Fire purchase gets OK

JOHNSTOWN – The Common Council on Tuesday approved a $128,227 contract with a Maryland company to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus for the city Fire Department.

The council entered into a contract with Avon Protection Systems for the fire department equipment at its business meeting at City Hall.

Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said Wednesday that city firefighters have been using self-contained breathing equipment that is now 15 years old.

“Ours is becoming obsolete in two years,” Heberer said.

The city had opened sealed bids for new self-contained breathing apparatus January 10 and the Avon bid was the only one received.

In other council business, Mayor Michael Julius was authorized to execute a $100,000 contract with the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center for 2014. The city will pay the center three installments.

The council approved three resolutions related to surplus equipment and vehicles. The first was to accept an offer from Amy Blowers for equipment that received no bids on Nov. 26. The offer by Blowers totaled $40 for several Motorola and Kenwood portable radios and chargers.

Another resolution approved by the council solicits sealed written proposals from the public for the purchase of obsolete city vehicles and equipment. Proposals will be opened at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at City Hall.

“It’s the items that didn’t sell the last bid,” said City Engineer Chandra Cotter. “It’s a combination of the Department of Public Works and the Water Department.”

The council also rejected four offers ranging from $50 to $400 for surplus equipment that included: a municipal dump box, multi-purpose spreader, head plow, riding mower, sickle mower attachment, chipper and backhoe bucket. No bids were received for the items on Nov. 26. The council authorized that the equipment may be offered for private sale, scrapped or disposed of in the future.

Reappointed to the Johnstown Library Board of Trustees were: Chris Foss of 111 Prindle Ave., with a term to expire June 30, 2016; and Beth Connelie of 403 South William St., with a term to expire June 30, 2015.

Julius appointed Helen James of 404 S. Market St. to the city Zoning Board of Appeals, effective immediately for an unexpired term that concludes March 31. After that, she may be appointed to a new three-year term.