Supervisors cut $2M from budget package

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Capital Projects Committee recently finalized a proposed $3.8 million county capital plan for 2020, cutting about $2 million off the package since July.

County Budget Director Alice Kuntzsch said Thursday the panel’s Aug. 29 meeting was its last of the year.

The committee settled on a proposed $3.8 million capital plan, which will be subject to a public hearing in November and eventual incorporation in the county’s 2020 budget.

“They really scaled back this year,” Kuntzsch said of supervisors.

In July, the Capital Projects Committee was considering a roughly $5.7 million plan, but that document is now down to $3.8 million.

A proposed $100,000 New Neighborhood Plan involving surveillance and intelligence gathering tools for the county District Attorney’s Office was put off until 2021.

Included in the proposed county capital plan for next year is a $65,000 project involving an electronic poll book system for the county Board of Elections.

The committee left in a proposed $60,000 pole barn addition for the county Highway Department measuring about 2,300 square feet.

On a historic County Courthouse exterior renovations project, supervisors built in $100,000 into the 2020 capital plan. In addition, the plan includes a $40,000 truck and plow.

At Fulton-Montgomery Community College, a $1 million project is in the plan for phase III of a campus labs and classroom renovations project. Another $300,000 is in the plan for phase III work on the Financial Technology Lab at the Classroom Building.

The Information Services Department has a total of $56,159 earmarked, representing two projects in the plan involving a county PC upgrade and a printer.

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino would receive a $51,000 marked Charger vehicle as part of the plan.

A Planning Department project in the capital plan is $60,000 for FJ&G Trail right-of-way acquisition.

In the area of economic development, $815,000 is set aside in the plan for a Route 30A shovel-ready site, Route 30 sewer feasibility study, and a Hales Mills Development Area sewer project.

A total of $967,000 million in paving projects is planned for 2020 on these highways: County Highways 116, 116A, both in the town of Johnstown; County Highway 138 in the town of Broadalbin; and County Highway 149 in the town of Northampton.

An $85,000 project involving the bridge on North Bush Road over Peck Creek was included.

Highway equipment includes a $71,500 project involving a wood chipper.

The county will be paving three transfer stations in Stratford, Ephratah and Oppenheim, allocating a total of $22,000 in the capital plan.

In the Department of Solid Waste, $177,000 in other capital equipment requests for 2020 include: An excavator bucket with thumb, decontamination trailer, dump truck, fork lift and milling head.

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