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Electrical upgrade planned for Tryon Technology Park

JOHNSTOWN — National Grid is finishing up its design and contractual work for a planned primary electric upgrade project for the Tryon Technology Park in Perth.

The utility has finalized the project design, Fulton County Planning Director Scott Henze recently told the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee at the County Office Building.

Henze reported National Grid has submitted three cost reimbursement agreements and four electric service proposals. He said the utility will be paid upfront before it starts its work.

“We got all the agreements from National Grid,” Henze said. “We are in the process of executing those as we speak.”

Agreements and proposals from National Grid have been sent to County Attorney Jason Brott and Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Wilson. The county has been assisting the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency — the actual owners of the technology park — with development of its infrastructure.

The county and IDA have been working with National Grid for many months to provide upgraded primary electrical service to the site.

The county at one time put the actual project estimate at $600,000, but that figure may have changed. County officials say the existing primary electric service at Tryon is unreliable and insufficient to meet the park’s future needs. Fulton County has been awarded a $100,000 ESD capital grant to help pay down the cost of the electrical upgrade project.

On another matter, Henze said preliminary wetlands investigations identified wetlands in both the Tryon Development Area and the Hales Mills Development Area. As a result, concept plans for both areas were modified to minimize potential impacts of those wetlands.

Also in Henze’s activities report to the committee, he noted an 80-acre site on the east side of Route 30A has potential to be developed. The committee went into a closed-door, executive session to discuss the site. According to Henze’s written report, the property owner has given consent to have a wetlands investigation conducted on his property.

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

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