Johnstown Village Council approved legislation last Tuesday to improve the sanitary sewer operation and finance a new police cruiser.

Johnstown Village Council approved legislation last Tuesday to improve the sanitary sewer operation and finance a new police cruiser.

During council's Aug. 19 meeting, an ordinance was passed to authorize the issuance of $650,000 in bonds for the purpose of paying part of the cost of acquiring and constructing improvements to the sanitary sewer collection and treatment system.

Village manager Sarah Phillips said the bonds will help finance upgrades to the lift station near the bridge over Raccoon Creek, combining three lift stations into one.

Council also approved the issuance of $29,243 in bonds to pay for part of the cost of acquiring a new police cruiser.

Phillips said the village was supposed to be notified 30 days prior to the delivery of the vehicle, but wasn't.

"It came and they let us keep it," she said. The ordinance for the vehicle was approved by emergency, since the cruiser is already in use.

Council member David Keck asked if the village has motorcycles for the police department.

Phillips said the department has bicycles that are used for special events.

"If the auxiliary needs some hours, they may do some riding in neighborhoods and talk to the kids," she said.

Phillips said the village hasn't investigated the use of motorcycles, but police departments all over are trying to find ways to save fuel.

In council discussion, Leafy Dell resident Jennifer Roberts asked when additional "no parking" signs would be posted and Phillips said she would check on the situation.

Roberts also expressed concern about speeding in the subdivision.

"There are quite a few kids and the average speed is 45 miles per hour," she said. "It should be 25."

In general, Phillips said, people don't like a lot of signs in their neighborhood.

"Typically, a subdivision has one or two speed limit signs," she said. There's a speed trailer on Jersey Street, and we have the ability to move it to other areas. A lot of times, it deters people from speeding."

Adding more speed limit signs won't slow people down, according to Phillips.

"We can beef up patrol," however, she said.

Resident JoAnn Smith questioned village regulations for yard sales.

Smith said she has been trying to clean up her property, and has had numerous sales during the summer.

"I was told by the zoning officer that I can't have another sale until Swappers," she said.

Phillips said Smith's neighbors complained, and residents can't continually host yard sales.

"You can't have a business at a residence," she said. "You can't have a habitual sale in your yard. If you're constantly selling stuff, it's a business."

Smith, who admitted she's a "pack rat," said she's working to get her residence cleaned up. But the harder she tries, the more road blocks she encounters.

"Johnstown has always been a yard sale town," she said.

Keck said most people host a yard sale to spring clean, and they reduce prices or give items away that don't sell.

"What's left, you can take to Goodwill," he said. "There's a point when people say, 'This isn't going to sell.' It's just a suggestion."

Resident Joe Ethier thanked council for the opportunity to serve on the Charter Review Commission.

He also questioned the progress on the new Kroger development.

"They're waiting on final environmental approval," Phillip said. "Hopefully, that will be soon."

In other discussion, Phillips said flu shots will be offered at the Johnstown Village Chambers from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10.

Shots are free for those with Medicare or Medicaid and $20 for all others.