Board gets scoop on ice cream shop

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Planning Board on Tuesday saw no regional impact for local businessman Joseph Semione’s latest venture – a new ice cream shop in Meco.

“This is for the old Meco Fire Department building [property],” county Senior Planner Sean Geraghty told the board at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

The board had to do a state-required review of the project because it is on a highway, deciding to remain “neutral.”

Geraghty said Semione, of Gloversville, has a site plan currently before the Johnstown Town Planning Board. He wants to construct a new ice cream shop on the former firehouse building property he owns at County Highways 101 and 122.

Semione is currently going through the state Environmental Quality Review process.

He said the new business – to be named Meco Perfect Scoop – would be an addition to the property.

Semione currently operates a cleaning business and a bottle and can redemption center at the property, Geraghty noted.

With his new plan, Geraghty said, Semione wants to add a 900-square-foot building with a 450-square-foot covered area to the east side of the property along County Highway 101. He said the building would be used as a new ice cream shop. Benches and picnic tables also would be provided under the covered area and along the side of the new building.

“He’s going to be providing eight parking spaces out front,” Geraghty said.

Geraghty said Semione is working with the state Department of Health, state Department of Environmental Conservation and the county Highways and Facilities Department on the project. Sometime this week, he said, DEC is slated to look at a wetland on the “back end” of Semione’s property. Some of the soil in the back may have to be removed, he said.

The Gloversville Common Council last week accepted Semione’s bid for another project involving purchase of the former Water Department building at North Main Street and Third Avenue in that city. Semione bought the building for $26,500, hoping to turn it into another recyclable redemption facility.