County seeks sign cost reimbursement

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Department is seeking state reimbursement of over $20,000 for the new solar-powered County Airport sign installed off Route 67.

Planning Director Scott Henze recently requested authorization through the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee to submit an application to the state Department of Transportation. The committee supported the action, subject to final approval Monday by the board.

“The [airport] sign you can see out there today,” he said. “The sign was installed this past summer.”

Henze indicated the total final cost of the sign project was $22,536. The county is paying $2,253 or 10 percent; while the state is paying $20,283 or 90 percent.

The resolution supported by the committee supports Henze completing a DOT Equitable Business Opportunities application on behalf of the chairman to seek reimbursement for installation of the new solar-powered sign. A reimbursement request of $20,283 was submitted to DOT based upon a 2018 executed grant agreement.

The entire airport sign project goes back to 2017 when the Board of Supervisors authorized submission of an application to DOT for an Aviation Capital Grant to install a sign. In January 2018, the state announced Fulton County was awarded a $27,000 grant.

The project consisted of removal of two dilapidated entrance signs at the airport and the construction and installation of a new entrance sign with a concrete base that was internally lit, was solar-powered, and measured four-foot high, by 15 feet long.

In June 2019, the board authorized an agreement with AJ Sign Co. to construct and install the sign in the amount of $18,230. The Fulton County Highways and Facilities Department purchased and installed the solar application at a cost of $4,306.

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

By Patricia Older