Water district seeds optimism

GLOVERSVILLE — Fulton County’s new Water District No. 2 has only one connection, but county and city of Gloversville officials say more connections will likely occur in the future.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last March 13 established the county’s second water district, which will serve the Hales Mills Road Extension area from the city of Gloversville to the town of Johnstown.

County officials hope to attract new housing, commercial and retail ventures, and grow the tax base while creating jobs and improving quality of life. The county is establishing public water services along the road to build on retail development begun a few years ago with the nearby Gloversville Walmart Supercenter on South Kingsboro Avenue Extension.

County Planning Director Scott Henze said Monday it is his understanding only one property owner – the same figure as last fall – was connected into the new 6,075 linear foot, 12-inch waterline for the district.

R.B. Robinson Contracting of Candor, Tioga County, contracted with Fulton County for $690,340 to construct the waterline in 2017. The firm tapped the new waterline for four property owners and installed a three-quarter-inch service lateral to each property line. But the property owner is responsible to run the lateral into their house or building.

The waterline was installed on the west side of Hales Mills Road Extension. Borings were made under Route 29 to connect the new waterline into an existing line on the south side of Route 29.

“If anyone wants to be connected, they have to go to the Gloversville Water Department and make a request,” Henze said.

The county in 2015 executed an agreement with the city of Gloversville allowing the county to purchase up to 2 million gallons of water per day from Gloversville and sell anywhere in Fulton County.

Gloversville Water Superintendent Christopher Satterlee verified Monday that only one connection exists with Water District No. 2. He said it is L&L Embroidery Inc. — a sportwear and embroidery business located at 113 Hales Mills Road Extension.

“There’s three other properties that have the potential,” Satterlee said.

They include a farm property on Route 29, and the UPS Customer Service Center on Van Road in Gloversville.

But officials expect more hookups in Water District No. 2 in the future.

The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency on its website envisions the proposed 490-acre Hales Mills development area as “a vibrant, walkable and accessible neighborhood featuring housing, retail, commerce and recreational opportunities in a picturesque environment.”

“The Hales Mills development area is a hallmark project that offers an entirely new neighborhood whose mix of uses give it a unique place among Fulton County’s neighborhood options,” the IDA site advertises. “Healthy traffic counts with average daily traffic counts of over 2,500 on Hales Mill Road Extension and 6,300 on Route 29. Located just five minutes from downtown Johnstown and Gloversville, which have a combined population of nearly 24,000 people. Close to existing retail destinations including a Walmart Supercenter within a quarter mile and Peebles and Price Chopper within one mile of the development area.”

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

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