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Tryon has new primary electric system

JOHNSTOWN — The Tryon Technology Park in Perth has a new primary electric system, due to switch over soon.

“All of that work has been completed,” Fulton County Planning Director Scott Henze told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee last week.

National Grid did the work during the spring and early summer and now the switchover for the Tryon primary electric upgrade project is due to occur. Fulton County has worked with the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency on improving the park, which is attempting to bring new businesses to the area.

Received was a Empire State Development incentive proposal for a $100,000 Consolidated Funding Application awarded for the project. Additional costs for the county, Henze said, included $2,486 for a “significant amount” of sand to be purchased and hauled to use in trenches.

Elsewhere in Henze’s activities report to the committee:

“The lead municipal planning boards became more active in June,” Henze said.

He said officials began reviewing Derek Brown’s site plan application for Brown Ford’s Collision Center Addition planned along Route 29A in Gloversville.

They also began reviewing Bashar Mustafa’s site plan for a Dunkin Donuts restaurant at 1008 and 1012 Route 29A in the town of Johnstown. A public hearing will be July 14.

Henze reported the Mayfield town code enforcement officer indicated the Wildlife Museum on Route 30 wants to design its own septic system. But the board wants the museum to tie into the municipal system rather than its own.

∫ Henze and Travis Mitchell, an engineer with Environmental Design Partnership, met with town of Caroga representatives to discuss a future municipal sewer initiative in the town. The town retained the Clifton Park firm to prepare a Sewer Feasibility Study for the Town Center and Resort Zoning District areas.

∫ A meeting was held with Environmental Design Partnership on June 17 to advance plans for creation of a proposed Fulton County Sewer District No. 4 involving Hales Mills Road Extension. Henze said the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is drafting an agreement to have ownership of sewer lines and pump stations serving Tryon and the Hale Creek Correctional Facility turned over to Fulton County.

“There’s been some foward movement on that,” Henze said.

He said a formal map, plan and report for the district should be ready in a couple months.

∫ A new sign for the Fulton County Airport is pending. Henze said the old sign was removed by the county Highway Department on June 16. He said the county is currently waiting on cables to hook panels together.

∫ Henze reported Fulton Montgomery Community College was notified by the state it will only approve capital projects related to immediate health and safety needs on campuses. He said the state won’t continue to support the Campus Labs and Classrooms Phase III and Financial Technology Labs Project.

“FMCC is looking for some county support,” he said.

∫ As of June 24, Fulton County’s overall response rate to the U.S. Census 2020 Initiative was 51 percent, he said.

“I expect that to increase significantly now,” said Henze, who noted a state rate 57 percent.

Henze said the rate was “very low” in the town of Caroga because the majority of households there have P.O. boxes and didn’t receive invitations.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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