Concrete poured for entrance of Fulton County Office Building

Concrete workers from R&B Construction LLC of Amsterdam at the Fulton County Office Building at 223 West Main St. in Johnstown on Monday.(Photo courtesy of Fulton County Planning Department)

JOHNSTOWN — Concrete was poured Monday for the new Fulton County Office Building front stairs and ramp, part of the building’s $500,000 facelift that continues this summer downtown.

R&B Construction LLC of Amsterdam poured the concrete for the major construction project, which isn’t supposed to wrap up until late summer or early fall.

“This morning at 6:30 a.m., they were out pouring the ramp,” county Planning Director Scott Henze told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee Monday at the office building.

Henze said that once the front stairs and ramp are completed, construction crews were due to work on sidewalks along West Main Street. Renovations involving limestone on the building, and more sidewalk work, is due to follow, he said.

Fulton County’s 2017 capital budget includes a $500,000 project for the County Office Building. The county received a $450,000 State and Municipal Facilities Program Grant.

Concrete equipment from R&B Construction LLC of Amsterdam in front of the Fulton County Office Building at 223 West Main St. in Johnstown on Monday. (Photo courtesy of Fulton County Planning Department)

R&B Construction began its work May 14, and the first phase involves construction of the new handicap-accessible entrance on the West Main Street side.

Henze reported to the committee that a new granite curb along west Main Street was installed.

Continuing his monthly report to the committee, Henze said the county submitted information to National Grid for the Tryon Technology Park’s primary electric upgrade project. Information was submitted on new electric service for a wastewater pump station, water booster station and elevated tank.

“We did submit a CFA for that [electric upgrade] for $100,000,” Henze said.

CFAs are Consolidated Funding Applications submitted to the Empire State Development Corp., requesting state funding for projects.

The committee also endorsed authorization for an additional five-year term to Fulton County’s fixed-based operator lease agreement at the county airport for the 195 Factory. The current lease arrangement expires Dec. 31. FBO owner William Milton didn’t request amendments for the renewal.

“We did send out correspondence to Mr. Milton asking if he was interested in renewing and he was,” Henze said.