Waterline extension still null

Resolution must be brought by Dec. 31

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County officials this week discussed an unresolved issue from September involving which of the two Glove Cities the county will explore doing a waterline extension project with.

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 — the Gloversville resolution to approve a $3,500 agreement with Environmental Design Partnership of Clifton Park.

That tabled resolution remained on the board’s agenda Monday at the County Office Building for the third consecutive month. The resolution requests a contract with Environmental Design Partnership “to prepare cost estimates for extension of waterlines” from Gloversville to Fulton County Water District No. 1.

Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan on Monday asked about the tabled resolution, which no supervisor has brought to the floor for a vote.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said if the resolution isn’t brought to the floor by Dec 31, it “dies.” The board’s next meeting is at 1 p.m. Dec. 28, at the County Office Building. But Stead said the county continues to endeavor behind the scenes to determine if Johnstown will replace Gloversville on the waterline extension.

“We’re working on it,” Stead said. “We are making progress with the city [of Johnstown], but it’s not complete just yet.”

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 also said months ago that Johnstown expressed no interest in such an agreement.

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