By MICHAEL ANICH
JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County supervisors on Monday voted to advertise for bids from local municipalities and fire departments interested in acquiring surplus equipment being disposed of by the Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Thomas Lorey recently informed supervisors he has equipment his department no longer has use for, including:?two 2001 GTX Bombardier Seadoo watercraft with trailer, and two 1998 500CC Polaris snowmobiles with Karavan Ultra trailer.
The Board of Supervisors voted Monday at the County Office Building to advertise until 2 p.m. Oct. 16 for bids from local municipalities and fire departments interested in the watercraft and snowmobiles.
Caroga Supervisor Ralph Ottuso said he submitted a letter on behalf of his town's fire departments interested in acquiring the equipment. He said his town has nine lakes and snowmobile trails, asking why he wasn't notified.
County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said the board's Public Safety and Finance Committee recommended the sale of the equipment be available to all agencies through an open bidding process.
"I think it was more of a fairness thing," Stead said.
Stead, the county's purchasing agent, said there may be a $1,500 minimum bid per unit of equipment.
In other board action Monday:
-?Supervisors authorized the board chairman to request the state Department of Transportation administer right-of-way acquisition for the Rail Trail project. The state DOT offered to help acquire the rights-of-way between Dennie's Crossing and County Highway 155 in the town of Mayfield.
-?The board awarded a $79,900 bid to Titan Roofing of Chicopee, Mass., for a roof replacement project at the County Services Complex II on Route 29.
-?The county landfill tipping fee schedule was amended to establish a new "out of county/large load" category as a way to pursue additional dry waste with loads exceeding 25 tons. Such waste is needed to balance with landfill sludge to promote optimal operating requirements, officials said.
-?Contracts approved between the county Youth Bureau and youth agencies for 2013 were: Johnstown Public library, summer reading program - $7,000; Citizens in Community Service, community restitution - $5,900; Citizens in Community Service, youth - $5,400; and Family Counseling Center, counseling services - $5,500.
-?The board renewed property and liability insurance for county departments for 2013-14. The first annual premium was $315,635 and ranged from a $179 fire fee to $74,682 for the county's law enforcement liability premium.
-?Supervisors authorized a contract extension through Dec. 31, 2014, with Kinney Drugs of Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, for pharmacy services at the county jail. State contract pricing is 63.5 percent of the average wholesale price for brand names and 59 percent of the average wholesale price for generic products.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at email@example.com.