$100K demo work approved

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors last week approved over $100,000 in private contract demolition work for a Rensselaer County firm, but why the Fulton County Demolition Team wasn’t used was raised.

The board awarded a $100,200 low bid to Dan’s Hauling and Demo of Wynantskill, for work at the at the Tryon Technology Park in Perth.

The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency owns the park, but the county assists with infrastructure improvements at the site.

The county’s 2017 Capital Plan includes appropriations to demolish obsolete buildings.

Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr. felt the in-house Fulton County Demolition Team – based at the county landfill – should be able to handle the scheduled private work. The team has already razed some Tryon buildings.

“I just don’t know why we can’t do this,” Lauria stated.

Lauria said he was a “little troubled” by using an outside vendor at Tryon.

The bid from Dan’s Hauling and Demo was one of five received by the county.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said all the firms were ones landfill consultant Jeff Bouchard was “familiar with.”

The resolution indicated the Tryon project is a “county-sponsored project to promote community economic development and growth.” Tipping fees at the landfill for the demolition debris is being waived.

Stead said the county’s demolition team has “fallen behind” in some work by taking on jobs at Tryon and with razing buildings in Gloversville for Operation Green Scene. He said the town is also slated to work on other town projects, such as in the town of Perth. But he predicted the county won’t always rely on private firms for sites like Tryon.

“I don’t think this is a wave of the future,” Stead said.

Stead said international site selectors visiting Fulton County last year recommended cleaning up Tryon. He said upcoming work planned by Dan’s Hauling and Demo will complete an area to the right of the main drive-in area of Tryon. He said there is asbestos at the buildings.

“That’s got to be taken out and handled,” Stead said. “That has to be remediated ahead of time.”

Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born said some complain the demolition team is at Tryon too much, while Gloversville buildings are “falling down.”

“It’s hard to explain that we have to do the Tryon facility,” Born said.

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