County plans demolition of properties

JOHNSTOWN – Eight Fulton County-owned properties in the city of Gloversville recently were authorized for demolition.

The Board of Supervisors referred the parcels to the county Demolition Team for razing under the county’s Operation Green Scene program.

Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard was authorized to mobilize the team to raze and clean up these county-owned Gloversville parcels, whose former owners are listed: 131 E. Fulton St. – Sean Armstrong; 68 E. Pine St. – Armstrong; 126 Broad St. – Jeremiah and Marjorie Bean; 41 E. Fulton St. – Maziah Property LLC; 130 Fremont St. – Nadine Morrison; 38 Fifth St. – Nancy E. Naish; 21 Oakland Ave. – Valdes, Armando & Laurie; and 115 Washington St. – the estate of Robert Zuckerwar.

The resolution states the demolition projects involving the tax-delinquent properties will be completed in the “most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.”

County Treasurer Terry Blodgett recently told the Finance Committee the eight properties being prepared for demolition are “in poor condition and pose a safety issue.” He said his office plans to remove the parcels from the county’s planned June 19 real property auction.

The demolition team was established in 2001. The county and Gloversville entered into an intermunicipal agreement in 2004 to have the county assume property tax collection and enforcement responsibilities for the city.

Supervisors established Operation Green Scene to demolish dilapidated residential properties and foster rehabilitation in the community.

In other board business at the County Office Building last week:

A resolution was approved awarding bids for the Children with Handicapping Conditions Transportation Program. Awarded bids went to: Blue Line Commuter for three Whispering Pines sites in Gloversville – about $145 per day per site; and Brown Coach for two Whispering Pines sites in Amsterdam – about $159 per day per site.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said runs average four to 13 children per route.

The board authorized a Community Development Block Grant application to the state Office of Community Renewal to operate a new Fulton County Micro-Enterprise Grant Program.

The Mohawk Valley Regional Council has approved a project for the program, which would provide grants of as much as $25,000 to small businesses with five or less full-time employees to assist with start-up or expansion costs.

The board approved an amendment to the county Department of Solid Waste’s contract with the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The sewer plant will pay a surcharge of $500 per day added to its fees when sludge deliveries to the county landfill exceed 100 tons per day to cover extra bulking work.

The current contract – running through Dec. 31, 2014 – charges the sewer plant $34 per ton for sludge hauled to the landfill.

The sewer plant has been bringing in greater quantities of sludge due to additional activity at the plant.

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