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Facility cut from county capital plan

Project to be considered next year

August 29, 2010
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - A proposed $100,000 centralized Fulton County government records storage facility was removed by supervisors Wednesday from the county's 2011 capital plan and scheduled for consideration in 2012.

The facility - requested by County Clerk William Eschler to be located at the Fort Johnstown Annex - was one of several 2011 cuts made by the Board of Supervisors' Capital Projects Committee. Supervisors cited a very tight county budget year for 2011.

"Five years ago this would have been a decent project, " county Administrative Officer Jon Stead said of the records storage facility.

Eschler wants to consolidate many of the records scattered across different county facilities into one building. He said Friday he understands the financial situation the county is in.

"With the way things are, these projects are going to be put on the back burner," Eschler said.

In other committee cuts, supervisors decided to cut Sheriff Thomas J. Lorey's 2011 request for two patrol cars costing $58,000 down to one car costing $29,000.

The committee deleted a $26,000 midsize vehicle planned in 2011 for the Department of Solid Waste from the plan.

Stead said he thought the county Sanitary Landfill is better served anyway through a van or pickup truck to "do work."

"I just happen to feel there's no need for a sedan or a compact car at solid waste," Stead said. "To me, it doesn't make sense."

The committee also cut a $45,000 side slope mower for the landfill out of the capital plan.

Supervisors left in the 2011 capital plan a proposed $47,500 boiler upgrade project for the County Office Building. But financing for it was moved from the property tax levy to capital reserves, which is funded by national tobacco settlement money.

Also shifted from the levy to capital reserves were a $38,218 county PC-printer upgrade plan, $16,474 sever upgrade plan and a $240,000 Fonda Bypass Arterial Highway project.

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



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