County hosts ribbon cutting for renovation

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government will conduct a public ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to officially open the newly reconstructed main entrance to the County Office Building.

The ceremony will take place outside the main entrance at 223 W. Main St. Work was a major component of the first phase an overall $500,000 County Office Building exterior renovation project. The project has been ongoing since the summer. The project rebuilt the main entrance to provide better access, more safety and adapt a new handicap accessible ramp to better serve the public.

Other improvements have included new sidewalks and curbs around the building, parking lot repaving and a new “Historic Features Walkway” to highlight the Johnstown area’s historic sites.

The overall project is a cooperative effort led by the county’s Planning, and Highways and Facilities departments. Project design was by Steven E. Smith, P.E. Engineering and Architecture of Gloversville; construction by R & B Construction of Amsterdam; and several other local companies provided materials and/or labor. Former state Sen. Hugh Farley obtained a State and Municipal Facilities Grant of $450,000 to largely make the project feasible, with the balance of funding coming from county capital improvement reserves.

By Kerry Minor

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