County mulls selling building

The former Fulton County Probation Department building on East Fulton Street in Gloversville, as seen Monday, is being considered to be sold. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government is considering putting its former county Probation Department building in Gloversville up for sale.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee voted Monday at the County Office Building to put out requests for proposal to sell the 64 E. Fulton St. building. The action — brought up by the county Highways and Facilities Department — will eventually go before the full board.

Supervisors discussed what to do regarding disposal of the former probation building, which has been vacant since probation moved across the street in April. The Probation Department is now situated in larger spaces at the county annex building at 57 E. Fulton St.. Also housed there are the county Public Defender’s Office and the county Community Services Department.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said the county has several options, such as keeping the building for “future needs” of county government or mothballing it. The Gloversville Public Library is adjacent to the building.

Stead noted that the county wasn’t successful in selling the annex building after it transferred the former county Mental Health Department Services to St. Mary’s Healthcare, which ended up leasing that building. But the county decided after St. Mary’s got out of its annex lease to bring in probation and the public defender, which both needed more space.

County officials said Monday that at least trying to market the probation building for sale is a good idea.

“I think the library and some other entities might be interested, but we don’t know until we put it out there,” Stead said.

In other Highways and Facilities Department items:

∫ The committee decided to authorize three proposed resolutions involving extension of custodial services contracts for Brezzy Cleaning Service. The contracts are each for 2020 and are: $37,050 for the Department of Social Services’ Cooper Building; $39,600 for Fulton County Complex I and II; and $16,000 for the Fort Johnstown Annex and county Office for Aging building.

∫ Supervisors approved a separate resolution to extend the county’s uniform services contract with Century Linen & Uniform for another two years. The contract covers uniforms for the Highway Department and the Solid Waste Department.

∫ Approved was a proposed resolution to authorize the bidding process for janitorial services at the County Office Building. The contract will be for 2020, with the option of extensions for 2021 and 2022. Bids would be authorized Sept. 9, opened Oct. 16, and awarded Nov. 12.

∫ The committee also authorized the bidding process for waste removal at the County Jail, with bids awarded Nov. 12.

∫ In the operations report, highway crews were busy completing paving on County Highways 122, 138, 158 and 119. Facilities crews conducted a boiler inspection at the County Office Building, and ran wires for the Sheriff’s Department cameras.

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

By Josh Bovee

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