Board approves college upgrades

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved over $65,000 worth of change orders for Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Student Union improvements project.

Change orders represent money added to original contracts, and the board approved three resolutions at the County Office Building as part of the 2015 capital plan. The change orders totalled $65,135.

The board approved a $35,000 change order with Bast Hatfield of Clifton Park. The firm is doing general construction for the FMCC Student Union improvement project and the change order increases its contract from $1,551,000 to $1,586,000. FMCC officials proposed adding renovations to the project, including: new carpeting in several rooms, new ceiling and paint in the Large Lounge and new sod.

Supervisors also authorized a $27,800 change order with electrical contractor LaCorte Companies of Troy. Added were: new lights, switches and outlets in the Large Lounge; and new lights in the upper lobby. The new contract amount is $156,827.

In addition, the board authorized a $2,335 change order with Adirondack Cabling Inc. of Albany for installation of an exterior camera on the Student Union Building. The new contract amount is $35,742.

In another FMCC matter, the board passed an annual resolution appropriating the county’s share to the college for the academic year. The county appropriated about $1.5 million for operating expenses. The county issues four installments of about $373,955 from September through June.

In other business, the board authorized acceptance of Performance Incentive Award funds and purchase of certain equipment for use in the county Public Health Department. The department received an $11,500 award from the state Department of Health for electronic reporting of disease and environmental health inspections.

“This was one of the resolutions withdrawn two weeks ago so we could itemize the items,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Equipment to be purchased by the Public Health Department include: 10 computer monitors, five monitor stands, five computers, four laptops, one projector, one screen and miscellaneous hardware.

Gloversville 4th Ward Supervisor Charles Potter welcomed new Caroga Supervisor Beth Morris to the board.

“You’re in good hands and you’ll represent the county very well,” Potter said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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