Bid award for renovation delayed

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County has decided to delay until May the awarding of bids for a historic County Courthouse exterior renovation project.

County Superintendent of Highways Mark Yost last week intended to advance a proposed resolution before the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee to advertise for bids for the project, with bids opened in March and awarded in April.

But Yost told the committee that in talking to the architect — Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture & Preservation LLP of Albany — the process must be delayed. The firm was hired by the county to provide a building evaluation and document preparation services.

“I’m not convinced he’s going to have everything ready by [next Monday] to go out to bid,” he said.

County officials decided to pull the proposed resolution, which will probably be reintroduced in March to time for May awards. The project is part of a $125,000 2020 capital plan.

Fulton County was notified in early 2019 it was successfully awarded a $100,000 State and Municipal Facilities, or SAMS Grant toward exterior courthouse renovations.

In other Department of Highways and Facilities business before the committee:

∫ Supervisors proposed authorizing advertising for bids for a wood chipper for highway crews. The county’s 2020 capital plan identifies a $71,500 budget for a new wood chipper. The bid is expected to be awarded April 6.

∫ The committee proposed the sale of a 1972 generator through Auctions International. An estimated minimum bid for the equipment — taken out of service — was $500.

∫ A proposed resolution passed authorizing annual bidding for county construction materials, asphalt paving and lubricants. Bid opening dates will be March 11,12 and 18.

∫ The committee supported execution of a $4,760 agreement with DM Romeyn Civil Engineering Design PLLC of Gloversville for professional services for a pole barn addition to County Complex I off Route 29. The county’s 2020 capital plan allows for engineering services to develop plans, specifications and construction oversight for the project.

∫ Another proposal approved by the committee was a $10,000 contract with Bell Engineering of Albany for engineering services for a superstructure replacement design on the North Bush Road Bridge over Pecks Creek in the town of Johnstown. Yost recommended hiring a licensed professional engineer to design the project, which includes a new bridge deck, galvanized stringers and steel bridge railings.

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

By Kerry Minor

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