Chairman reports on White House trip

Attended forum on economic development

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Wilson on Monday reported on a trip to the White House and the ongoing emergency medical services situation in the county.

In his monthly chairman’s report to the Board of Supervisors at the County Office Building, Wilson said he attended a forum on economic development at the White House in Washington D.C. He said one of the main topics was the opioid crisis impacting across America. He said federal officials were very accommodating.

“They will help us to work through any issues,” Wilson said.

He also reported on some of the latest information gathering the county is doing regarding the county possibly taking over emergency medical services in the county.

“We continue to work with our fire coordinator,” Wilson said.

He said that he and several other officials — including Northampton Supervisor James Groff and county Emergency Management Office Director Steven Santa Maria — continue to work with Hamilton and Saratoga counties on emergency services for the southern Adirondack State Park.

“It is badly needed,” Wilson said.

Caroga Supervisor James Selmser — as liaison to the Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks — reported that panel met July 27 in Long Lake. He said issues impacting snowmobile trails and tree cutting were discussed.

In another special committee report, Soil and Water Conservation Board liaison Warren Greene said that group is waiting on National Grid to move on a project that’s now on hold involving a road to the Tryon Technology Park water tower.

“Hydroseeding for the city of Johnstown and the town of Johnstown are now completed,” he said.

In regular board business:

∫ Supervisors authorized purchase of a mobile Fulton County community app for the Public Health Department utilizing North Country DSRIP funding. The county will be contracting with thepublichealthapp.com/OCV, LLC at a cost not to exceed $19,990 starting Sept. 1.

∫ The board renewed property and liability insurance for 2019-20 for county departments. The total estimated premium is $380,012.

∫ The county’s 2019 Capital Plan was amended to include an $850,000 CAD/RMS Upgrade Project for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department’s E911 Dispatch Center in Johnstown.

∫ Change orders approved for Fulton-Montgomery Community College projects included two with Tri-Valley Plumbing and Heating for plumbing and heating-ventilation and air conditioning for the Campus Labs and Classrooms Project. A third change was also authorized with Fisher Scientific Co. for the same campus project.

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