Station wall work making progress

Retaining wall for county waste going up

JOHNSTOWN — Crews are making progress on building a retaining wall for the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste’s East Fulton Street transfer station.

Department Deputy Director of Operations David Rhodes briefed the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee on the project Monday at the County Office Building.

Rhodes reported East Fulton Street retaining wall renovations are ongoing. The committee heard that inhouse work started Aug. 6 at the transfer station. A concrete pad was poured for relocation of the town of Mayfield metal container, in anticipation of single-stream compactor installation.

Elsewhere in his operations report, Rhodes said a mini-excavator was purchased for $64,583 under state contract and was delivered Aug. 20.

Rhodes said a 2019 Western Star tractor truck was delivered Monday to the landfill. It was purchased for $145,368 via an Onondaga County contract, and the deal includes five-year engine power train warranties.

The Department of Solid Waste sold 19 surplus items through an online auction by Auctions International for nearly $20,000, Rhodes reported.

He reported a new overhead door was installed at the Stratford transfer station last month.

Department automotive mechanic Martin Bilger retires Friday after 39 years of county services, Rhodes said.

In regular business, the committee authorized seeking requests for proposals for water quality services at the landfill. The present three-year contract expiring Dec. 31 for $74,066 with Test America of Amherst is for testing of wells three times per year, per state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.

“The new [contract] would be set up the same way – three years,” Rhodes said.

He proposed that bids be due in October. The full board will consider the RFP resolution Sept. 10.

Supervisors approved a proposed resolution authorizing staff to attend a fall conference Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Lake Placid. The conference for two staffers is being conducted by the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management.

The committee also supported reclassifying a senior account clerk position to administrative assistant in the Department of Solid Waste.

“Personnel has reviewed the position,” Rhodes said.

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