Bids opened for county project

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead, assisted by Briana Chittenden, reads bids opened for the County Office Building renovation project Wednesday at that building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — A Montgomery County construction firm was the low base bidder Wednesday at $364,000 for Fulton County’s large County Office Building renovation project to be done this summer in downtown Johnstown.

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead conducted the bid opening, relating that R&B Construction of Bullhead Road in Amsterdam was the low bidder for the project. The firm submitted a $364,000 base bid, as well as $33,000 worth of three alternative bids.

Stead said two bids were submitted for the project.

Fulton County’s 2017 capital plan contains a $500,000 appropriation for the renovation project. Fulton County previously received a $450,000 State and Municipal Facilities Program Grant through former state Sen. Hugh T. Farley.

“We have enough money to do the project,” said county consultant James Mraz, following the bid opening.

Stead said the other bidder for the project was A.J. Catalfamo Construction Co. of Hudson Falls, which submitted a base bid of $519,350. That firm also submitted three alternative bids totalling $54,600.

Mraz said the next step for the Fulton County Planning Department is to verify the bids.

He said action on the potential low bidder may occur at the next Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee meeting. That panel meets at 1 p.m. March 26, for recommendations to the full board on April 9. A construction contract is due to be awarded that date.

A late summer, early fall construction completion date is anticipated, possibly by Labor Day, officials say.

The County Office Building renovation at West Main and North William streets is expected to include this work:

Construction of a new handicap Main Street entrance to the office building, replacement of existing handicap ramp off North William Street entrance to the office building, replacing all existing sidewalks along North William and West Main Streets and all sidewalks to entrances to the office building, construction of a new historical trail with historical markers in space adjacent to the Fulton County Courthouse.

Installation of new exterior signage along North William and West Main streets, installation of new landscaping, reconstruction of the parking lot, cleaning of limestone on the office building, paint wood trim on the historic courthouse, refinish exterior doors to the front entrance to the courthouse, and replacement of a broken window pane.

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

By Patricia Older

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