Fulton County seeking grant

Would help fund energy-efficient upgrades to office

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is seeking a $250,000 federal grant to help fund part of $600,000 in energy improvements at the County Office Building.

“Its been in the capital plan for some time,” county Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost said Tuesday. “I want to bring fresh air into the building. It’s nothing extravagant.”

Yost said the County Office Building on West Main Street has numerous air conditioners going during the summer and is not energy-efficient at all.

The Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee on Monday approved a proposed resolution to authorize the signing of a utility service agreement with prime contractor National Grid for energy-saving facility improvements. The full board will consider approval March 13.

A Feb. 13 resolution approved by the board authorized Yost to pursue a Clean Energy Community Grant through the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District.

Yost told the committee Monday that National Grid provides energy conversion, management, and building-related capital improvement services to reduce utility and operating costs by sourcing improvements to SmartWatt Energy Inc. of Ballston Lake, Saratoga County.

Under the new agreement, Yost said SmartWatt Energy will furnish all labor, materials and equipment and perform all work.

SmartWatt is projecting a $662,351 project at the early 1960s-era County Office Building, which includes central cooling and LED lighting. After a projected $39,750 rebate, the actual cost is expected to be $622,601.

According to a proposal from SmartWatt, the Fulton County Office Building has no central cooling for spaces of the building resulting in subpar cooling, wasted energy, increased labor and replacement costs, and humidity control issues resulting in plaster problems.

Currently, the County Office Building utilizes 70 window-mounted A/C units which are physically installed, removed and maintained by maintenance personnel each year. SmartWatt is recommending a high velocity, small-ducted system for the building to provide a central cooling system.

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