Video encoder purchased for jail

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday sanctioned a recent emergency purchase of a video encoder for the County Jail.

The board took action at the County Office Building on the $4,400 purchase by Sheriff Richard Giardino.

A board resolution explained an unanticipated recent breakdown of a video encoder at the county correctional facility “jeopardized the video surveillance and the continued safe operation” of the jail, requiring the encoder purchase.

The board confirmed the emergency purchase by Giardino, transferring funds from a contractual penitentiary account to a repairs account.

In other board business Tuesday at the County Office Building:

∫ Supervisors set a public hearing regarding a draft map, plan and report needed for Fulton County Sewer District No. 2 for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Supervisor’s Chambers at the County Office Building.

“This is the Vail Mills primary development area,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

The board wants to construct a sewer collection system to serve that area in the town of Mayfield, Tuesday’s resolution indicated.

The resolution added that the Board of Supervisors – acting as the Fulton County Water and Sewer Agency – is consummating an intermunicipal agreement through a SMART Waters initiative with the village of Broadalbin. The agreement is to supply public sewer collection system service to the proposed district.

∫ In a related resolution, supervisors classified the Vail Mills sewer system collection project as an unlisted action under the State Environmental Quality Review process, and that the board serve as lead agency, The Planning Department was authorized to distribute copies of an environmental assessment form and project documents to involved agencies. Agencies were given 25 days to respond to the board seeking lead agency status.

∫ County Treasurer Terry Blodgett was authorized to pay four installments of $373,955.25 each constituting the county’s annual $1.5 million sponsor share to Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The first installment was retroactive to September. Other installments are as follows: installment two – January 2018; three – March 2018; and four – June 2018.

∫ The board set the date of its 2018 organizational meeting for 10 a.m. Jan. 2 at the County Office Building.

∫ Supervisors also accepted these end-of-year reports: returned school taxes, town and city accounts, returned villages’ taxes, committee on footing of assessment rolls, committee on equalization, and committee on apportionment.

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