Public hearing set for county capital plan

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday set a public hearing for Nov. 13 on the county’s proposed 2018-20 capital plan.

Supervisors set the hearing for 1:45 p.m. that day in the second floor Supervisors’ Chambers at the County Office Building.

The 2018 part of the proposed three-year plan will eventually become part of the 2018 county budget, which will be adopted in late November or December. The board’s Budget Review Committee met this week on the budget and will meet again at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the County Office Building.

As it stands today, the proposed 2018 county capital plan would cost $11.8 million. The county taxpayers’ share would be $5.46 million. Offsetting revenue of roughly $6.35 million would pay for the rest of the plan.

Some of the major 2018 capital expenditures would be a $1 million airfield lighting project for the Fulton County Airport on Route 67, which will mostly be paid for by the federal government. The county would pay $50,000 toward the project.

About $3.5 million is set aside in the plan for county economic development projects. Of that, $1.3 million is set aside for a Smart Waters sewer collection and treatment system for the Vail Mills area of the town of Mayfield. Another $800,000 would be dedicated to a sewer project for the Hale Mills Road Extension development area. An additional $300,000 would go toward a sewer project involving the village of Mayfield.

Other proposed capital projects include a $650,000 project at the County Office Building, which encompasses a block area of West Main and North William streets in Johnstown. That project will entail central air conditioning, and LED lighting.

A $75,000 project run through the office of county District Attorney Chad Brown is contained in the plan. It is titled the “New Neighborhood” project and involves surveillance and intelligence gathering tools for the district attorney and area police.

The county’s Information Services Department will be the beneficiary of a $38,168 PC upgrade project, as well as $39,000 document management system and $27,000 server project.

Fulton-Montgomery Community College has two large projects in the plan. They are: $1 million for campus labs and classroom renovation, and $2.1 million for bathrooms and locker rooms construction.

An $859,000 VHF analog simulcast system is proposed for the county Civil Defense Department.

For the Department of Solid Waste, a pair of vehicles cost $375,000 each and highlight its requests.

The county Highway Department would be doing about $1.6 million worth of capital paving work in 2018, including paving of: County Highway 125 in the town of Bleecker, County Highway 152 in the town of Northampton, and County Highway 137 in the town of Caroga.

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