Johnstown shows interest in extending waterline to Route 67

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Tuesday may bring back a tabled resolution to obtain cost estimates for a waterline project, but which of the Glove Cities becomes involved is still unknown.

The Board of Supervisors in September 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 showed interest. The board was prepared to pass – but ended up tabling – a resolution to approve a $3,500 agreement with Environmental Design Partnership of Clifton Park.

Since that meeting, Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson acknowledged his city is now interested, and wanted to set up a meeting with the county.

Fulton County desires to increase the numbers of customers using water from its Route 67 waterline. The county wants to also decrease costs 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 has been exploring options to extend Gloversville water to county Water District No. 1 on Route 67. County officials previously said Johnstown expressed no interest in such an agreement.

September’s tabled resolution is now on the agenda for the next Board of Supervisors meeting. That session starts at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the County Office Building.

It states: “Resolution authorizing a contract with Environmental Design Partnership to prepare cost estimates for extension of water lines from the city of Gloversville to Fulton County Water District No. 1.”

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Friday he told supervisors last month that the original tabled resolution can be brought up if desired by a supervisor in “old business” on Tuesday.

“There’s no change in status whatsoever,” Stead said.

He said September’s tabled resolution involving Gloversville “stays on the board agenda” unless acted on. He said it is, in effect, “on the shelf” and subject to whichever supervisor wants to bring it up.

Meanwhile, Stead said the county has tried unsuccessfully to meet with the city of Johnstown regarding extension of water lines.

“We’re trying to get a meeting set,” the county official said.

Jackson couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.

In other county board business Tuesday:

*Supervisors will consider authorizing a change order for an exterior renovation project at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

*The board will issue a proclamation declaring October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Fulton County.”

*Purchase of software for installation with a Telehealth station at the county Public Health Department on Route 29 is on the agenda. Acceptance of grant funds to offset department expenses for the Telehealth pilot initiative is also on the agenda.

*The board will consider accepting the county’s 2018-20 capital plan and setting a date for a public hearing.

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

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