County looks to buy $233K truck

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Highways and Facilities Department is eyeing purchase of a $233,469 dump truck.

The purchase of the tandem truck and plow is budgeted in the county’s 2019 capital plan for $250,000, department Superintendent Mark Yost reminded the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee last week at the County Office Building.

“I just wanted to have a little extra money to fix it, back then, rather than coming back to the committee,” Yost said.

The county is purchasing a 2020 Western Star tandem dump truck with plow. Yost is utilizing an Onondaga County bid contract extended to all political subdivisions and districts in New York state. The $233,469 vehicle is being purchased from Tracey Road Equipment of East Syracuse.

In other business, the committee authorized the annual bidding process for construction materials, asphalt paving and lubricants. The board will approve the bid process Monday. Bid results will be reviewed at the March 25 Public Works Committee meeting, with bid awards made by the board at its April 8 meeting.

Supervisors supported authorizing advertisement for bids for an $80,000 roof replacement project at the County Annex Building, 57 E. Fulton St., Gloversville. The bidding process is due to be approved by the board Monday, with a contract awarded April 8. The project is slated to be done between April and July.

Yost recommended accelerating the roof replacement project to “prevent any damage to our recent renovations.”

The project has been identified in the county’s 2020 capital plan. But Yost said that considering renovations are occurring in the building for probation, community services and the new public defender offices, it was recommended the project be moved to the county’s 2019 capital plan.

“This will have to be an amendment to the capital plan,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

In his operations report, Yost said the highway staff has been doing snow and ice removal on county highways and at the Fulton County Airport. Crews have also done tree and brush removal due to high winds, and are patching potholes. Yost said the facilities crew also has moved the public defender to the annex, done interior painting and other jobs there, and fixed generator coolant lines at County Services Complex II 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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