Fulton County Supervisors OK funds for Gloversville camera

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is reappropriating old state funds promised to the county to allow the purchase of a closed circuit camera for the Gloversville Police Department.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to reappropriate 2017 and 2018 state Homeland Security Grant Program funds into the county’s 2019 budget to help make the purchase.

The county in both 2017 and 2018 accepted grant funds in the amount of $63,731 for the office, now known as the Fulton County Emergency Management Office.

Supervisors last year authorized office Director Steven Santa Maria to purchase a closed-circuit TV system for the Gloversville Police Department at a cost not to exceed $13,881.

Officials noted the funding process was held up because the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services required an environmental historical preservation document, which was not approved until two months ago.

In another matter impacting the city of Gloversville, the Board of Supervisors approved referring five parcels to the county Demolition Team as part of Operation Green Scene.

The Fulton County solid waste director was authorized to mobilize the demolition team to raze any structures and clean up the following county-owned properties in Gloversville: 10 Union St., 134 North St., 87 Forest St., 424 S. Main St., and 25 Kent St.

The board in February 2001 established the municipal demolition team. In 2004, the board authorized an intermunicipal agreement with the city of Gloversville, with the county assuming property tax collection and enforcement responsibilities for the city. The county also established “Operation Green Scene” to demolish dilapidated residential properties and foster community rehabilitation.

Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young said this latest planned demolition activity is “good news,” noting a number of Gloversville supervisors have met recently with city government officials to work on cleaning up derelict properties.

“They’re getting more involved in tax foreclosure and code enforcement,” Young said.

Once the structures are razed by the demolition team, he said new owners will invest in the property, take of it and the county won’t have to deal with them as foreclosed properties, he said.

“We’ll never see it again,” Young said.

Board Chairman Jack Wilson responded, “Wouldn’t that be nice.”

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