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County OKs razing house

October 21, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week authorized the county Demolition Team to raze a Fulton County Industrial Development Agency building on Route 30A to clear that area for future development.

County Department of Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard, who heads up the team, said Tuesday he anticipates the demolition will be "in the next few months." He said the building - a two-story house with a garage - will probably be brought down by the end of the year or in January.

"The biggest scheduling thing is when National Grid goes in and takes power out," Bouchard said.

The demolition team was formed in 2001 to help raze municipally-owned buildings by lending county manpower and equipment to the projects.

The IDA owns a vacant building on the west side of Route 30A, between Opportunity Drive and Enterprise Drive, by the Johnstown Industrial Park in Johnstown.

According to IDA Executive Director James Mraz, in order for this building to be considered for demolition, an asbestos containing materials survey must be conducted to verify if any asbestos-containing materials may exist.

The IDA is asking the demolition team to be involved in case there is asbestos. Mraz said having the team remove the asbestos and do the demolition may be the least expensive option for the IDA. He said the team cannot take the building down without documentation that no asbestos materials exist in the building.

The resolution approved by the board states the work should be done "in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible."

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead told supervisors the IDA project represents the demolition team going back to its "roots."

"This is actually how the demolition team program started," Stead said. "It's supposed to be a true, intermunicipal operation."

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



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