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Firm gets nod for wetlands study

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 15 approved a $13,300 contract with a Latham engineering firm to conduct a wetlands investigation of a “shovel ready” site on Route 30A.

The board okayed a contract with C.T. Male Associates, as part of the longstanding effort to build a regional technology park. The company would be conducting the wetlands probe of a 90-acre site as part of an $80,000 2019 county capital plan involving “baseline feasibility studies” for a potential park.

Northampton Supervisor James Groff registered the only no vote for the wetlands contract at the board’s meeting at the County Office Building.

“I just think it’s a waste of time and money,” Groff said.

C.T. Male will be doing a wetlands study, but other work will include: Property line and topographic surveys, geotechnical evaluation, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Phase IA/IB Archeological Investigation, Historical and Cultural Resources Assessment, Endangered and Threatened Species Assessment, and an evaluation of utilities. The consultant is also expected to prepare a site plan showing: The number of potential shovel-ready sites that could be established, access into the site, utility extensions, and wetlands.

In other business Oct. 15, the board authorized an application for an I Love New York Tourism Promotion Matching Grant. The board authorized the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry to submit an application of $61,807 for the county’s 2020 tourism and promotion programs.

Supervisors authorized purchase of security cameras for use in the Department of Social Services utilizing 100 percent state and federal funds. DSS Commissioner Anne Solar is due to use $3,000 of $25,437 available in 2018 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Award funds to purchase necessary equipment. Items include three outdoor security cameras, five indoor security cameras, and eight MicroSD cards.

The board approved purchase of $22,396 worth of advertising and supplies to promote Fulton County Public Health Department programs. Purchases include: $8,000 worth of advertising on WENT radio and WBUG radio; $6,991 worth of incentive supplies from C. Gerard; $4,989 worth of T-shirts; and another $2,416 for Impact Melanoma incentive supplies.

A resolution passed authorizing acceptance of a $35,600 2020 STOP Violence Against Women Grant from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services for the office of Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown. The money is being earmarked for the salary and fringes for a fourth assistant district attorney.

Also through Brown’s office, the board authorized a $1,100 purchase of three replacement routers for use with license plate readers utilized by police. Existing routers are not compatible with First Net Wireless, which the county has gone to.

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

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