State boosts county highway funds

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County is receiving $175,000 more in state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funds than originally anticipated so the county will be adding more work to three planned road construction projects this year.

County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost on Monday requested permission from the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee to amend the county’s 2013 adopted highway budget to accept additional CHIPs funding.

He said the CHIPs funding for 2013 was slated to be $858,605. He said the state Department of Transportation informed the county that CHIPs funding for his department will actually be increased to $1.02 million. Additionally, he said there will be a rollover of $12,393 and the overall increase amounts to about $175,000.

“That’s some good news from the state,” Yost said. “For five years in a row we’ve been flat from the state for CHIPs.”

The committee supported amending the highway budget – a move that must be made final by full board action May 13.

In a separate move, Yost requested and received authorization from the committee to amend his budget’s appropriations so more work can be done in conjunction with more CHIPs funding received. That move also requires full board approval.

In light of the recent increase in the county’s apportioned CHIPs money, Yost requested 2013 appropriations totaling $175,360 for these planned projects: road construction on County Highway 107 – from $251,000 to $290,000; road construction from from County Highway 112 from $540,000 to $576,360; and road construction on County Highway 155 from no appropriations to $100,000.

Yost said the County Highway 155 project is from the 2014 capital plan his department wants to add it to this year’s program.

“I haven’t had this influx of money in awhile,” Yost said.

Supervisors commented that they were glad County Highway 112 in the town of Bleecker, which is considered in poor shape, is getting attention with a 1 1/2-mile construction project.

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