County stalls waterline decision

City now expressing an interest

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday table a resolution to create water lines from the city of Gloversville to Route 67 in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday table a resolution to create water lines from the city of Gloversville to Route 67 in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday tabled a resolution to prepare cost estimates to extend a waterline from the city of Gloversville to the county’s waterline on Route 67 because the city of Johnstown is now interested.

The board was prepared to pass a resolution to approve $3,500 agreement with Environmental Design Partnership of Clifton Park.

Fulton County desires to increase the numbers of customers using water from its Route 67 waterline. The county also wants to decrease the cost of water to existing waterline customers.

The county in 2015 executed an agreement with the city of Gloversville allowing the county to purchase up to 2 million gallons of water per day from Gloversville and sell anywhere in Fulton County. The county is exploring options to extend Gloversville water to county Water District No. 1 on Route 67. County officials said recently that the city of Johnstown has expressed no interest in such an agreement.

But as Monday’s resolution with Environmental Design Partnership came up for a vote, Gloversville 6th Ward Supervisor Warren Greene asked for the resolution to be withdrawn.

“Johnstown officials have reached out to us for another meeting in this [waterline] matter,’ said Greene.

Northampton Supervisor James Groff said the resolution shouldn’t be withdrawn, but rather tabled.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said if the board tabled the resolution, it would be “inactive” until a time when it might come back up on a future agenda. To withdraw the resolution means it is “off the table,” and the matter goes reverts back to the committee for future discussion.

The board ended up tabling the matter.

In another water/sewer matter, supervisors routinely approved a $14,000 contract with Environmental Design Partnership to prepare a map, plan and report on a possible county sewer district in the town of Mayfield. The district would be served by the village of Mayfield’s wastewater treatment plant. The contract is an early step toward possible creation of a new county sewer district along Route 30 in the town of Mayfield, where talk of a hotel has been discussed.

The hotel would be the site of the former Pour Jim’s Restaurant, which would be demolished.

The Pour Jim’s building on Route 30 was purchased in June 2016 by the Lanzi Brothers of Amsterdam for $46,000 at an auction.

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

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