County looks to get permit for visitor’s center

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is looking to sign a new Use and Occupancy Permit with the state Department of Transportation for the county’s Visitor Center in Vail Mills and nearby Rail Trail.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee on Monday authorized board Chairman Jack Callery to sign the permit. The full board will take final action March 8.

“That property out there is actually owned by DOT,” said county Planning Director Scott Henze.

He said the county’s “Gateway to the Adirondacks” Visitor Center building at Routes 29 and 30 in Vail Mills, and the Rail Trail are on land owned by the state. Since 2000, Fulton County has maintained either a lease agreement or a Use and Occupancy Permit with DOT. A resolution in April 2018 consolidated the permit to add the Vail Mills Sanitary Sewer System installed by the county as part of Sewer District No. 2.

Henze said the new amended permit is needed with several changes incorporated.

“It’s a simple permit,” he said. “The fee is waived.”

Henze further explained that a board resolution from last October authorized transfer of the sewer system infrastructure to the village of Broadalbin via a SMART Waters Agreement. A new permit is required with DOT to remove the sewer system’s infrastructure from Fulton County’s permit. The village will enter into anew permit with DOT adding the sewer system infrastructure, Henze said.

In other action Monday related to the visitor center, the committee passed a proposed resolution approving a facilities use application for 2021 from the Fulton-Montgomery Farmers Market Association Inc. of St. Johnsville. The group wants to use the center for its Broadalbin Farmer’s Market from 2 to 7 p.m. Fridays, from June 11-Oct. 1. The request came from group Secretary Stephanie Gray.

“Last year, the farmer’s market group came to Fulton County,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead. “They would like to go ahead and do that again.”

The proposal noted that FMFMA has been running farmer’s markets for over 20 years in the area. The group is run by five board members and membership consists of vendors.

The group says it is 100 percent “producer” markets, which means all vendors must make or grow what they bring. The FMFMA accepts vendors from Fulton and Montgomery counties, as well as neighboring counties.

Officials said the inaugural market last summer was successful. The association requires all vendors to carry a minimum $1 million general and product liability insurance.


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