Contract authorized for impact statement


JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized a $100,000 contract with Sterling Environmental Engineering P.C. of Latham to prepare a draft/final Environmental Impact Statement on the annexation of land needed for a proposed regional business park.

The proposed business park involves annexation of more than 260 acres of land now in the town of Mohawk into the city of Johnstown. The park, which would get water and sewer service from Johnstown, would be built near the Johnstown Industrial Park off Route 30A, on the border of Fulton and Montgomery counties. Officials in both counties say such a park may lure a large business to the area.

Annexation petitions were filed by two property owners in the town of Mohawk proposing their properties be annexed into the city of Johnstown, Property owners who have applied for the annexation are: Milltown Plaza Inc., Stephen Miller, Jerrold Miller and James Miller.

Supervisors on Monday at the County Office Building entered into a contract with Sterling —one of four proposals received by the county. County Planning Director James Mraz recommended the firm.

The resolution approved requires one-third shares of $33,334 from Fulton County, Montgomery County and the city of Johnstown.

The Board of Supervisors on Dec. 28 authorized seeking requests for proposals to prepare a draft EIS as part of the normal state Environmental Quality Review process for annexation of land to be utilized for the park.

State municipal annexation law requires SEQR work be completed before any action is taken on proposed annexation petitions.

Economic development officials from Fulton and Montgomery counties have worked on the proposed park project for the past several years.

The city of Johnstown and town of Mohawk have for years been trying work out a deal. The same stumbling block that has hindered years of negotiations is the length of the revenue-sharing contract.

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

By Patricia Older

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