Schools to use county voting machines

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors has approved user agreements between the county Board of Elections and local school districts to use county voting machines in 2019.

District elections are coming up in May, and supervisors cemented agreements Monday at the County Office Building.

As of January 2016, area school districts must use electronic voting machines to conduct school elections to meet state mandates.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Wilson was authorized to sign user agreements between the Board of Elections and local school districts to use county voting machines for 2019 school board elections, subject to approval by County Attorney Jason Brott. The school districts must reimburse the Board of Elections for costs associated with preparation and use of the machines at school district polling sites.

In other voting matters, supervisors authorized an extension of a Help America Vote Act, or HAVA Grant agreement the Fulton County Board of Elections has with the state Board of Elections in Albany.

The Board of Supervisors will be signing a contract extension with the state board to use $23,636 in unspent funding through March 31, 2020.

In other business:

∫ The board amended a utility energy service contract with National Grid for the lighting and jail improvement project, adding the County Annex, 57 E. Fulton St., Gloversville, to the project. A master agreement was amended to include LED lighting upgrades and installation of an HVAC Management System for a total cost of $432,624 and a net cost to the county of $258,276.

∫ Supervisors authorized a short-term lease agreement at $1,200 per month with Baseline King Construction to lease the Fulton County Airport’s Enterprise Building for April and May.

∫ Bids for paper and printing supplies in the county Information Services Department were awarded. Bids included $24,528 for white xerographic paper through W.B. Mason of Albany. The board also authorized purchase of $1,600 worth of new firewall hardware for use in that department.

∫ A separate resolution approved a $65,000 bid from Titan Roofing Inc. of Albany for a roofing project at the annex.

∫ In reports before the board, Gloversville 6th Ward Supervisor Warren Greene gave a report on the Fulton County Soil & Water Conservation District board. He said the district hired a new secretary to the board.

“It has been a busy month this past month,” said Wilson, in his chairman’s report.

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