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Committee OKs winter maintenance contracts

July 3, 2010
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors' Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee Monday thought ahead to the winter, considering various snow, ice control and winter maintenance contracts that will go into effect later this year.

The committee voted at the County Office Building to authorize the board chairman to sign an annual $4,000 agreement with the town of Bleecker for winter maintenance of the road leading to the county's communication tower.

County Highways and Facilities Superintendent Mark Yost said his department usually enters into a contract with Bleecker for plowing and sanding. He said the road Bleecker maintains is 0.80 miles in length and the reimbursement rate will be the same as the 2009 county contracts with other towns for winter maintenance.

In other business, the committee designated 144 miles of county roads for snow and ice control during the 2010-11 winter. Roads designated include 14.7 miles of County Highway 107 in three towns, 11.5 miles of County Highway 119 in two towns, 8.8 miles of County Highway 112 in two towns and 6.1 miles of County Highway 123 in two towns.

Supervisors also approved a proposed resolution to authorize $330,900 worth of 2010-11 agreements with 10 municipalities - nine towns and one city - for snow and ice control on certain designated county roads. The county pays the municipalities $5,000 per centerline mile for 66.2 miles of county roads.

Participating municipalities and their mileage and contract amounts follow: Bleecker, 2.15 miles - $10,750; Broadalbin, 14.43 miles - $72,150; Caroga, 5.15 miles - $25,750; Ephratah, 7.70 miles $38,500; Johnstown, 7.59 miles - $37,950; Mayfield, 5.91 miles $29,550; Northampton, 9.69 miles - $19,750; Perth, 3.95 miles - $19,750; Stratford, 8.96 miles - $44,800; city of Johnstown, 0.65 miles - $3,250.

Yost requested and received committee approval to amend the 2010 county highway budget to reflect $4,843 in additional Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funding announced June 4 by the state. The county received $864,903 in CHIPs funding for 2010-11.

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



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