Johnstown tables study of creeks

JOHNSTOWN – The Common Council on Monday night resolved one water-related services contract, but tabled another for future consideration.

The council voted at City Hall to contract with Arcadis-US of Clifton Park at a cost not to exceed $39,800 for semi-annual groundwater and surface water monitoring sampling. The consultant’s work is ongoing as part of the city’s Post-Closure Monitoring Plan for the former city landfill property on West Fulton Street Extension in the town.

“This is in the budget,” city Engineer Chandra Cotter said of the Arcadis-US contract cost.

The city has been pushing for reduced environmental sampling at the closed landfill. The landfill was closed about 28 years ago, but the city still is required by the state to monitor the facility. The city has worked with Arcadis-US on monitoring and submits reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Cotter told the council Monday night that DEC has helped the city to reduce the scope of its sampling, but some monitoring remains required. She said the amount of wells was reduced from 32 to about half that number.

In another water matter before the city, the council tabled a proposed resolution to hire engineering firm Greenman Pedersen Inc. of Albany at $66,650. The company would have provided the city with professional services to conduct a hydrologic and hydraulic study of Comrie Creek, Hale Creek, Hall Creek, Caleb Creek and their watersheds, in addition to a study of the drainage issues on Glebe Street and East Fourth Avenue.

Flooding has been reported in the Comrie Creek area over the years, and city officials hope to gain some engineering expertise from a firm to address future issues.

Greenman Pedersen Inc.’s proposal was one of three received by the city when proposals were opened May 23. The lowest proposal was from Barton & Loguidice at $41,000 and the highest proposal was from Erdman Anthony at $108,860.

Following the meeting, Mayor Michael Julius said city officials merely want more information before hiring an engineering firm.

“We pulled it,” the mayor said. “We need further discussion. We want a better handle on it.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.