County to demolish 8 dilapidated properties

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday referred eight county-owned, city of Gloversville parcels to the county demolition team to be razed.

The demolition team — established by the county in 2001 — has been used in the county’s Operation Green Scene program to demolish dilapidated residential properties and foster rehabilitation.

The county in 2004 authorized an intermunicipal agreement with Gloversville to assume property tax collection and enforcement on delinquent properties.

Supervisors on Monday authorized the demolition team administered through the county Department of Solid Waste to raze and clean up the following county-owned parcels in Gloversville, listed with their former owners: 14 Division St., Michael VanAllen; 49 Burr St., Larry Warner; 46 Burr St., Andrew Brae; 215 S. Main St., Brian Albanese; 39 Maple St., Edward Loux; 69 S. Judson St., Herbert Buyce; 8 Curtis St., Francesco Bianco; 19 Wilson St., Richard Green.

Demolition work will likely begin in 2017 and properties will eventually be prepared for public sale.

In other business:

∫ The board approved final tax levies for the county’s municipalities.

“This is our annual process to put in tax levies for each of the 10 towns and the two cities,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Final 2017 levies for the municipalities follow: city of Gloversville — $3.18 million; city of Johnstown — $3.7 million; town of Bleecker — $1.16 million; town of Broadalbin — $3.78 million; town of Caroga — $3.08 million; town of Ephratah — $3.58 million; town of Johnstown — $4.96 million; town of Mayfield — $4.94 million; town of Northampton – $3.63 million; town of Oppenheim — $1.72 million; town of Perth — $2.61 million; town of Stratford — $1.49 million.

∫ Supervisors authorized a memorandum of understanding between the county and Rural Law Center of New York Inc. to provide mandated appeals representation for the county Probation Department. The firm will be paid $2,000 per regular appeals, and $4,000 per appeal when transcripts exceed 2,000 pages.

∫ The board authorized a $6,000 agreement with Stanwyck Avionics Inc. of Newburgh, Orange County, for maintenance services for the County Airport’s non-directional and weather observation systems for 2017.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

By Chad Fleck

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