New fittings approved at sewer plant

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board recently approved a $325,000 bid from an Albany County firm to install new heating-ventilation-air conditioning equipment in one of the sewer plant’s buildings.

The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s Administration Building will be the recipient of the new HVAC equipment.

Board members accepted a $325,000 bid submitted by Stants Capital Combustion of Latham. Two bids were received, with Stants being the low bidder. The bid was for evaluation, modification and/or installation of HVAC equipment as part of the sewer plant’s 2020 capital plan.

In other recent board business:

∫ Arcadis staff updated the board on a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority FlexTech Study to evaluate the feasibility of installing a thermal sludge dryer to dewater biosolids prior to landfill disposal. The company recommended large-scale bench testing and site visits to facilities using sludge dryers.

∫ The board ratified a 2020-24 collective bargaining agreement between the board and Teamsters Local 294.

∫ Board Chairman John Rizzo reported the resignation of fellow board member Dale Trumbull was received Feb. 7, effective immediately. Rizzo read a letter of appreciation for Trumbull’s four years of service on the board. The board is awaiting notification from the city of Gloversville on an appointment of his replacement.

∫ Board member Craig Talarico reported Johnstown 4th Ward Councilman Maxwell Spritzer inquired about possible installation of solar panels at the facility. It was noted the facility generates its own power by using excess biogas, and adequate solar space is not available.

∫ In the personnel area, the board accepted the retirement of facility Lead Operator Thomas Ambrosino, who leaves Friday after 30 years of service. Plant Manager Wallace Arnold also reported two facility operator trainee positions are open, with the board approving Justin Cotter for one, effective March 2 at an hourly wage of $23.30.

∫ The board authorized advertisement for bids for sale of an obsolete facility 1992 Ford Ranger, that won’t pass inspection. It will be sold as is, with no warranties or guarantees.

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

By Kerry Minor

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