Supervisors give nod to leasing airport building

Will be used for ‘aviation’ activities, education, events

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week authorized a new lease for use of the county airport’s enterprise building.

Supervisors approved a lease with John Eisler of Johnstown to lease the building for the “purposes of aviation activities, education, events …” The two-year lease offer is payable to the county at $255 per month, running through Feb. 28, 2021.

The county owns the 1,200-square-foot enterprise building, which lies to the east of the Route 67 airport’s terminal building along the edge of the runway. The building was used as a restaurant and bakery for many years. But county officials in recent years opened it up to other non-food, commercial uses.

In other airport-related business, the board authorized submittal of a five-year Airport Capital Improvement Plan to the Federal Aviation Administration. The board also authorized a pre-application to the FAA for the Runway 10-28 rehabilitation, connector taxiway construction project, and main apron design being planned as part of the county’s 2019 Capital Plan.

In other business:

∫ A proposed resolution allowing the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department to utilize a structure at 68 E. Fulton St. in Gloversville for tactical training was withdrawn.

“We are still inspecting that home,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

∫ The board authorized purchase of a $233,469 2020 Western Star tandem dump truck with plow from Tracey Road Equipment of East Syracuse through an Onondaga County bid award. The truck will be utilized by the county Highways and Facilities Department.

∫ Supervisors authorized advertisement for bids for a roof replacement project at the county’s building at 57 E. Fulton St., Gloversville. Sealed bids are expected to be into the county by 2 p.m. March 20.

∫ The board voted to advertise until March 13 for bids to purchase a new tracked excavator for use in the county Solid Waste Department. Supervisors also approved seeking bids until the same day for purchase of landfill GPS, or global positioning system, for use in the department.

∫ A $12,023 annual contract for phone system support and maintenance through the office of the county information services director was approved.

∫ The board voted to authorize requests for proposals until May 8 for Computer Aided Dispatch software for use in the county Sheriff’s Department. The current CAD, records management, and mobile and fire records software supporting the sheriff’s Dispatch Center is due for replacement.

∫ The board also authorized the sale of a county-owned, delinquent tax parcel at 345 S. Kingsboro Ave. in the town of Johnstown to adjacent land owners Anthony and Michelle Ambrosino. The fire-damaged, one-family residence was purchased by the Ambrosinos for $6,918, which included delinquent taxes and an outstanding water bill.

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