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Fulton County drops study from capital plan

November 19, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently amended the county's 2012 capital plan to delete a proposed highway study the county couldn't secure state money for.

Fulton County's $90,000 application to the state Department of State sought a 2012 Local Government Efficiency Grant to fund a study to possibly consolidate highway departments in the county. But it was rejected Oct. 15.

Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Mark Yost, Planning Director James Mraz and the board's Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee all recommended the highway study project be deleted from the capital plan.

Northampton Supervisor Linda Kemper asked if the county can resubmit for the same state funding in a future round.

"We haven't talked about it yet in committee," answered county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Board Chairman Michael F. Gendron said it is possible the board can relook at seeking highway study funding again in 2013.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors in February authorized the application to the state, seeking money to pay for a study to measure municipal highway efficiency throughout the county. The county scheduled a $100,000 capital project for 2012 to do the study, contingent on grant funding. The county intended to pay a $10,000 local share.

Supervisors proposed the county, a consultant and local governments work together to provide an objective analysis regarding how county, town, city and village highway departments operate and maintain their facilities, equipment and roads. The consultant would have looked at equipment, inventory and various salting and sanding issues. There are 725 miles of county, town, city and village roads in the county.

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



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