JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors has officially begun the process of closing the county landfill even though the facility still has about 60 years of site life left.
The board voted Wednesday at the County Office Building to authorize advertisement for bids from contractors for the first cell-capping project at the landfill on Mud Road in the town of Johnstown. Bids are to be received by the county no later than 2 p.m. Jan. 21.
Gloversville 4th Ward Supervisor Anthony C. Buanno, chairman of the board's Environmental Resources Committee, said the amount of the landfill that initially must be capped has increased from five to 8.5 acres.
In other business, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors authorized a $20,138 contract between the Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator's Office and Motorola Communications of Pittsfield, Mass., for county Sheriff's Department radio maintenance services.
The contract is effective for all of 2009. A separate 2009 contract was approved between the county and Pittsfield Communications of Pittsfield, Mass., for the following radio maintenance services: fire - $14,938; emergency medical services - $6,184; highway - $4,818; solid waste - $2,076; and social services - $670.
The board also approved an amended resolution decreasing the amount of money the county Public Health Department receives from the state in Early Intervention Administration grant funds.
A prior resolution specified receipt of $37,880 in funds, but Public Health Director Denise Frederick was notified the county will only receive $35,316 for 2008-09.