Cleanup at old tannery continues

JOHNSTOWN – The city will continue to spread dirt the rest of the month at the former Karg Bros. tannery site to ready it for redevelopment, officials said this week.

“Our goal is to have the site covered by March 1,” City Engineer Chandra Cotter told the Common Council Monday night at City Hall.

Cotter gave a department report on the Karg Bros. project, in which the city Department of Public Works is working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The longtime project involves cleanup at the six-acre North Perry Street site for eventual reuse. The city is receiving help from the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste, which is contributing 17,000 cubic yards of dirt for the site.

“We’ve been really busy at Karg’s,” Cotter told the council.

She thanked the Department of Solid Waste, as well as the city of Gloversville for providing trucks and drivers for the dirt project.

On another matter, Cotter said she will be providing recommendations to the council regarding cost estimates for future work on the Rail Trail. The city in 2015 plans to do the first phase of a trail safety improvement project involving alterations to two high-profile crossings.

In other departmental reports:

Police Chief Mark Gifford said his department will participate in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug “Take-Back Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. He said the public can drop off their expired or unneeded prescription drugs to the Johnstown Police Department, 41 E. Main St., during that time.

Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said work at the new T.J. Maxx department store at the Johnstown Shopping Center is “rounding the last curve” and it will be opening “relatively soon.” Developer Michael Wachs, the shopping center owner, said previously the store would open by mid-March.

Heberer noted his department has “been busy with fires, again,” urging the public to be aware of the proper use of electrical devices.

He also noted he has two firefighters retiring at the end of March.

Michelle Jones, director of the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center, said her facility will conduct its spring bazaar April 12.

Erica Wing, director of the Johnstown Public Library, reported the library’s annual fundraiser will again involve mini-golf conducted at the facility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26. The event will also involve raffling donated themed-baskets.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at