Supervisors extend consultant contract

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors approves a resolution to hire a housing consultant Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently extended a county contract with a Saratoga Springs firm for housing consultant services.

The board chairman was authorized to sign a $31,815 contract extension with Elan Planning, Landscape Architecture and Engineering.

Fulton County’s Vision 2026 Development Strategy includes a recommendation that the county implement a housing strategy to promote new housing development within its borders. The county in 2018 originally authorized Elan’s contract for housing consultant services. But due to what officials said were “certain circumstances and delays,” work was postponed by the county during 2019.

In other board business:

∫ The board accepted $61,807 in state 2020 tourism matching funds, with Fulton County matching the share for the year.

∫ Supervisors voted to accept $491,882 in 2019 state Interoperable Communications Grant funds for the county Emergency Management Office. The money will be used to improve communication and control public safety operations within Fulton County.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Monday’s resolution was only to accept the grant money.

“They’re not ready to do that yet,” Stead said of projects.

∫ The board reappropriated $233,470 in funds into the 2020 adopted county budget to purchase a 2020 Western Star tandem dump truck with plow for use in the county Highways and Facilities Department. The truck wasn’t delivered due to a delay in production. The purchase is being made via an Onondaga County contract.

Public Works Committee Chairman Gregory Fagan said the money had to be reappropriated for a vehicle the county had hoped to use last fall.

“This is not something we normally like to do,” he said. “Now it won’t be in service until next winter.”

∫ A $4,760 contract was approved with DM Romeyn Civil Engineering Design of Gloversville to prepare design and construction analysis services for an addition to the pole barn at the County Services Complex I on Route 29. The 2020 capital plan includes a $60,000 addition. Johnstown 3rd Ward Supervisor Jack Callery was the only opposition.

∫ The board authorized acceptance of $28,966 in North Country Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment project funds for use in the county Public Health Department. The reimbursement funding is through the Adirondack Health Institute.

∫ A $7,980 contract was authorized with TIP411 Pro to set up a mobile app for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. The agreement will provide two-way anonymous tip communication, tip management, community alerts, and social media publishing to promote prosecution of crime.

∫ Supervisors voted to advertise for bids to purchase a grapple budget with thumb attachment for an excavator for use in the county Solid Waste Department. Sealed bids will be accepted by the county until 2 p.m. March 18.

∫ The board authorized distribution of a request for proposal, also until March 18, for the County Treasurer’s Office. A previous contract with Stewart Title Insurance Co. expired Dec. 31.

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