Electric project picks up steam

JOHNSTOWN — A long-stagnant primary electric project for the Tryon Technology Park is picking up steam.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead recently informed the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee that National Grid is moving on its part of the project, finalizing design changes.

“National Grid has been getting additional details,” he said.

Fulton County and the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, the latter being the owner of the park, have been working with National Grid for many months to provide upgraded primary electrical service to the site.

The Planning Department submitted information to the utility on new electric service for a wastewater pump station, water booster station, and an elevated tank.

Providing a Planning Department activities report to the committee, Stead recounted that officials some time ago received and processed an Empire State Development proposal for $100,000 for a 2018 Consolidated Funding Application grant awarded the project. Local officials met with National Grid representatives in April, and National Grid began working on a design for the Tryon project.

The utility is now finalizing the design and cost estimates for the project, which Stead said is a “major milestome.”

Stead said the next step is to get the Fulton County Soil & Water to do some work at Tryon.

To date, the Planning Department said four cost estimates were received for portions of work. Officials are waiting on a final cost proposal prior to a project start.

“It looks like we’re going to be just under budget,” Stead said.

The county at one time put the actual project estimate at $600,000, but that figure may have changed. County officials say the existing primary electric service at Tryon is unreliable and insufficient to meet the park’s future needs. Fulton County has been awarded a $100,000 ESD capital grant to help pay down the cost of the electrical upgrade project.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

By Josh Bovee

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