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County to replace tower antennas

December 3, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County plans to replace two antennas damaged at the county's Bleecker Mountain radio tower site, officials heard recently.

"This is an insurance recovery on Bleecker Mountain," county Administrative Officer Jon Stead told the Board of Supervisors' Finance Committee last week the county received claim money for antennas, damaged by weather.

County Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Allan Polmateer recently requested a 2012 county budget amendment for insurance recovery. Supervisors last week approved the request.

Polmateer indicated two antennas were damaged and need replacement at the radio site. He said cost of the antennas with installation was $4,495. He said the antennas are covered by insurance, but with a $1,000 deductible the Civil Defense Office has funding for. The county's insurance company provided a $3,495 claimant check and that check will also be used to purchase the antennas, said Stead, the county's purchasing agent.

Polmateer also requested and received 2012 budget amendments related to grand funding the county receives.

In both cases - involving separate 2011 Homeland Security and hazardous materials grants - Stead said the state hasn't always made the funding available for the year it is supposed to be spent.

"The state's been sitting on the money so long," Stead said.

The committee granted a 2012 budget amendment for the $81,426 Homeland Security Grant award from 2011 given to Polmateer's office. Only $75,963 has been spent. Due to time restraints with the year-end approaching, the county decided to have the remaining $5,462 reappropriated in early 2013 for spending.

In similar fashion, the committee granted a 2012 budget amendment for a $125,000 Hazardous Materials Grant award from 2011 given to Polmateer's office. As of this date, only $22,839 of that grant has been spent. Polmateer said the fully signed grant contract wasn't received by Polmateer's office until Nov. 8, so spending didn't begin until then.

The county decided to have the remaining $102,161 reappropriated in early 2013 for spending.

 
 

 

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