Highway budget exceeds spending

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government did well financially paving this year, with a $400,000 surplus left over from what was originally projected.

“There’s going to be money to roll over to next year,” county Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost said Monday.

Yost reported to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee that the county’s 2018 road construction budget exceeded actual 2018 expenditures by $409,200.

He said that while estimating project costs for 2018, the county anticipated an increase in asphalt prices from the prior year. But he said actual bid prices for asphalt paving actually came in lower than 2017 prices, resulting in overall project savings.

In addition to the $409,200 in extra road construction money, Yost said the county can expect another $140,000 in extreme winter recovery funding, which wasn’t counted on.

“This is a very good thing,” said committee Chairman Gregory Fagan of Perth.

In other facilities business, Yost recommended two, one-year department contracts for 2019. They are: Stanwyck Avionics Inc., for the Fulton County Airport’s non-directional beacon and weather observation system — $6,000; and Tyco Simplex Grinnel for fire alarm testing — $5,634.

“Those are the only two we have — annual contracts that exceed $5,000 and aren’t bid on,” Yost said.

The committee supported the contracts, with full board final approval set for Nov. 12.

Supervisors approved several 2019 contract awards, including a $15,000 for Brezzy’s Cleaning Service for custodial services at the county Office for Aging/Youth building and Fort Johnstown Annex. A contract was awarded to Midnight Oil Co. for heating oil for certain county buildings. A $6,394 contract received preliminary approval for County Waste & Recycling Service Inc. for waste removal at the county jail.

The committee also did a budget amendment involving a $5,387 insurance check. Yost said the money was received for the Highway and Facilities Department’s 2017 Dodge RAM 1500 that was involved in an Oct. 2 motor vehicle accident.

In his operations report, Yost said highway crews are getting tandem plows ready for the winter. He said the facilities staff removed concrete and leveled ground for new curb and sidewalk in front of the Public Health Department and Sheriff’s Department on Route 29.

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

By Josh Bovee

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