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County sets hearing on proposed 2013 capital plan

October 13, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday set a public hearing for next month on the county's proposed $7.2 million 2013 capital plan, which has less of a tax levy compared to other years.

The board scheduled a public hearing on the plan for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the second floor Supervisor's Chambers at the County Office Building. After the hearing, supervisors can still alter the plan up until the 2013 budget is adopted - probably in late November or early December.

The 2013 capital plan totals $7.2 million for next year. Only $312,000 would be taken from the county property tax levy to pay for the plan, with state and financial aid and dedicated capital reserves paying for the bulk of the projects.

"As far as an impact on the tax levy, this is the smallest capital plan the past 20 or 30 years," said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

The proposed 2013 capital plan includes a $70,000 roof project for the County Services Complex II, which includes the Public Health Department on Route 29.

Other proposed capital funding includes a total of $184,217 for the county Information Services-Printing Department. That total includes $150,000 for software replacement in the county, $20,545 for a personal computer upgrade and $13,672 for a server upgrade.

Two patrols cars for the county Sheriff's Department are proposed in the capital plan at $64,000.

An Automated Weather Observing System for the county airport is set as a $200,000 project, but federal funding covers 95 percent of the cost for airport projects.

County Weights and Measures Director Neil Daley will receive a $18,000 pickup truck with cap through the capital plan.

Among the larger capital projects on the 2013 list is the proposed Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center project in Perth. The project - receiving a $2 million state grant boost - will convert the old Tryon juvenile detention facility into county business park space.

The plan includes $3.5 million for highway projects and equipment, and another $620,000 for the county Department of Solid Waste.

Proposed landfill projects include a $550,000 compactor.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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