County looks at A/C, doors

Applying for grant to address issues with county office building

JOHNSTOWN –The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday took action on two matters involving the County Office Building, including seeking a grant for an air conditioning project.

Supervisors authorized a $250,000 grant application through the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District for the massive county building encompassing West Main and North William streets.

The MVEDD has announced the availability of the 2017 Clean Energy Community Grant process for public infrastructure projects.

County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost is applying for an air conditioning project grant.

Also on Monday, the board authorized installation of a security door for the County Office Building’s second floor.

The approved resolution noted the county has a 2016-17 contract with the state Unified Court System identifying a project for a second floor secure access door. County officials also desire adding “Employee Only”: doors to the rear of the building.

Total cost for the door projects, including $5,000 for additional electrical components, comes to $15,000.

“You’ve got to be kidding,” said Johnstown 3rd Ward Councilman Jack Callery, who took exception to cost. “We’re not Fort Knox here.”

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead responded, “It’s not just the door, it’s the whole wall.”

In other business:

∫ The board authorized a pre-application to the Federal Aviation Administration for design of the Fulton County Airport’s runway and taxiway lighting capital project. Total project cost is expected to be $100,000 — $90,000 from the FAA; $5,000 from a state share; and $5,000 from a county share.

∫ Supervisors set a public hearing for 2 p.m. March 13 at the County Office Building on the eight-year review of Fulton County’s sole agricultural district.

∫ A $15,000 amendment to the county’s existing $139,480 contract with DCG Consulting LLC for additional marketing services as a component of the county’s marketing campaign was approved. The board also amended a contract with Gramercy Communications LLC at a rate of $3,500 per month, not to exceed $42,000. That contract is for public relations for Fulton County.

∫ The board also set a public hearing for 2 p.m. March 13 at the County Office Building to transfer certain property to the Fulmont College Association for development of student housing.

∫ It was noted during committee reports that Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young was recently named chairman of the Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks.

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

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