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Repaving to help improve Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE — An East Fulton Street resurfacing project being done recently will improve the city’s infrastructure for years, Department of Public Works Director Chris Perry told the Common Council Tuesday night at City Hall.

In his work session report, Perry said resurfacing is being done involving numerous manholes, with risers being put in. He said the work will greatly improve the manhole situation along East Fulton Street for many years to come.

“All the manholes will be adjusted,” Perry said.

The city hired The Gorman Group of Albany – via state contract — to perform the street resurfacing project. The form of the road treatment was paver placed surface treatment, which equates to 35 to 40 percent of the cost of standard mill and fill road resurface.

Elsewhere in his DPW report, Perry said city crews has been doing much city park improvements, including at Wolfarth’s Pond Park, Spring Street Park and Elk Street Park. Work at Myers Park is pending.

Perry reported some demolition bids are due May 26. He said bids could be awarded by June, with work done by August.

The DPW director noted Twin Bridges has now done about three to four weeks of garbage collection for city residents. He said he is happy with how things are going.

“Most of the cart size changes have been sorted,” Perry stated.

He said that of over 5,000 Twin Bridges waste collection carts distributed to Gloversville properties, about 220 carts ended up being exchanged.

“The streets are cleaner,” Perry said. “The process is cleaner.”

Perry reported DPW has done some patching and street repairs, but a lot of work had to be put off because of recent rain. He said the primary focus in coming days will be patching.

He also commented about Fulton County’s SMART Waters infrastructure plan, as it impacts the city of Gloversville. Fulton County is hiring a private firm to perform an infiltration and inflow study of the Glove Cities’ sewer trunk lines. The work is part of larger sewer infrastructure plan that could eventually involve construction from Northville, south to Johnstown to allow more homes and businesses in Fulton County to tap into municipal sewer lines.

“That’s in the preliminary planning stages,” Perry said.

He said the county’s work will involve installation of some flow meters to obtain “real time” data over the next 10 weeks.

“Now we’ll be able to identify potential problem areas outside the sanitary sewer itself,” Perry said.

If Fulton County’s sewer plan from Northville to Johnstown comes to fruition, he said it will help Gloversville by saving millions of dollars.

“It will be a huge benefit to us,” Perry said.

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