Equipment purchases planned

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator’s Office is considering purchase of more than $20,000 worth of equipment out of a previous federal grant awarded to the county.

Coordinator Allan Polmateer reminded the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee last week the county received a $125,000 federal Hazardous Materials Grant for 2011.

“So far, we’ve spent $74,000 of that grant,” he said.

Polmateer requested and received committee approval of a 2013 county budget amendment to purchase another $20,436 worth of equipment and supplies out of the grant. The full board must give final approval April 8.

Polmateer said his office wants to purchase: four ammonia and chlorine detectors – $6,227; 12 throat microphones – $9,218; and two encapsulated suits – $4,991.

In other committee action, Sheriff Thomas Lorey received approval to amend the 2013 county budget to transfer $789 in funds for purchase of three new printers in his department. The full board votes April 8 to approve the resolution.

“We need new ones,” Lorey said. “This is just transferring money. It’s not new money.”

Lorey said he didn’t identify a need for any new printers during the budget process, but three different sheriff’s department printers have malfunctioned the past several months.

The committee also appointed Kelly J. Collins of Johnstown – a Frontier Communications telecommunications technician – to the Fulton County Traffic Board, effective through Dec. 31.

“We have had a couple people apply the last couple months for some of the advisory boards,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

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