Council eyes new DPW worker

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council has a number of items on the agenda to be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, including authorizing the Department of Public Works director to hire a laborer to address blight throughout the city.

The city Blight Committee previously presented its final report to the Common Council suggesting the city hire a new DPW worker to tackle issues of blight in the city

Second Ward Councilman Arthur Simonds previously presented a resolution to hire a laborer who would perform exterior maintenance on city- and county-owned properties, including unmaintained homes and businesses seized through nonpayment of taxes.

However, in November the Common Council voted 4-3 against adding a DPW employee whose job would be to help reduce blight by maintaining properties owned by the city and county.

Simonds, Ward 3 Councilman Stephen Mahoney and Councilman-At-Large James Robinson voted to create the position. First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth, Ward 4 Councilwoman Ellen Anadio, Ward 6 Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski and Ward 5 Councilman Jay Zarrelli voted against the position.

Simonds previously said most of the calls he receives from residents of the city are about blight, and until the city makes a move to address the issue, it will still be the primary purpose of their calls.

Mayor Dayton King said Saturday he believes there will be enough votes on the council for the position to be passed this time around.

“I think we got the votes to put this forward,” King said. “The city needs to get cleaned up, and obviously we want to be careful about how we spend money, but if we can have an employee dedicated to this, we can clean our city up. We are trying to cite private homeowners or landlords for issues, and I think we need to do our part as well.”

In other meeting business:

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen is scheduled to discuss a number of services the city may look to utilize, including community text alerts, a child identification system and a potential grant for new body armor.

DPW Director Kevin Jones is scheduled to provide an update on the status of various Environmental Restoration Projects, including Independent Leather, Pan American Leather and Risedorph Leather. He also is scheduled to provide an update on the Hill Street Bridge project.

Wentworth is on the agenda to speak about the potential sale of the Independent Leather site and to continue discussions about the possible change to a council manager form of government.

The council also plans to vote on two resolutions connected to the zoning change of Antonucci’s Wholesale Fruits, Produce and Seafood on South Main Street from residential to commercial for a future expansion.

The city Planning Board has recommended the Common Council approve the change. However, the site plans for the expansion are still being considered by the city planners.