County continues building lease

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is proposing continuing its ongoing contract through 2018 with St. Mary’s Healthcare for rental of a county annex building in Gloversville.

The Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds/Highway Committee on Monday authorized continuation of the lease, for which the county will be compensated $100,509 for 2018. The full board will consider the agreement, which includes an option for 2019, at its March 12 meeting.

County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost recommended lease continuation with the committee at the County Office Building.

He said he came to supervisors in October, but some language of the new agreement was still being worked out.

“I kind of want to get this contract signed,” Yost stated.

Services provided by the former county-run Mental Health Clinic at the county annex at 57 E. Fulton St. in Gloversville were transitioned to the private Amsterdam-based St. Mary’s Healthcare on Dec. 31, 2011. But St. Mary’s wished to maintain its clinic and use part of the county building, cementing an ongoing rental agreement since with the county.

Elsewhere in Yost’s monthly report to the committee:

∫Supervisors passed a proposed resolution authorizing the Highways and Facilities Department to do an $8,600 project for Surrogates Court offices of the state Unified Court System.

“I’m recommending we do this work prior to the end of the New York state fiscal year, which is the end of March,” Yost said.

He said the Unified Court System desires removal of existing filing systems in Surrogate Court and replaced with a more efficient and safer filing system. The court system is reimbursing the county.

∫The committee approved a proposed resolution amending the county’s 2018 adopted facilities budget.

“I need to increase my revenue from the state, which is $10,000,” Yost said.

∫In his operations report, Yost noted his crews are handling normal snow and ice removal operations. Highway staff is also involved in: tree and brush removal, sign maintenance and replacement, patching potholes, cleaning ice from roads from runoff, fixing washouts from heavy rain and open plugged culverts, and cleaning off bridges.

Facilities staff: helped move the county historian to the county Office for Aging/Youth building, ran fiber cable for 911, did paper deliveries, and moved office furniture around in the civil office.

The county also used the city of Johnstown’s excavator to unplug a culvert on County Highway 106.

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