County asking state to fix roads

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Kinowski will be sending a letter to the state Department of Transportation asking it to address state road conditions throughout the county.

County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost said this week that the board’s Buildings and Grounds/Highway Committee on Monday approved sending the letter.

Yost noted the committee on June 26 requested a letter sent to DOT asking it to address “poor conditions” on Route 67, from Route 334 in the town of Johnstown to the Montgomery County line.

He recently assessed the condition of the road and determined that only three of that nine-mile piece road needs attention — the portion from Route 334 to Mud Road.

Yost on Monday recommended Kinowski sent a letter to DOT to address all state roads in the county.

Also on Monday, Yost requested and received committee support for a proposed local law. The law would establish an Energize NY Benefit Financing Program in Fulton County. The program is also known as a PACE — Property Assessed Clean Energy program. It would be available to commercial, industrial, agricultural and not-for-profit property owners in the county.

Yost said the intent of the program is for “job creation, keep dollars local, improve building stock and meet sustainability goals.”

He said the program pays 100 percent of the cost of energy efficiency improvements to qualified property. The county also collects the annual tax charge from property owners.

The full board is expected to act on a resolution involving local law on Aug. 14.

By Patricia Older

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