Board of Supervisors authorizes team to assist city

Will aid city in demo project and disposal

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently authorized the county Demolition Team to assist the city of Gloversville in a demolition project and in reducing the city’s landfill disposal fate.

Supervisors authorized the resolution involving property at 211 and 213 N. Main St. last week at the County Office Building.

Gloversville desires to abolish the city-owned buildings. The county will be charging the city a reduced rate of $25 per ton, which is the municipal/county demolition rate.

Once both buildings are safely collapsed, the county Demolition Team will collect and remove all debris from both sites to the county landfill on Mud Road in the town of Johnstown. The city is responsible for proper permitting and any variance and/or air monitoring fees.

In other recent board action:

∫ The board authorized a $188,734 contract with Lightspeed/Nokia of Plano, Texas for microwave connectivity and backhaul between the Latimer Hill and Aney Hill communication tower sites.

“That’s part of the Interoperable Radio Communications Project that our emergency management office has been working on for two years now,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Fulton County has already received a $471,118 state grant to improve communications, including upgrades to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center, radio microwave links to other counties and infrastructure at existing tower locations.

∫ Board members joined a New York State Association of Counties effort in a class-action lawsuit against generic pharmaceutical companies related to price fixing for certain generic drugs to recover costs related to price fixing for certain generic drugs. A retainer agreement will be signed by Fulton County with Napoli Shkolnik PLLC of New York City.

∫ The board authorized a contract with Auctions International Corp. of East Aurora to sell five pieces of surplus equipment and vehicles. The equipment includes a 1985 generator, 1969 road grader, and 1995 loader.

∫ An $11,200 change order was granted to add to a $719,607 contract with Baseline King Corp. for the Fulton County Airport’s rehabilitation of runway and taxiway lighting and fencing project. The change order is for removal of some tree obstructions.

∫ The board authorized a contract with the town of Bleecker for 2019-20 winter maintenance of the communications tower road. A reciprocal agreement was also approved between the county Department of Highways and Facilities and the city of Johnstown for snow and ice control on County Highway 148 and Maple Avenue.

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