Airport project to take off

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on April 12 to review resolutions at the board's monthly meeting at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on April 12 approved five resolutions related to the County Airport, which is gearing up for a large apron project this year.

The county’s 2021 capital plan includes a $1.25 million main apron reconstruction project.

Supervisors awarded a $789,609 low bid to Callanan Industries of Albany for the work. Five bids were received by the county.

“The bids came in very good,” said Perth Supervisor Gregory Fagan, chairman of the board’s Public Works Committee.

A board resolution from earlier this year authorized pre-application to the Federal Aviation Administration for the apron project off Route 67.

Funding for the project is: FAA — 90 percent; state Department of Transportation — 5 percent; and Fulton County — 5 percent.

County Planning Director Scott Henze recently told the Public Works Committee that the county has to wait until money comes in to do the project.

“I would expect it would be starting in early July,” Henze said.

The board also authorized a contract with Passero Associates of Rochester to provide construction management services for the main apron project. The contract amount is not to exceed $149,920.

In other airport business, the board authorized a 35-year lease agreement with N Number Holdings LLC. The area to be leased will include an 8,400-square-foot hangar building with a concrete helipad. The total leased area will be 38,400 square feet of space. The annual lease will be $1,350 for years one through 10; with a payment of $1,500 per year for years 11-35. There will also be a monthly $10 sewer charge.

Uses of the leased area will include: Air medical transport services, helicopter repair and maintenance, aircraft storage, and flight instruction.

The lease arrangement is part of LifeNet of NY’s move to the Fulton County Airport. The firm — also known as Air Methods — operates 11 air medical transport bases throughout New York state. It wants to relocate its town of Glen base to the Fulton County Airport.

LifeNet is partnering with N Number Holdings LLC to construct a new hangar building and concrete helipad at the Fulton County Airport to support its operations.

The board also authorized a 10-year lease agreement with N Number Holdings LLC for lease of the airport’s 2,400-square-foot Enterprise Building, starting Jan. 1. No payments will be made until the firm completes renovations. The total leased area is 12,600 square feet.

Use of the Enterprise Building will be crew quarters to support air medical transport services by LifeNet of NY.

Lease payments for the building will be $100 per month up to year 10, with payments ranging from $250 to $500 per month for option years beyond year 10. A sewer payment of $20 per month will also be charged.

Supervisors also approved a fifth resolution related to the airport. The resolution authorizes a five-year extension of an existing lease agreement that runs until Dec. 31, 2023 that the county has with The 195 Factory LLC for fixed-based operator, or FBO services at the airport.

The 195 Factory — based in West Glenville — requested a five-year extension through Dec. 31, 2028. Effective June 1, the company will make a $1,287 per month, or $15,455 annual lease payment to the county.


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