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County’s $18 million capital plan includes economic development

Landfill expansion included

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week accepted an $18 million capital plan for 2017.

The plan includes a $7 million landfill expansion, and several economic development and Fulton-Montgomery Community College projects.

Supervisors voted to accept next year’s plan at the County Office Building. The board conducted a public hearing on the capital plan, but no one spoke.

The plan is part of the county budget for 2017 that is still being worked on.

The county share for the projects will be about $10.9 million, with offsetting revenues from sources such as reserves totalling $7.74 million.

Other projects contained in the county’s 2017 capital plan include: $500,000 for County Office Building exterior renovations; $1.3 million for a Smart Waters program waterline for Hales Mills Road Extension; and FMCC projects that include a $900 technology upgrade, $2.2 million in campus maintenance projects, and $2.4 million for the proposed Allen House Administrative and Community Center.

In other business last week:

¯ The board chose these three banks as depositories for county funds: Key Bank of Gloversville, NBT of Johnstown, and J.P. Morgan-Chase.

Fifth Ward Supervisor Gregory Young asked what decisions go into choosing official county banks. He asked whether it was because of lower fees.

“That’s been an ongoing debate the last two years,” said Mayfield Supervisor Rick Argotsinger, chairman of the Finance Committee.

Argotsinger said City Treasurer Terry Blodgett indicated that some fees will hopefully be reduced by December.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said the county has to choose a commercial bank.

¯ Supervisors continued the county tradition in the last several years of having a vacancy review process for certain county positions for 2017. County department heads have to go before the Finance Committee to have vacant positions filled.

Gloversville 6th Ward Supervisor Warren Greene said he was opposed to the review “as constructed.” He said department heads should be given some leeway in filling positions.

“The department has already done their budget,” Greene said.

He added that heads of larger county departments can spend their time more productively than meeting with supervisors.

Greene, Young, Johnstown Town Supervisor Jack Wilson and Northampton Supervisor James Groff opposed the resolution, but it passed.

Bleecker Supervisor David Howard  said vacancy reviews are useful.

“It also shows you trends into what’s going on into the particular department,” he said.

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

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