Fulton County sets hearing on capital plan

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing on the county’s proposed 2014 capital plan for Nov. 12 at the County Office Building.

The hearing will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. in the supervisors’ chambers.

The board’s Capital Projects Committee met before the full board meeting Tuesday and finalized the proposed plan that will go before the public. It is a proposed $8.8 million plan, heavy with several projects through the county Planning Department. Among those projects is the $2 million plan for road paving as part of the Tryon Technology and Incubator Center project in the town of Perth next year.

Property taxes in the 2014 county budget would pay for $789,000 of the overall plan.

Gloversville 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael F. Gendron said the committee should take the proposed $40,000 centralized records storage facility expansion project out of the 2014 capital plan. The committee agreed. The plan would have expanded the storage facility at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

“It’s never easy to cut something because it’s always important to somebody,” Gendron said.

County Planning Director James Mraz said the records storage project originally was proposed to help the county Personnel Department.

“They can survive another year, but this would give them a better facility,” Mraz said.

The committee voted 3-2 to leave in the plan an estimated $1.8 million countywide energy conservation project sought by the county Highways and Facilities Department.

Johnstown 3rd Ward Supervisor Jack Callery, chairman of the Finance Committee, had made the motion to pull the project.

The county on Oct. 9 received requests for proposals for the project.

“We haven’t even reviewed them yet,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Stead became irritated during discussion at the committee session about possibly taking the plan out before the RFPs had been reviewed. He said work went into putting together proposals related to the project.

“Why did the board waste our time?” Stead asked. “They studied all your [county] buildings for three months.”

He said for the sake of the county’s “credibility” with its vendors, the proposals should at least be reviewed before the project pulled.

Gendron agreed the RFPs should at least be reviewed now that they were solicited. He noted the 2014 county budget hasn’t been adopted yet.

“The data will prove whether it’s a worthwhile project,” he said.

Michael Anich can be reached at [email protected].

By -