Fire chief issues permit reminder

JOHNSTOWN – With warmer weather on the horizon, the city fire chief reminded the public about what is needed when making home repairs.

Chief Bruce Heberer recently told the Common Council he wanted to remind city residents about property work that requires permits, but mostly will not result in a rise in residents’ assessments.

Heberer said his code enforcement division and the city Assessor’s Office is letting the public know that city permits may be needed for the following work and projects: repairs to foundations, garages, barns, sheds, basements or entryways, carports, patios, breezeways, siding, sheds under 144 square feet, painting, trees and shrubs, window and door replacement, sidewalks, paving driveways, roofs, chimneys, porches and step repair, repairs to outside, interior renovations, insulation, remodeling, boilers or furnaces, hot water heaters, plumbing and electrical.

“None of that work will result in the increase in your assessment,” Heberer stated.

Only an increase in square footage could result in assessment increases, he said.

Heberer urged those with further questions to contact the code enforcement office at the city fire station, or the assessor’s office at City Hall.

In regular business, the council reappointed Christine Krempa of 804 S. William St. and Helen James of 404 S. Market St. to three-year terms on the city Zoning Board of Appeals. Their appointments will expire on March 31, 2017.

The council also reappointed Peter K. Smith of 206 W. Third Ave. and George Nicholas of 314 N. Perry St. to three-year terms on the city Planning Board. These terms will expire on March 31, 2017.

Mayor Michael Julius also announced upcoming events that included: Citywide Garage Sale, May 2 through 4; City Cleanup, May 8 through 10; and the farmers market starting May 20. The market will go from 3 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday downtown.

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