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Cell tower contract on hold

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County officials recently decided to wait a month to consider approval of a contract with New Cingular Wireless for a cell tower at the county landfill.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee discussed the issue in executive session during its Sept. 30 meeting at the County Office Building.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Friday that the committee decided to hold off a month until contract details are looked at closer by County Attorney Jason Brott and Department of Solid Waste Director David Rhodes. The next committee meeting is Oct. 28.

County Department of Solid Waste Deputy Director/Administration Cindy Livingston presented a proposed resolution to sign a contract lease agreement with Cingular Wireless for the tower.

The firm wants to build a 190-foot wireless telecommunications tower at the landfill.

A draft proposal was received by Rhodes. The arrangement would involve construction of a tower on the Woolrich Road side of the landfill, involving a 10,000-square-foot area. The project’s site plan was approved Sept. 10 by the Johnstown Town Planning Board.

In other Department of Solid Waste business, the committee reviewed a proposal authorizing disposal of a 2003 Chevy Blazer through the Department of Solid Waste.

Livingston reported a recent online auction through Auctions International brought in $19,250 in revenue for the department. Equipment auctioned off with bid prices were: A 1995 Samsung loader — $9,600; 1980 John Deere backhoe — $6,500 through government surplus; 2003 Chevy Blazer — $450; and a 1974 four-wheel drive truck — $2,700.

A fall cleanup program for the town of Perth is scheduled for Oct. 7 to 12 at the town Highway Department.

Livingston reported annual leachate line and tank cleanings are being performed, as required by state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.

The county department hauled gravel from Ephratah for a new road into cell one at the landfill. The department is performing excavator work for the town.

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

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