Council eyeing joint grant effort

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council is expected to consider a resolution at its meeting Tuesday to approve seeking a Brownfield Opportunity Area grant with the city of Johnstown.

Last week, the Johnstown Common Council approved a similar resolution that authorized a contract with Rochester-based Bergmann Associates, which would help the two cities apply for a $400,000 state grant.

The grant would pay for a development study for both downtowns.

Bergmann Associates would be paid an $8,800 fee, split between the two cities.

Johnstown City Engineer Chandra Cotter and Gloversville Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones have been collaborating on the effort.

The Johnstown resolution said both cities want to submit an application for Brownfield Opportunity Area Program Step 2 funding.

The Brownfield Opportunity Area Program provides money to help develop areas that may be difficult to work with because of environmental hazards.

Some of the things the grant could be used for include: future land use and master planning, environmental review and investigation to develop site profiles, regulatory updates or zoning analysis, feasibility studies, highest- and best-use studies, infrastructure analysis and capacity studies, and marketing and branding activities.

The grant wouldn’t pay for bricks-and-mortar work, environmental cleanup and remediation, purchase of environmental insurance, land acquisition, or direct subsidies to private entities.

Jones said this morning the application period for the grant hasn’t been set, but that will give the cities time to have things ready for the prenomination phase.

Burger King

Jones also is scheduled to discuss a number of resolutions, including possible action to continue progress of the proposed new Burger King on South Kingsboro Avenue.

Jones said he’s had a number of meetings with state Department of Transportation officials and representatives of Carrols Corp. about the issues with the plans for the new Burger King.

“I think we have worked out a resolution, which is an agreement that will make everybody happy,” Jones said.

Carrols LLC wants to construct the 2,763-square-foot restaurant on property now owned by Foothills United Methodist Church. Carrols would demolish a house to make room for the restaurant.

DOT officials said the proposed access driveway at the bottom of South Kingsboro Avenue is unacceptable because it could interfere with traffic flow at the intersection of South Kingsboro and Route 30A.

Planning Board members said at the September meeting the last thing they want to do is prevent development in the city, but the DOT response tied their hands, preventing the board from setting a public hearing or taking any further action on the Burger King project.

Jones also said the street resurfacing project is completed. Although the city originally had $8,000 transferred from contingency to cover the cost, the project finished below budget, so he will return money through a formal resolution.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen will recognize retiring Sgt. Glenn Dekanek’s career with the Police Department, and noted that Officer Chester “Chet” Enders will be promoted to sergeant.