County OKs $20k for gear

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently approved the purchase of more than $20,000 worth of equipment for the Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator’s Office.

Coordinator Allan Polmateer was authorized to spend $20,435 of a $125,000 federal Hazardous Materials Grant the county received for 2011.

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.

“Is a lot of the stuff going to come back to us in five or 10 years from now and be expired?” Broadalbin Supervisor Joseph DiGiacomo asked.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said much of this equipment has a long shelf life.

In other action taken by the board:

-?Supervisors awarded bids for food and other supplies for use in the county jail, effective May 1 to Aug. 31. The vendors were: Sysco Foods of Halfmoon, frozen foods, $20,465, and refrigerated foods-dry goods, $25,628; and Bimbo Foods of Albany, bread and rolls, $5,547.

Stead, the county’s purchasing agent, said the jail food bids were “actually a little bit lower” than the 2012 bids.

-?The board authorized a $6,800 contract between the county Solid Waste Department and Barton & Loguidice Engineers of Syracuse for preparation of the county’s Title V air permit renewal application. A new application has to be prepared 180 days prior to expiration of the existing five-year permit, which runs through this year.

-?Supervisors approved a contract between the Fulton County Community Services Board and St. Mary’s Healthcare of Amsterdam for alcoholism and substance abuse services programs. The contract runs through the end of the year.

-?The board authorized purchase of $2,691 worth of a computer tape drive and accessories to help archive and retrieve billing data from the county’s former Mental Health and Addiction Services clinics.

-?Kelly J. Collins was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Fulton County Traffic Safety Board through Dec. 31.

– The board voted to transfer equipment from the county Sheriff’s Department to two other police agencies. The Gloversville Police Department will receive a scanner, while the Broadalbin Village Police Department will receive three printers.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at