Bottling plant to get electricity

JOHNSTOWN – National Grid is scheduled to complete electrical service to C.G. Roxane’s new 170,000-square-foot springwater bottling plant by Sunday, a Fulton County official said Tuesday.

County Planning Director James Mraz told the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development-Environment Committee all of the company’s equipment was delivered and in the process of being installed.

He said Nation Grid’s electrical power work is due to be done by Sunday.

The $25 million facility is in the middle of an isolated three-mile stretch of Watershed Road, between Murray Hill Road and County Highway 116, about a mile east of the Canajoharie reservoir and half-mile southeast of the Rockwood State Forest.

The company’s building has been constructed, but it has been operating on limited power with generators, awaiting the final electrical hookup from National Grid. The utility has to construct a new substation in the town of Ephratah to accommodate CG Roxane’s needs.

Mraz said company officials from Europe are coming in to oversee the start-up of the plant soon. He said new employees will have to be trained and there will have to be a state Department of Health inspection before C.G. Roxane can produce bottled water.

Title issue

Elsewhere in his report to supervisors, Mraz mentioned the state still hasn’t yet transfered title of the former Tryon Detention Facility to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency.

“We would hope it would be in the second quarter,” Mraz said. “That seemed to be where we’re headed.”

The IDA, for which Mraz serves as executive director, is creating a new Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center at the site.

Mraz said a property line survey was completed by Ferguson and Foss Surveyors of Johnstown. He said the survey was approved by the state Office General Services. Total acreage at Tryon is about 516 acres.

He said C.T. Male Associates of Latham also completed an environmental site assessment at Tryon, and asbestos materials were found in some buildings.

“The finding of asbestos there certainly is of no surprise to anyone,” Mraz said.

He said asbestos only “becomes an issue” at the Tryon site if there is a desire to completely remove a building with asbestos materials.

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

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