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Boiler repairs to cost $22,000

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized over $22,000 in emergency boiler repairs for the county’s Fort Johnstown Annex building.

The resolution approved at the County Office Building indicated Connecticut-based Hartford Steam Boiler conducted a semi-annual boiler inspection Oct. 8 at the 1 E. Montgomery St. annex.

“The boiler at Fort Johnstown failed inspection,” reported Public Works Committee Chairman Gregory Fagan. “There’s at least two places leaking water.”

County officials said the inspection revealed broken casing inside the 17-year-old boiler. On an emergency basis, board Chairman Warren Greene gave written approval for repairs to rebuild the boiler up to an amount of $22,225. The resolution said county Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost proceeded with emergency purchase of boiler repairs for that amount after obtaining four quotes.

“With heating season, we didn’t think we could wait weeks to get in there,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Money for the repairs was taken out of the county Contingent Fund, which may be replenished to some degree following a determination of insurance coverage.

Fagan said that hopefully insurance will be “taking care of part of it.”

Stead said the hope is the county will have a $5,000 deductible, with the balance of the boiler covered in insurance.

In other repair work, the board authorized $26,000 in repairs to the radio communications shelter at the Bleecker Mountain Tower site due to previous ice storm damage. County Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria was authorized to make $14,000 worth of repairs to the shelter, with the other $12,000 spent on construction of a new protective steel ice bridge. The additional bridge will be constructed to prevent future damage from falling ice.

Santa Maria inspected the shelter and determined it sustained “substantial damage” during a Dec. 31, 2019 ice storm.

A NBT Mang Insurance adjuster and a contractor certified by the shelter manufacturer conducted site surveys to assess damage. The firm approved the scope of work and to repair the damage for a loss policy deductible of $4,010 payable to the county.

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

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