Mini-golf event putts $12K toward Johnstown Library

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Public Library’s recent annual fundraiser was its most successful yet, raising more than $12,000.

Fourth Ward Councilman Edwin Queeney III gave a report on the April 26 Johnstown Classic mini-golf event during the Common Council meeting last week at City Hall.

Queeney said the fundraiser was the “most successful yet,” raising $12,016 for library programs.

The event featured an 18-hole miniature golf course built within the library stacks, about 70 book-themed baskets for raffle, food for sale and musical entertainment.

Elsewhere in his report, Queeney noted the library’s annual Summer Program will run from June 30 to Aug. 8. A bake sale will kick off the program from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 30.

Queeney also noted the library’s summer hours are now in effect: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.

In other business:

Mayor Michael Julius appointed new firefighters Justin Sanford of Broadalbin and John Roth of North Perry Street.

First Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata reported the police department had 1,875 calls for service in May, making 75 arrests, issuing 43 parking tickets and investigating 38 traffic accidents. She said Lt. David Gilbo gave a presentation on Internet safety to Johnstown High School students.

In May, the city fire department had 58 calls for service, which included four structure fires.

Second Ward Councilwoman Kathi Iannotti reported Anjo Construction LTD of Latham still has about 280 water customers who need their water meters replaced by new remote units. She said the situation involves quite a few absentee landlords. She said the city Water Board may have water shut off on certain properties if they can’t gain access.

Queeney said letters went out to city residents on the upcoming revaluation project, which has included workshops. The Common Council in April approved a $220,000 contract with appraisal firm GAR Associates Inc. of Amherst, Erie County, to do a revaluation of the city’s 3,663 parcels. The city is borrowing over several years to finance the project.

City Engineer Chandra Cotter said she is preparing a memo for the council on the status of the Chase Street and Miller Street bridges. She said the Chase Street Bridge now has been reduced to a three-ton rating and within one to two years may be closed.

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