County owns Tryon access road

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County officials recently accepted county ownership of the access road at the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center and designated it new County Highway 117.

The Board of Supervisors took action on the 1.1-mile road by passing a resolution at the County Office Building.

The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency previously authorized deeding the access road over to the county. The IDA and county are working together to develop the park, with Jablonski Excavating of St. Johnsville recently making infrastructure improvements.

“Construction improvements to the facility will result in a new road that will provide direct access from County Road 107 to shovel-ready sites in the Tryon technology park,” the resolution states.

In other business Monday:

The board appointed William Simpson of Ephratah to the Fulton County Planning Board, and Travis Mitchell of Broadalbin to the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth board of directors.

Supervisors authorized an application to the state for “I Love New York” Tourism Promotions Matching Grant funds for 2015. The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce will submit a $3.8 million application, with a projected local Fulton County match of $190,750, for the county’s 2014-15 tourism and promotion programs.

The board supported repeal of the state’s Scaffold Law, which was enacted in 1885. The resolution stated that at that time, the “purpose of the law was to promote worker safety for construction workers at a time when modern safety equipment and scaffolding techniques did not exist.”

“Personally, I’d like to wait,” said Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young, who desired more information.

Young filed the only objection.

Two resolutions passed authorizing separate contracts between the county Department of Solid Waste and Barton & Loguidice of Liverpool, Onondaga County, for environmental monitoring and permit requirement services. The landfill monitoring contract is for 2015-17, at $11,400 per year. The $7,000 permit contract involves the filing of engineering reports for the fourth phase of a landfill expansion project.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at