Waterline extension lingers at a standstill

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead leads the Board of Supervisors through approval of resolutions at the board meeting Tuesday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. County Attorney Jason Brott is at the far right and board Chairman Mike Kinowski is in the center. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday decide not to act on a tabled resolution to hire a firm to do cost estimates for a waterline project from Gloversville to the county water district.

Instead, the county will first look at what the county’s other city has to offer.

“We are meeting again with the city of Johnstown,” board Chairman Michael Kinowski announced at the board’s meeting at the County Office Building.

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, the city of Johnstown has expressed interest and wants 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.

In another waterline matter, the board in a late resolution authorized two change orders and authorized the closing out of a contract with R.B. Robinson Contracting of Candor, Tioga County. The contract relates to the Hales Mills Road Extension waterline project contained in the county’s 2017 capital plan.

“This is a good-sized project for our Hales Mills development area,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Stead said the resolution approved Tuesday allows the county to “get moving” on a request for grant funds.

The resolution adjusts the contract for R.B. Robinson to a final amount of $662,140 for the waterline project.

The county, working with the contractor, has been doing construction for the Hales Mills Road Extension waterline project. The project involves installation of 6,075 linear feet of a new 12-inch water main, hydrants, valves and borings under Route 29.

Officials are hoping the waterline will be the beginning of game changing Jump Start: Fulton County initiative to spur much development for a new area of the county.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on March 13 established the county’s second water district, which will serve the Hales Mills Road Extension area from the city of Gloversville to the town of Johnstown.

County officials hope to attract new housing, commercial and retail ventures, and grow the tax base while creating jobs and improving quality of life. The county is trying to establish public water services along the road to build on retail development begun a few years ago with the nearby Gloversville Walmart Supercenter on South Kingsboro Avenue Extension.

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