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Stead: Great Sacandaga very ‘busy’

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead, right, discusses growing recreational interest at the Board of Supervisors' meeting Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. Left and center are board Chairman Warren Greene and Ephratah Supervisor Todd Bradt. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County officials praised local recreational participation and economic development efforts this summer during discussion at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting Monday at the County Office Building.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead — who has been in his position since the early 1990s — said activity along the Greater Sacandaga Lake this summer is very going well despite it being a pandemic year.

Stead said the lake is busier now “than any time I’ve seen it” in his lifetime.

The county official said the recreational vehicle and boating industries are “going gangbusters” this year. He added that recreational participation and high interest by the public with riding four-wheelers, driving RVs and Jeeps are “unusual” this year.

Perth Supervisor Gregory Fagan also reported to the board that he attended the grand opening of the Local Five and Dine restaurant at 132 S. Main St. in Northville. He said the owners have put hundreds of thousands of dollars into the new business. He said the business represents a “great investment” in the Northville area.

“I encourage you to go up and see it,” Fagan said.

On another topic, Stead reported to the board that the first place $1,000 winner of Fulton County’s 2020 Capital District OTB Scholarship award was graduating Johnstown High School senior Charles Gagliardo. The Board of Supervisors didn’t have the winner come in and receive the scholarship publicly this year because of COVID-19.

Students vying for the annual award must write an essay about the importance of county government in society.

Stead said Gagliardo wrote an “excellent” essay. He said this year that Gagliardo submitted the only essay for the scholarship and was awarded the top prize. He said it showed the work ethic of the student during the pandemic this spring.

“I was actually kind of surprised,’ Stead said. “I didn’t think we would have any applications submitted.”

He said the student has already formally communicated a thank you to the board.

Stead said the county also received a thank you note from Dolly Handy, wife of the late Johnstown 1st Ward Supervisor Richard Handy, who passed away June 24. The board passed a resolution honoring his service to the county.

In his Adirondack Government subcommittee report, Caroga Supervisor Scott Horton noted that efforts to change Adirondack Park Agency regulations regarding communication towers remains a hot issue.

“We’re not seeing much movement at all,” Horton said.

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