Supervisors ok infrastructure work bids

The Fulton County Office Building and the adjoined County Courthouse in Johnstown, due for renovations this summer, are pictured Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved $1.8 million in bids for two large infrastructure projects the county is doing this year.

The board awarded a $380,000 bid to R&B Construction of Amsterdam for the County Office Building renovation project. The project is in the county’s 2017 capital plan.

Supervisors also approved an amendment totalling $1,000 to the $20,000 contract with Gloversville engineer Steven E. Smith for the same project.

The County Office Building renovation project this summer will be at West Main and North William streets. A late summer or early fall construction completion date is anticipated, officials say.

Some of the project work that may get done includes: 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 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, and refinish exterior doors to the front entrance to the courthouse.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approves awarding bids for the VaiL Mills sewer system project Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Potential additional tasks include: replacing additional sidewalks along West Main Street, replacing sidewalks in front of the Fulton County Office for Aging/Youth, replace basement windows, clean exterior limestone, replace damaged limestone panels, additional landscaping and signage, replace granite curb on West Main Street, repave parking lot off West Main Street, and replace retaining walls in the parking lot off West Main Street.

The board on Monday at the County Office Building also awarded a $1,405,000 bid to Bellamy Construction Co. of Schenectady for the Vail Mills sewer system project.

Additionally, a $58,000 contract was awarded to Environmental Design Partnership of Clifton Park for construction administration for the project.

Fulton County is constructing a sewer collection system to service the county’s new Sewer District No. 2. It will be a gravity system that will flow to a pump station that will be placed near the Fulton County Visitor Center. Wastewater would be pumped from there to the village of Broadalbin’s wastewater treatment plant. Constructed will be 5,000 linear feet of sewer trunk main from Broadalbin’s existing wastewater treatment plant to connect to the Route 29/30 intersection along with the construction of a wastewater pump station

In other business, the board set a public hearing regarding a HUD Community Development Block Grant application the county is filing to assist Deli Master Foods. The hearing will be conducted at 1:45 p.m. May 14 in the Supervisor’s Chambers at the County Office Building.

Deli Master Foods is trying to purchase and renovate a new building at 104 Van Road; and purchase new equipment.

Public speaker Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, told the board she was pleased the county is seeking the CDBG award.

“It’s a great opportunity to rebuild a piece of real estate here in Fulton County,” she said.

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