Capital plan gets nod from county

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday accepted a three-year county capital plan, including an $11.8 million plan for 2018.

Action on the board’s 2018-20 capital plan followed a public hearing at the County Office Building in which no one spoke.

For 2018, the plan totals $11.8 million. County taxpayers’ share would be $5.46 million. Offsetting revenue of roughly $6.35 million would pay for the rest of the plan.

About $2.3 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 $600,000 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.

Some of the major 2018 capital expenditures are 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.

Other 2018 capital projects include a $650,000 project at the County Office Building complex, which encompasses 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. Titled the “New Neighborhood” project, it involves surveillance and intelligence gathering tools for the district attorney and police.

The county’s Information Services Department has 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 $859,022 VHF analog simulcast system is going to the county Civil Defense Department.

For the Department of Solid Waste, a pair of vehicles costing $375,000 each are among projects.

The county Highway Department will do $1.6 million worth of capital paving work in 2018. That includes 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