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Firm to help in energy upgrade

IDA gives nod to area company

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency board on Tuesday authorized hiring a St. Johnsville firm to assist in National Grid’s major electric upgrade at the Tryon Technology Park.

Plans to do the upgrade have been worked on the last few years, but it is now coming to fruition.

“This has been a long and arduous process.” IDA Executive Director James Mraz said Wednesday.

The IDA board voted Tuesday at the Fort Johnstown Annex to hire Tom’s Electric with a $44,600 contract to install new electric service laterals from National Grid’s transformers to the Tryon wastewater pump station, water booster station and elevated tank and to remove 14 transformers located on existing poles at the town of Perth-based park.

Disposal of the transformers will be an additional scope of work for another contractor.

Mraz reported to his board that National Grid is preparing to start work on installing new electric service at the Tryon Technology Park.

The utility’s work will include: Installing new overhead service from County Highway 107 to County Highway 117, installing new underground electric service along County Highway 107 to a point just past Vireo Health, and installing new underground service laterals to the wastewater pump station, water booster station and elevated tank.

Service laterals will terminate at transformer pads.

Fulton County and the IDA, owner of the park, have been working with National Grid for many months to provide upgraded primary electrical service to the site.

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 Empire State Development capital grant to help pay down the cost of the electrical upgrade project.

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

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