County WMD asks for truck

JOHNSTOWN —Fulton County government’s smallest department needs a new truck.

County Weights and Measures Department Director James Callery recently brought one capital project request for 2022 to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee at the County Office Building.

Callery requested a $40,000 2022 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad 4X4 with cab for his one-person department. He said his existing truck is pretty beat up.

“It’s getting tougher and tougher to pass inspection,” he said.

The Public Safety Committee supported passing the request on to the Capital Projects Committee for its review. The Capital Projects Committee meets for the first time in 2021 at 1 p.m. July 22 at the County Office Building.

The Weights and Measures Department does much work at gas stations and supermarkets. In accordance with Article 16 and related New York Agriculture and Markets Law, the department promotes equity and fairness in all consumer transactions involving weight, measure, count or pricing.

Callery annually inspects and tests all commercially used weighing and measuring devices for both accuracy and proper operation. New York state-certified weights and measuring devices are used during these testing procedures.

In other committee business, Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria requested permission to dispose of a 20-year-old battery plant. A proposed resolution was approved supporting disposal.

Santa Maria said that as part of an ongoing communication project, a battery plant was removed from the Broadalbin Tower Site/ He said the plant hasn’t been operational for several years and is past the end of its service life.

He said the battery plant was purchased in 2001 at a cost of $29,071. He said the cost to make it operational again – even if parts were available — would not be a “feasible” option for the county.

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