County highway dept. discusses plans

Fulton County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost speaks to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee recently at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Highways and Facilities Department recently presented three COVID-19 pandemic-related action items to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee.

Department Superintendent Mark Yost presented a resolution to amend the 2020 budget to include additional state reimbursement of $15,400 for court cleaning costs related to the pandemic.

“I need to increase revenue from the court system,” Yost said.

He said his department received notification from the state Unified Court System it is now requiring mid-day cleaning, daily.

The cost of the services will be $200 per day with 100 percent state reimbursement.

Yost also told the committee that he needs authorization for the board chairman to sign a renewal agreement with the Unified Court System.

The agreement provides reimbursement to Fulton County for cleaning and minor repairs at the County Office Building for the state Unified Court System occupied space.

It also includes the new daily cleaning for COVID-19 at 100 percent reimbursement. The renewal period is retroactive to April 1 and runs through March 31, 2021. The total contract amount is $104,712.

Work contemplated in addition to cleaning was: Family Court bedbug treatment — $1,000; installation of plexi-glass COVID barriers — $2,472; and television installation — $537.

Supervisors approved appropriation of $8,400 in additional funding for county COVID-19 janitorial services for the remainder of 2020.

Yost said the buildings impacted are: Fulton County Office for Aging/Youth, Fulton County Office Building, and the Fort Johnstown Annex Building.

“Those are the buildings we’re been doing additional cleaning in since March,” he said.

Yost said additional COVID-19 cleaning started March 16. He said he’s not sure where the $8,400 needed will come from.

But Perth Supervisor Gregory Fagan asked if the funding will come from county contingency funds, and county Administrative Officer Jon Stead said it probably would.

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

By Patricia Older