindful of the process going forward.”
The council authorized King to execute an agreement. Van Genderen had submitted the agreement for police personnel attendance at school functions for the period of Sept. 1, 2013, through Aug. 31, 2014.