County moves due date for bids

Bids for former probation building now due on Feb. 12

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government has moved back to next month the bids due date for purchase of the former county Probation Department building in Gloversville.

The original bid date was Jan. 15. But county Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Jan. 16 that the date was pushed back.

“Its taken a little longer to get information out [to potential bidders],” he said.

Stead said bids to purchase the county’s former probation building at 64 E. Fulton St. will now be due by 2 p.m., Feb. 12, at the County Office Building, at which time they will be publicly opened.

The building lies just east of, and behind, the Gloversville Public Library property.

Fulton County is trying to sell the building because the Probation Department in March 2019 moved into new spaces across the street at the County Annex Building at 57 E. Fulton St.

The former probation building has been vacant since county personnel moved out last spring. The Probation Department is now situated in larger spaces at the county annex. Also now housed at the annex are the county Public Defender’s Office and the county Community Services Department.

Fulton County formerly wasn’t successful in originally desiring to sell the two-story annex building. The county took that action after it transferred former county Mental Health Department’s services to St. Mary’s Healthcare, which ended up leasing that building. But the county decided after St. Mary’s got out of its annex lease to bring in probation and the public defender because both needed more space.

County supervisors have in the past discussed various options for the probation building, including leasing it, demolishing it, or retaining the building to repurpose it for future county government space.

The Gloversville Public Library, 58 E. Fulton St., expressed some interest in the property in the past.

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