City ban to take effect

JOHNSTOWN – The city’s all-night parking ban begins Sunday, city officials noted last week.

In a public safety report to the Common Council, 1st Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata said the city Police Department is about to implement the seasonal all-night parking ban on city streets.

Lakata said the ban begins Sunday and it runs until April 1. Vehicles are to be off the street from midnight to 6 a.m. during the four-month period. Police are intending to issue warning tickets in the beginning of the ban.

In other police matters, Lakata said the department in October had 714 service calls. During the month, police also made 35 arrests, issued 46 traffic tickets and investigated 36 accidents.

In other departmental reports given at the council meeting:

Lakata said the city Fire Department responded to 68 calls for service in October, including five structure fires. She said firefighters conducted monthly in-service training, and the Codes Division completed in-service training on the installation and inspection of heating devices and energy code compliance. The fire department also issued 50 building permits in October for projects having an estimated construction cost of $258,311.

“We continue to grow in a very positive way,” Mayor Sarah Slingerland said.

Second Ward Councilman Chris Foss reported the Johnstown Public Library has a new “Picture Book City” arrangement. The library has rearranged its picture books and low-level nonfiction into Picture Book neighborhoods, denoted by colored stickers and special signage.

Foss also reported the library will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Foss also reported the Department of Public Works is picking up leaves for all city residents and has completed preparations for winter.

“All of the city’s snow removal equipment is prepped and ready for the season,” he added.

Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin reported the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center’s 50 Plus Club will conduct its annual Christmas Party at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Slingerland reported the city’s Colonial Stroll will be conducted from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 downtown.

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