County board of supervisors approve $1.2M in airport contracts

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors has approved about $1.2 million worth of contracts for projects at the County Airport.

The board also approved an item related to its new airport enterprise building tenant at its meeting Monday at the County Office Building.

Supervisors awarded a $922,372 low bid to Rifenburg Construction of Troy for the airport’s Runway 10-28 rehabilitation and connector taxiway construction project at the Route 67 airport. The bid was one of two received by the county. The project is part of the county’s 2019 capital plan, budgeted at $1.15 million.

A previous resolution approved by the board authorized a pre-application for funds to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA provides most of the funds for the local airport’s projects, typically 90 percent.

Also Monday, the board authorized a $1,750 contract with C&S Companies of Syracuse for construction administration services for the same Runway 10-28 rehabilitation and connector taxiway construction project.

Johnstown 3rd Ward Supervisor Jack Callery, who voted no on three of the board’s five airport resolutions, felt the construction administration fees and contracts unnecessary.

“I think this is all ridiculous,” Callery said.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said construction administration services are required by FAA, as part of its large allocation to the county.

In other airport business May 13:

∫ The board authorized a design project contract not to exceed $100,000 with Passero Associates of Rochester for the airport’s main apron reconstruction project, as part of the 2019 capital plan. The board in 2017 had authorized distribution of a request for qualifications from engineering firms for project planning services for the airport.

∫ Supervisors approved a $123,649 agreement with Passero Associates for construction administration services for the Runway 10-28 rehabilitation and connector taxiway construction project.

∫ The board authorized a lease agreement with 28Left Inc. of Johnstown for the airport’s enterprise building through Feb. 28, 2021. The agreement is for payment of $255 per month to the county, plus a sewer fee. John Eisler of Johnstown is due to take occupancy of the 1,200-square-foot building June 1. According to the two-year lease worked out with Eisler in February, he desires occupation of the building for “purposes of aviation activities, education, events …”

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