City may fill posts

GLOVERSVILLE – The mayor and Common Council will try to resolve several leadership appointment issues at a meeting Tuesday.

The council previously delayed appointing William Walrath to another term as the head of the city’s transit system.

A city resident in November told officials that Walrath, a Northville resident, is holding a department head position without being a city resident and could be in violation of state and local law.

City Labor Attorney Bryan Goldberger’s legal opinion, presented in a letter to the Common Council last month, stated Walrath would be able to remain in his position because he lives in Fulton County.

Mayor Dayton King said the council is seeking more clarification from Goldberger.

“[Goldberger] is scheduled to be here on Tuesday in executive session, and afterward, we are hoping to come out of that executive session with a formal [decision],” King said.

King said despite Walrath’s term running out at the end of 2013, he will keep working in the transit position.

Also Tuesday, the mayor will consider making several appointments to the Historic Preservation Review Board, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, Transit Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The appointments require approval by the council.

In other businesses planned at the council meeting:

Johnstown Mayor Michael Julius and King are talking about possibly renewing Gloversville Transit System bus runs through the city of Johnstown that ceased more than three years ago.

King said the idea will be discussed at the meeting.

The transit system’s bus runs to Johnstown stopped in November 2010 after the cities failed to negotiate a new contract after the old one ended.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen will introduce three new police officers, Jeremy Bell, Kevin Orcutt and Damon Stewart. Officer Darryn Coopas will be promoted to sergeant.

City Attorney Anthony Casale is scheduled to discuss a change to restricted parking on the east side of East Boulevard in front of the elementary school.

Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones will discuss a request to have two vacant parcels rezoned to commercial on South Kingsboro Avenue.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall.