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Department plans sale of items

October 3, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Department of Solid Waste will sell eight items to the public, mostly vehicles, that the county obtained over the years through the federal Government Surplus Program.

The Board of Supervisors' Economic Development and Environment Committee last week approved a proposed resolution authorizing bids for the surplus equipment that is no longer used by the county. The full board will consider final approval Tuesday.

Department Director Jeff Bouchard recommended putting the old government surplus items up for sale to the public.

Items include: a 1994 Chevy S-10 pickup truck, a 2003 Chevy Astro Van LT, a 1999 Ford Taurus LX, a 1988 Chevy 1500 tool truck with cap, a 1994 GMC 1500 pickup truck, a 1973 three-phase gasoline generator, a tow-behind flood lighting unit and a hand-model deep-cell battery-powered Sweeper Vac.

Bouchard said all of the items were purchased by the county through the Government Surplus Program. He said each were utilized at least seven years.

Revenue from the sale would reimburse the Department of Solid Waste's miscellaneous equipment account, he said.

Bouchard said there will be a spot set up at the county landfill on Mud Road where the public will be able to inspect the government surplus items before sale.

"Its been a great program, and we'll see how [the sale] works for us," Bouchard said.

In other committee action:

- Supervisors authorized seeking requests for proposals for water quality services at the landfill. The county's current three-year, $75,465 contract with Upstate Labs of Syracuse for testing of landfill wells three times per year - per state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations - expires Dec. 31. The county will eventually award a new three-year contract running from 2013-15.

Bouchard said the state has over the years imposed fewer monitoring requirements on the county, translating to lower contractual costs.

"This used to be upwards of $120,000 to $140,000," he said of the testing contracts.

- Bouchard reported an open-top container was refurbished, landfill gas system work continues, and cleanup programs are in progress. He said the Broadalbin cleanup program is done and the Perth program will be this month.

Bouchard said concrete pads are being poured at the Northampton Transfer Station for the recycling container area. He said a shed there is also being modified to handle the drop off of electronics.

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



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