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County seeks to amend tower contract

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is looking to amend its contract with the wireless company constructing a cell tower on county Department of Solid Waste property.

Department Director David Rhodes told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee of the move Monday at the County Office Building.

The committee eventually authorized a proposed board resolution to sign an amendment to the contract lease agreement with New Cingular Wireless for the cell tower. The full board will vote Oct. 13.

Rhodes explained the board approved a contract for the tower last Nov. 12. Preliminary prep work has been done at the site, and New Cingular Wireless has presented a contract revision.

“They have now gotten to the point as far as starting design,” Rhodes said.

Some borings have been done for the tower foundation design, he said.

He said New Cingular Wireless proposed clarification to the revenue-sharing provision which notes that co-locators (users of the tower) that are under the auspices of the firm, are not individual third-part users who must pay additional fees to the county. They are already covered due to their affiliation with New Cingular Wireless.

The amendment also includes new, more detailed and defined drawings than an original placeholder sketch of the tower area, Rhodes said.

County Attorney Jason Brott reviewed the amendment and found it acceptable.

In other business, supervisors approved a proposed resolution renewing a three-year contract with Barton & Loguidice for environmental monitoring, or what Rhodes referred to as “water quality testing.” The current three-year deal expires at the end of the year.

Services provided include quarterly and annual reports, groundwater contour mapping, and data validation as required by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Rhodes said Barton & Loguidice has performed such services for Fulton County since 1994.

The proposed contract — subject to full approval Oct. 13 — is to pay the firm $11,400 per year from 2021-2023. Rhodes said that’s the same price as the current contract.

In his operations report, Rhodes noted annual leachate line cleaning at the landfill is done and tank cleanings were mostly performed. The work is required by DEC regulations.

Rhodes said two of the three tanks were cleaned, with the third to be completed soon.

He also reported that all East Fulton Street Transfer Station renovations are complete. He said the station is up and running.

“They did a great job up there with minimal impact on the public,” said Johnstown Town Supervisor Jack Wilson.

Rhodes commented: “I think it went pretty smooth for the amount of traffic we had up there.”

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