Banners promote local buildings

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville District Management Association – operated and known as the Business Improvement District – will place banners on light poles throughout the district to promote local historical structures and landmarks and improve the visual appeal of downtown, BID President Karen Smith said.

Smith spoke to the Common Council on Tuesday about the BID’s recent purchase of three banners, which include images of the Glove Theatre, Schine Memorial Hall and the Gloversville Public Library.

She said the banners were designed by Linda Hinkle of the Micropolis Gallery and use the same color scheme as the local school district, maroon and white. She said there are 11 banners for each historical building, and they will be placed on an alternating basis between the flower baskets throughout the district.

Smith said the 33 banners cost the BID about $4,000.

“They will be here within the next couple of weeks,” Smith said.

The Board of Directors for the BID oversees assessments levied on downtown property owners. The revenues are intended to pay for improvements within the district not otherwise provided for by the city.

The BID district includes properties on Main Street, from Prospect Avenue to Vine Street; on Church, Middle, Bleecker, East and West Fulton streets; on North Arlington Avenue; and on Washington Street.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen asked whether the banners will be placed high enough to keep out of the reach of potential vandalism. Smith said they will be high enough.

In other city business:

The council unanimously approved a resolution to allow the Police Department to use LexisNexis to perform background checks for the city.

According to the company’s website – – the company “provides customers with access to billions of searchable documents and records from more than 45,000 legal, news and business sources.”

VanDeusen said by using LexisNexis, the department would be able to look into a particular person’s criminal activity outside the immediate area.

He said presently the city only is able to access criminal- history records of a local nature. LexisNexis will show a person’s history nationwide.

The user agreement is for one year, with an approximate cost of $100. Any proposed vendor would pay a non-refundable $25 fee to have a background check before the vendor application is approved, according to the resolution.

The council approved a bond with a maximum estimated cost of $35,000 to purchase and install a new telephone system at various city buildings and facilities.

The council already heard a presentation from Stephen Levandusky, a Time-Warner account manager, who offered assistance. The city will meet with Frontier representatives later this week.

Mayor Dayton King said the city hasn’t decided on a company to provide the service. The city is setting the maximum cost at $35,000.