Johnstown Independent

$2.5 million in area road projects could start in '15


A plan that was formulated months ago was officially approved Aug. 19, when Johnstown Village Council passed an ordinance bonding $2.5 million for a streets and sidewalks project.

The village will issue bonds to cover work throughout the city, including a range of repairs, from crack sealing to full renovations of streets.

The 17-year bonds will be dated Sept. 1, 2015, at 6 percent interest per year. The village will pay back the bonds through its capital-improvement fund over that period of time.

Major projects will occur on Bigelow Drive, South Kasson Street and Jersey Street, as well as a full resurfacing of Concord Road. However, no timeline has been set for any of them.

The projects are a result of roads research conducted recently by consulting firm CH2M Hill. The result originally was a $3.4 million plan that was reduced by about $1 million and reprioritized.

Residents won't see the effects of the plans for some time, and major reconstruction could be a year away.

Village Manager Jim Lenner said bids for the projects should start to come in around February 2015.

Council voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance. Sheryl Robertson abstained because her stepson was involved in the agreement, and Bill Van Gundy was absent.

In other village matters:

The Johnstown Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 20 voted to award a certificate of appropriateness to Apeks LLC as the first official step in bringing the company into Johnstown's industrial park.

No residents attended the meeting.

Zoning inspector Jim Blair said he's happy to have Apeks heading to the industrial park and is pleased to learn more about the business.

"I know some people may have had a misunderstanding of the business," Blair said. "I was kind of sucked into those rumors as well, at one point."