County endorses city’s $10M bid

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday endorsed the city of Gloversville’s 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative application that seeks a $10 million state grant.

The city plans to submit the DRI application to the state to fund milestone projects and initiatives downtown.

County officials issued an endorsing resolution that states: “The city of Gloversville’s DRI plan is transformative and will boost economic growth in the city, as well as the county as a whole. The city’s plan is forward-thinking and innovative and has the potential to spur new private investment throughout the city.”

In another Gloversville matter, supervisors wrote off 2015-17 delinquent taxes totalling $2,895 on a city-owned parcel at 14 Temple St. The city had received a donation of the property, but it has extensive damage and is a safety issue, officials said. The city will be demolishing the property and asked the board of supervisors to waive the taxes owed to facilitate prompt clean up of the site.

The $2,895 in taxes waived was broken down this way: city taxes — $2,496 for 2015-17; county taxes — $102 for 2017; and school taxes — $296 for 2016.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead told the board the Fulton County Demolition Team will be used, but not as the typical Operation Greene Scene program in Gloversville.

“Our demolition team will be assisting, but it will be their [Gloversville’s] costs,” Stead.

In other business:

∫ The board approved a $141,694 change order with Lipini Construction Inc. of Utica for the exterior renovation project at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

∫ Supervisors voted to execute a required Empire State Development incentive proposal between Fulton County and the state. The county has been notified that it was awarded a grant to fund 20 percent, or $148,000 of the cost of a Hales Mills Road Extension waterline project. Supervisors in 2016 authorized a state consolidated funding application for the 2017 capital project. Application fees were put at $2,480.

∫ The board terminated the Interconnect Cities Water System project, as part of the Smart Waters 2016 capital plan. The proposed water project was one Fulton County has tried to spur between the Glove Cities. The Johnstown City Water Board on April 10 passed a motion to authorize the water department to advise Fulton County that the city of Johnstown “administration” does not intend to proceed with what it called an “intercity connection” project.

The sticking point is fluoridation. Both cities have decided not to pursue the project. Johnstown voters rejected fluoridation for that city decades ago, but Gloversville has fluoridation. County officials have said that for the sake of the county’s Smart Waters initiative projects, the cities must be on the same page with fluoridation.

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

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