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Fulton County working towards securing more Rail Trail property

A portion of the Rail Trail as seen in 2017. The county is currently working toward securing more Rail Trail property. Fulton County Planning Director Scott Henze told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee Monday that he is working with County Attorney Jason Brott on purchase agreements for two former FJ&G Railroad right of way properties currently owned by the Delaware Otsego Corp. (The Leader-Herald file photo)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Planning Director Scott Henze said this week the county is still working toward securing more Rail Trail property.

Henze told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee Monday that he is working with County Attorney Jason Brott on purchase agreements for two former FJ&G Railroad right of way properties currently owned by the Delaware Otsego Corp.

He said he prepared an agreement with Ferguson and Foss Professional Land Surveyors to perform an updated survey and deed descriptions for the properties.

“I mailed it to the owner of the property on Jan. 15,” Henze said.

Once received, he said the property survey will proceed.

Fulton County Planning Director Scott Henze provides the Board of Supervisors' Public Works Committee with an update on the county Rail Trail Monday afternoon at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Elsewhere in his activities report, Henze noted the Fulton County Planning Board’s annual land use training for local planning and zoning board members will; be 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 26 at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

“All local planning board members must have four hours of credit every year,” Henze said.

This year’s topics will be: “Blight: Strategies and Tools for Local Governments” and “Flood Plain Regulations for Local Review Boards.”

Henze said his office began reviewing Patrick Alan LLC’s site plan for a for-profit urgent care center along South Kingsboro Avenue Extension in Gloversville. A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at City Hall.

Bellamy Construction is currently making private property connections into the collection system for Fulton County Sewer District No. 2 in Vail Mills

Henze reported installation is set for the spring related to the Tryon Technology Park electric upgrade project.

He also reported his office continued Geographic Information System work that began in 2014 identifying potential shovel-ready site locations. He said he is coordinating his effort with the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth. The county planning agency is also providing the city of Gloversville with mapping for economic development and redevelopment initiatives.

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

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