County looks to create ‘T’ intersection at County Highways 107 and 158

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency board on Tuesday authorized transferring ownership of a two-acre piece of agency-owned land in the Tryon Technology Park to Fulton County for a highway project.

IDA Executive Director James Mraz told the board at the Fort Johnstown Annex that the intersection of County Highways 107 and 158 in the town of Perth is not a “T” intersection, but the county wants to turn it into one.

“Technically, it’s part of the park, which is why we have to deed it over to the county,” Mraz said Thursday. “The intersection is not where it should be right now.”

The site plan for Tryon identified reconstructing the 107/158 intersection to be a “T” intersection to better accommodate vehicles using the intersection. Last August, the IDA board expressed its willingness to donate to the county the land needed to allow for this reconstruction project to be completed.

Mraz said the county’s Highway and Facilities Department is now preparing to start work reconfiguring the intersection into a “T” intersection to improve traffic safety. He said the intersection was never deeded to the county in the past because Tryon land had been owned by the state for many decades.

He said Highway and Facilities Superintendent Mark Yost thought it a “good idea” anyway to reconstruct the intersection, but it is a better idea with traffic expected to increase with the park as it grows.

A survey has been completed and will be provided to County Attorney Jason Brott to prepare a deed to transfer ownership of the parcel over to Fulton County.

In other IDA action Tuesday:

∫ Board Chairman Dave D’Amore was authorized to sign an $8,934 agreement with Evergreen Landscaping to provide 2019 lawn mowing services at Tryon. The company had the lowest of two quotes received from four sought. The IDA paid $10,700 for lawn mowing in 2018.

∫ Mraz reported on a situation involving state government legislation that could impact IDAs across the state. He said proposed state legislation to mandate New York state prevailing wages on IDA projects was excluded from the new state budget. The Fulton County IDA had sent letters to various state officials and state senators expressing opposition to the proposed bill to mandate prevailing wages on private sector projects receiving IDA benefits.

He said the New York State Economic Development Council — along with 50 other organizations — also expressed opposition to the proposed bill.

But Mraz said IDAs may not have seen the last of the proposal, even if it’s not in the state budget.

“It could always be dealt with by the legislature in a separate legislation,” he said. “Everybody in New York state is keeping an eye on it.”

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

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