Johnstown library fundraiser plans proceed

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Public Library’s upcoming annual fundraiser will have nearly 70 donated book themed-baskets to offer the public, the Common Council heard recently at City Hall.

Library Director Erica Wing stated the Johnstown Classic: Mini-Golf at the Library will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the library.

For $5 admission, the event will feature an 18-hole miniature golf course built within the library stacks. Wing said the fundraiser also includes about 68 book-themed baskets for raffle, food for sale, and musical entertainment. Baskets can be viewed on the library website:

Elsewhere in her monthly report to the council, Wing stated: “I just completed the 2013 annual report for the state. Everything is looking good, programming continues to grow.”

In other city official reports:

City Engineer Chandra Cotter reported the Karg Bros. fill project is winding down. The city-owned site for the former tannery off North Perry Street has been the recipient of many loads of dirt to ready it for future redevelopment. She said the next step is to have it re-seeded with grass. She said the council will eventually have to decide what to do with the site.

“We’ll have to look at that in the next couple months,” Cotter said.

Councilman-at-Large Christopher Swatt noted the Karg site was the subject of a proposed City Center Park in the city’s previously-released Comprehensive Plan.

“That seems like a pretty logical [place],” Swatt said.

First Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata noted the city doesn’t have a recreation department and anything associated with a park would be an “additional expense” to the city.

The city engineer reported the city’s brush dropoff site on West Main Street is officially open for the season. City residents can bring their brush and lawn debris there.

Pick up from terraces will be the last two weeks in April, Cotter said. Residents are forbidden from putting debris in the street because it blocks the storm drains when it rains.

“The [street] sweeper will be out soon,’ Cotter added.

Police Chief Mark Gifford reported the city’s all-night parking ban was lifted April 1.

He said his department will host a drug disposal program – in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. Area residents can bring in their old, unwanted prescription bottles for disposal. Gifford said the program is open to “anybody,” not just city residents.

City Treasurer Michael Gifford said his office is in the middle of tax collection. He said all payments are due no later than April 30. After May 1, he said property owners will be charged for being overdue.

Gifford said he is also working on his annual report to be filed with the state by April 30.

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