Officials approve town mowings

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors recently authorized nearly $30,000 in 2021 agreements with town highway departments for the mowing this spring and summer of certain county rights-of-way.

The 2021 Fulton County Highway Department budget contains $29,886 for contracts with towns to provide the county with mowing services, according to Superintendent of Highways & Facilities Mark Yost.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee recently approved agreements with the towns. The county pays the towns $425 per mile.

“They mow for us, they mow twice a year,” Yost said.

Towns mow rights-of-way on various designated county roads. The first mowing must be completed by June 30, the second by Sept. 30.

Contracts with municipalities are as follows: Ephratah (7.52 miles) – $3,196; Caroga Lake (7.28 miles) – $3,094; Johnstown (31.99 miles) — $13,595; Northampton (10.72 miles) — $4,598; and Oppenheim (12.71 miles) — $5,401.

In other committee business:

∫ Supervisors authorized awarding of 21 contracts for purchase of lubricants and various construction materials. Bids were opened March 10, 11 and 17 at the County Office Building. Contracts are in effect from May 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022.

∫ The committee accepted $1,604 in insurance money from the State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. Yost noted that an automobile accident last Sept. 12 at County Highways 107 and 126 took down a telephone pole that held up a four-way signal. Yost said that because of many delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stilsing Electric Inc. completed repairs in February.

“The electric service was delayed a little [too] by National Grid,” Yost said.

He said the utility had required a connection fee of $1,604 be paid to connect the service, and the county charged the insurance company, eventually receiving a check.

∫ County officials approved reclassifying a senior maintenance mechanic position to maintenance worker and abolishing a custodial worker position. Yost said total annual savings of both changes will be $45,330.

“We’d like to offer this to one of our custodial workers,” he said.

∫ An existing contract was amended between Brezzy’s Cleaning Service of Gloversville and Fulton County to include 57 E. Fulton St., Gloversville. The county received a $12,700 proposal from Brezzy’s — effective May 1 through Dec. 31 — to include cleaning of windows and removing all trash daily at that county annex site.

∫ Yost also delivered a monthly operations report, in which he noted county highway crews have cleaned up trees from wind, repaired a guide rail on County Highway 123, and patched pot holes. Facilities personnel ran wires at the county Fire Training Center, installed magnets at the County Jail, and did fire alarm system inspection and testing, among other work.

By Patricia Older