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Solid waste dept. submits plans

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Solid Waste Department has submitted one of its smallest ever proposed capital plans for 2021, mostly money set aside for landfill expansion engineering.

Department Director David Rhodes submitted the three-project capital plan, which was approved Monday by the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee. The $123,500 plan will now be forwarded to the board’s Capital Projects Committee.

Plan projects, as outlined by Rhodes, are engineering of a future vertical landfill expansion – $80,000; paving for the Stratford Transfer Station — $30,000; and an isotope identifier, which is mandated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation — $13,500.

Perth Supervisor Gregory Fagan, committee chairman, said the vertical landfill expansion will “buy us years” before the county needs to enter into a full-fledged cell expansion.

Rhodes isotope identifier is needed to detect radiation as vehicles go through the landfill scale on Mud Road.

“It works in conjunction with something that’s mandated by DEC,” he said.

In other business, Rhodes reported the Fulton County Demolition Team started assisting the city of Gloversville with clean up of demolition debris at 70 Division St. on June 22 and it was wrapped up by the following Saturday. He said 352 tons of debris was removed.

Board Chairman Warren Greene commended Rhodes and his staff for a project he said “seemed to go a heck of a lot faster than anticipated.”

Elsewhere in his operations report, Rhodes said a grapple bucket was delivered May 21 to the county. He said the Recycling Facility roof was extended to prevent ice build up at the sliding barn doors. He also reported transfer station signs have been replaced.

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