Council gives 10K contract for feasibility investigation
GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday awarded a $10,300 contract to Barton & Loguidice to complete a building feasibility study on the Ambulance Service of Fulton County building on Frontage Road to determine whether the site could serve as the city’s new Department of Public Works building.
The council over the past year has been exploring options to replace the aging DPW building located at 73 Spring St. that is reportedly suffering from structural issues, an inefficient layout and poor energy efficiency. The 30,000 square foot building that houses the city’s fleet of DPW vehicles, a mechanic’s bay with a lift to repair trucks and machinery, a carpentry shop and a sign and paint shop is also said to be at maximum capacity.
The council in December 2018 agreed to a proposal from the owner of the former Continental Mill building at 40 Beaver St., Ed Newberry, to review an engineering study on the vacant structure in consideration of relocating the city’s DPW into the building. Newberry subsequently contracted Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. to prepare the study at no cost to the city.
The council planned to compare the study of the Beaver Street building to a feasibility study the city previously contracted Barton and Loguidice to conduct to determine the concept cost of constructing a new DPW building at the city transit yard at 109 W. Fulton St.
Before the city received the completed study on the Beaver Street building late last summer, the council began discussing the ambulance building at 8 Frontage Road across from City Hall as a centrally located site in the city that could be suitable for the DPW building. The ASFC suspended service due to financial reasons on Feb. 8.
DPW Director Dale Trumbull contacted agency officials expressing the city’s interest in the building and the Common Council authorized a Request for Proposals to conduct a building feasibility study on Oct. 8. The first RFP received no responses and the council authorized the issuance of a second RFP on Dec. 10.
The city received one qualified bid from Loguidice & Barton to prepare the building feasibility study and general site evaluation of the ambulance property for $10,300. The Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to award the contract to the engineering firm, as well as a related resolution authorizing a budget modification to transfer $10,300 from the city’s contingency fund to the budget for contracts and agreements.
The city anticipates receipt of the building feasibility study in the spring when the council plans to compare the three options for a DPW building to select one site to pursue.
Mayor Vincent DeSantis confirmed on Tuesday that the city received permission from the ASFC to move ahead with the building feasibility study, but was unsure of the organization’s willingness to sell the property if the city determined it was the best option for a new DPW building.
“I don’t know what the situation is with that, but the council really wanted a third option and if that is the option that the council feels is the most appropriate, the most cost effective, then we will proceed to take steps to acquire it,” DeSantis said.
Since service was suspended last year the ASFC building has seen some use with the organization entering into a contract with Empire Ambulance of Albany in May to perform hospital transfers on a limited basis a few days a week providing only Basic Life Support level care.
Following the shutdown of the ASFC, the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Area Ambulance Corps assumed the handling of most ambulance calls throughout the region at the Advanced Life Support level care. Subsequently on March 16 the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps also shut down due to financial reasons.
Officials in Fulton County over the last year have discussed possibly taking over operation and management of all Emergency Medical Services in the county by obtaining a Certificate of Need from the State Department of Health that would supersede or have preference over scheduling of any ambulance operations currently going on in the county.
The Fulton County Board of Supervisors is expected to make a decision on whether to seek a state Certificate of Need for the county to assume EMS operations sometime early this year.