Renovation project bids in the process

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Department is awaiting bid openings next month for the extensive County Office Building renovation project pending this year in downtown Johnstown.

County Planning Director Scott Henze noted Tuesday that potential bidders received specifications for bids, which were authorized in December by the county Board of Supervisors.

“It is out there,” Henze stated. “We sent it to various plan houses.”

Henze said that among the potential bidders is Bast Hatfield Construction LLC of Clifton Park, which picked up a set of specifications.

Bids are due to be opened March 14 by Fulton County for the County Office Building renovation. A construction contract is due to be awarded April 8. A late summer, early fall construction completion date is anticipated, possibly by Labor Day, officials say.

Fulton County’s 2017 capital plan contained a $500,000 appropriation for the renovation project. Fulton County previously received a $450,000 State and Municipal Facilities Program Grant through former state Sen. Hugh T. Farley.

The board last Sept. 11 contracted for $20,000 with local engineer Steven E. Smith for design services.

Henze said Tuesday he didn’t want to estimate the final cost of the project, adding: “We’re hoping low.”

The County Office Building renovation at West Main and North William streets is expected to include this work:

Construction of a new handicap Main Street entrance to the office building, replacement of existing handicap ramp off North William Street entrance to the office building, replacing all existing sidewalks along North William and West Main streets and all sidewalks to entrances to the office building, construction of a new historical trail with historical markers in space adjacent to the Fulton County Courthouse.

Installation of new exterior signage along North William and West Main streets, installation of new landscaping, reconstruction of the parking lot, cleaning of limestone on the office building, paint wood trim on the historic courthouse, refinish exterior doors to the front entrance to the courthouse, and replacement of a broken window pane.

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