City, town eye restart to meetings

JOHNSTOWN – Officials from the Johnstown Town Board and the Gloversville Common Council may start meeting again to discuss matters that involve the two municipalities.

During Monday’s board meeting, the Town Board put members Beth Schloicka and Walter Lane in charge of a committee to open up dialogue between themselves and officials from Gloversville. Both Schloicka and Lane represented the town in past meetings with the city.

According to Supervisor Nancy MacVean, she received a message from James Robinson, Gloversville’s councilman-at-large, who is seeking to boost communication between Gloversville and the town.

Robinson said he wants to discuss the revenue sharing agreement between the town and Gloversville, as well as any other topics that involve the two municipalities.

The two municipalities had talked before about joint issues, but Robinson was interested in starting again.

Robinson said the two groups last met in January and wished to get back to work.

“We are just trying to keep the doors open,” Robinson said.

Lane said there was just a gap between meetings.

No meetings were scheduled Monday.

The two municipalities are working together on the Hales Mills sewer district, first discussed in an August 2013 meeting.

The rough boundaries of the project include land along Route 67, land east of the existing water district along Route 29, Hales Mills Road, the intersection of Route 30A, southeast along Steele Avenue and eastward along Route 349.

No work has begun on the district, MacVean said, because the city has declined to put in sewer lines until businesses are already there.

Robinson said the sewer district may be brought up in their meetings.

Development issues around the Walmart Supercenter also could be discussed.

Both Gloversville and Johnstown have a Cooperative Development Agreement. Signed in December 2010, the agreement regards “covered property” near the new Walmart Supercenter in Gloversville. The development team is responsible for reviewing proposed development and determining services the city would provide to the site.

The development team also was set up to work with the owner and any potential developer of the property around Walmart to identify the potential sales tax, property-tax revenues and other municipal revenue to be generated from development of the property and the cost of providing services, according to the agreement.