Agreement renewal sought

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors this week endorsed separate agreements between the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and two other counties.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee on Monday approved a proposed resolution to renew a mutual aid agreement between the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The full board will consider final approval of the resolution March 13.

“It’s just renewing an agreement between the counties,” Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino said Wednesday.

Giardino said the agreement relates to 911 grants and communications mutual aid between Fulton and Montgomery counties.

The sheriff is seeking permission to renew the agreement retroactively to Jan. 1, 2017 and running through Dec. 31, 2021. The approval is also subject to approval by the Montgomery County Legislature.

The initial mutual aid agreement between Fulton and Montgomery counties was adopted on July 11, 2011. That agreement expired Dec. 31.

Among the tenants of the agreement are a call for efficient utilization of public safety dispatch services, enhanced interoperability for voice and data, for shared telecommunications systems, training of law enforcement officers, development of joint policies and the possibility of obtaining and maintaining shared equipment.

The Public Safety Committee on Monday also approved a request to enter into an intermunicipal agreement with Oneida County to provide security services at the Central New York Psychiatric Center for 2017-19.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department’s current agreement with Oneida County expired Dec. 31.

Giardino said Oneida County provides security for any inmates from Fulton County that may be housed at the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy, Onondaga County.

This service is on a contingency basis. The sheriff said there is no cost associated with it unless the inmates are housed at the psychiatric center. The cost paid to Oneida County is $165 per day, per inmate for maintaining custody of Fulton County inmates while at Central New York Psychiatric Center.

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

By Patricia Older

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