County highway department funds low

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Highway Department will run out of funds to purchase fuel for the widely-used county fuel depot by mid-September.

But county Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost last week proposed a transfer of nearly $130,000 to keep fuel pumping. The Fulton County Fuel Depot on Route 29 is used by several area entities, including municipalities and school districts.

Yost told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee the depot is having a cash flow issue because not enough was budgeted for 2018. He said the Highway Department will run out of funding to purchase fuel by mid-September. But he said much of the shortfall will eventually be made up by “revenue coming back” to the county.

The county budgeted $329,000 for 2018 and is on target to spend $458,000, Yost said.

He said unleaded gasoline was budgeted by the county for 2018 at $1.60 per gallon and diesel at $1.90 a gallon. Current pricing for unleaded is $2.25 a gallon and diesel is $2.35 a gallon, Yost said.

Yost requested transfer of $129,250 within accounts to keep the fuel depot solvent. He said the county estimates it needs about 55,000 gallons of fuel, at a cost of $63,250 for unleaded and $66,000 for diesel.

He told supervisors he has proposed an estimated $2.30 per gallon for unleaded and $2.40 for diesel for all of 2019.

“I don’t want to have the same problem next year,” Yost said.

In other highways and facilities business:

∫ The committee approved Yost’s request to authorize the bidding process for waste removal at the County Jail. The county’s current contract with County Waste & Recycling Service Inc. expires Dec. 31. The full Board of Supervisors is due to approve bidding on Monday, with the board awarding a contract on Nov. 13.

∫ Yost told supervisors the massage therapist business utilizing the airport’s separate building is four months behind on rent to the county. He said he will look at the business’ lease and options.

“I wanted you to be aware of it,’ Yost told the committee.

∫ The committee approved three proposed resolutions to extend contracts through 2019 with Brezzy Cleaning Service for custodial services at the County Office Building ($78,412), Department of Social Service’s Cooper Building ($34,800), and Fulton County Complex I and II ($38,400).

“Based on their successful service to date, we would like to extend that one year,” Yost said.

A separate resolution will also be considered Monday authorizing the bidding process for janitorial services at the Fort Johnstown Annex and Office For Aging/Youth building.

∫ Supervisors passed a proposed resolution to extend a uniform service contract with Century Linen & Uniform for 2019.

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

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