Water meter project ongoing

JOHNSTOWN – City officials are urging the public to cooperate with representatives of a Latham firm currently installing remote-read water meter equipment at city residences.

The Common Council on Tuesday night asked the public to be patient and helpful with the new water meter project going on in the city. The council last fall approved a nearly $600,000 contract with Anjo Construction LTD that allowed the city Water Department to purchase remote-read water meters.

Second Ward Councilwoman Kathi Iannotti, in her Water Department liaison report to the council, urged the public to let Anjo representatives have access to city residences. It was noted the company’s work will only take a few minutes and Anjo workers have proper identification.

She said Anjo is starting in the north end of the city to install water meters, and leaves postcards at homes where they can’t gain access.

Elsewhere in her water report, Iannotti noted the city Water Board recently welcomed new member George DiMarco.

In other departmental liaison reports given to the council:

First Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata reported key police department statistics for the past year. For 2013, she said the department issued: 633 traffic tickets, investigated 382 motor vehicle accidents and made 342 arrests.

Lakata reported the fire department in December responded to 54 calls, which included four structure fires. The department also conducted monthly inservice training, she said. The code enforcement office issued 34 permits with total cost of improvements of $95, 268.

Iannotti’s Department of Public Works report noted fill will continue to be spread at the former Karg Bros. tannery site until spring. The city is bringing in 17,000 cubic yards of dirt for the site so it can be redeveloped.

The DPW will discontinue picking up Christmas trees at city residences after Jan. 31, Iannotti said.

Fourth Ward Councilman Edwin Queeney III reported the Johnstown Public Library will conduct a free Energy Savings Workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the library. Tom Kilinski of Fulton Community Action Agency’s Energy Services Department will conduct the workshop.

Queeney said the library will host “Take Your Child to the Library Day” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1. The event will feature an ongoing scavenger hunt with prizes.

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