County looks to upgrade the airport

Fulton County Planning Director Scott Henze discusses projects with county supervisors last week at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is looking to sign a grant agreement with the state Department of Transportation for projects earmarked for the County Airport.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee authorized the board chairman to execute a grant agreement with DOT for both the runway and taxiway lighting and perimeter fencing construction project, as well as the new connector taxiway design project. The full board will finalize the resolution Monday.

“These projects are in the five-year [airport] capital plan,” Henze told the committee.

Henze said the Federal Aviation Administration awarded Fulton County a grant for both this year’s airport projects, awarding both non-primary entitlement funding, as well as discretionary funding. He said a grant agreement has been executed with the FAA.

But Henze said DOT requires execution of a separate grant agreement for its 5 percent share of non-primary entitlement funding.

In an activities report, Henze reported on progress involving creation of county Sewer District No. 2 in Vail Mills.

“Everything seems to be going on rather smoothly, a little delayed,” he said.

Henze said a low pressure main has been installed along Bellen Road. He said a gravity main was about half-installed south along Route 30 to Black Street.

Concerning county Sewer District No. 3 in Meco, Henze said the county recently received a map, plan and report from engineers. He said the county will commence a required state Environmental Quality Review process and schedule a public hearing for Dec. 11.

Henze reported on the second phase of Tryon Technology Park’s phase II upgrade project, as well as the park’s primary electric upgrade project. He said the county’s Solid Waste and Highway departments have provided excellent assistance.

The $500,000 County Office Building renovation project’s front area facing West Main Street in Johnstown is “coming together.” Henze said that work has included demolition of the original steps, concrete for a handicap ramp, and granite steps.

“Right now, we are working on the decorative railing,” Henze said.

He said the first phase of project work will be completed once the railing is installed.

Most of Henze’s proposed 2019 Planning Department contracts included work by Henze and his staff for other municipalities.

“The majority of them are obviously the planning agreements with municipalities,” he said.

Those agreements were: city of Gloversville — $3,000; town of Broadalbin — $2,400; town of Caroga — $1,500; town of Ephratah — $1,000; town of Johnstown — $6,500; town of Mayfield — $4,500; town of Northampton — $1,200; town of Perth — $5,000; village of Northville — $400. The planning agency also has agreements with James Mraz — $15,000 for consultant services; and Elan Planning — $50,000 for consulting services.

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

By Kerry Minor

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