Single-stream recycling wins praise

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville supervisor on Monday praised the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste’s six-month-old Single-Stream Recycling Program.

Gloversville 4th Ward Supervisor Charles Potter said he’s noticed the residents of his ward are doing well with single-stream collection.

“It’s pleasing to see the residents are complying,” he told the Board of Supervisors at the County Office Building.

Residents must now put all recyclables curbside in lidded containers with free county stickers affixed. Bags are not to be used, with the exception of for shredded paper. Single-stream recycling in one bin includes paper, plastic, metal and glass goods.

Potter said when he travels through his ward, he notices Gloversville residents have barrels with lids and single-stream recycling stickers.

”It seems like it’s really working well,” Potter said.

The supervisor praised the Department of Solid Waste and Johnstown 4th Ward Supervisor William Waldron, who chairs the Economic Development/Environment Committee. That panel oversees the department.

In other reports, county Planning Director James Mraz told the board that economic issues will be discussed at a “special” program involving members of the Site Selectors Guild. The event is 7:30 to 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Johnstown Holiday Inn.

“There are only 47 [guild members] worldwide,” Mraz said.

The event is supported by a National Grid economic development grant.

In regular business:

∫ The board authorized a grant agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration for design services for a runway and taxiway lighting and perimeter fencing program at the County Airport. A previous resolution authorized a $97,000 engineering design contract with Passero Associates.

“This is part of our 2017 capital project,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

∫ Supervisors voted to contract for $19,500 with Hunden Strategic Partners of Chicago for a hotel/motel market assessment and analysis.

∫ The board authorized a uniform allowance for the positions of assistant public health director and director of communications.

∫ A resolution was passed authorizing a memorandum of understanding with the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office for joint investigations, effective through December 2021. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino requested the agreement that the resolution said will “formalize the relationship” between the two counties and their police forces. A separate resolution was approved to provide Hamilton County with E-911 backup services.

∫ The board authorized county participation in the legal defense of two proposed assessment reductions. One would reduce the assessment of the Johnstown Mall in the city of Johnstown from $8.5 million to $6 million. The other legal action would reduce the assessment of Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare from $3.5 million to $700,000.

County supervisors voted in 2013 to allow county involvement in such assessment challenges, in part if it is determined it is “in the best interest of the county.”

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

By Patricia Older

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