Badly deteriorating county highway gets approval for repaving in 2019

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Monday amended the county’s 2019 capital plan to increase the scope and cost of a County Highway 120 repaving project in the town of Oppenheim.

The capital plan currently includes $225,000 for a single-course overlay.

But as a result of what county officials said was “harsh 2018-19 winter conditions accelerating deterioration” of County Highway 120, county Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost recommended more action. He now recommends a base course hot-in-place recycle component be added to the project, at an additional cost of $160,000.

The board approved that recommendation at the County Office Building to increase the scope of the project.

Elsewhere during the meeting, the board authorized a $113,127 renewal agreement with the state Unified Court System for cleaning and certain projects in court areas at the County Office Building.

The board passed a resolution accepting an additional $118,969 in state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services funding. County Community Services Director Ernest Gagnon recommended using the additional funding for purchase of two vans for transportation of County Jail inmates at the time of release to community residence and services.

Supervisors authorized a $45,000 contract with Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties for housing case management to reduce homelessness within Fulton County.

The board passed a resolution to purchase a Sheriff’s Department patrol car and make repairs to another patrol car with insurance claim proceeds. The department was notified it will receive $24,393 from the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal to replace a patrol vehicle totalled March 3. The county also received $2,838 for repairs to another patrol vehicle as a result of a minor accident.

Public speaker Dan Sardelli of Mayfield urged the board to have Fulton County get involved in a cooperative effort with other counties to create a “farm,” perhaps west of Amsterdam, where oil and gas could be stored. He said the effort could involve Fulton, Montgomery, Hamilton, Schoharie and Otsego counties.

Sardelli said the county could interest a company to refine oil from the south and store it in this part of New York state.

“That way the truckers don’t have to go to Albany,” he said.

Sardelli said that this project could save local consumers on the prices of fuel and gas, and he was personally willing to help.

“It’s going to take awhile to get all that rolling,” he said. “That was my proposition.”

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