ADK officials get local update

JOHNSTOWN-Representatives from counties throughout the Adirondack Park met here earlier this month to discuss ongoing projects in Fulton County.

The Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks conducted a meeting May 16 at the Fulton County’s Board of Supervisor’s Chambers.

Among the projects discussed were the Fage Yogurt expansion, Walmart construction, redevelopment of the former Tryon facility and the CG Roxane water-bottling plant.

According to Fulton County Planner Scott Henze, these projects are being refered to locally as “The Big Four.”

CG Roxanne is building a $25 million facility in the middle of an isolated three-mile stretch of Watershed Road, between Murray Hill Road and County Highway 116, about a mile east of the Canajoharie reservoir and half-mile southeast of the Rockwood State Forest.

According to Henze, the first phase of the two-part plan is nearly complete. With construction finishing on the 176,000-square-foot building, the next step is to an additional 65,000-square-foot building in the future.

“CG Roxane essentially bottles water at the source,” Henze said. “They do not bring in trucks to take the water from a well.”

The company has a capacity to produce 912,000 half-liter bottles a day and 121,000 one-liter bottles a day.

“CG Roxane proved they are going to be here for a while,” Henze said.

Fage USA is one of the largest sellers of Greek-style yogurt in the U.S. According to Henze, Fage first came to Fulton County in 2005 with $30 million dollars in investments, creating 60 new jobs in the 110,000 square foot facility.

Expansion of the facility started in 2012, and a 180,000-square-foot expansion is planned.

Upgrades are to be done to the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility to assist Fage.

The upgrade is for the sewer plant’s treatment process to deal with more waste products from the local dairy industries, including Fage and Euphrates cheese factory.

The Walmart Supercenter is expected to provide a big boost in sales-tax revenues to Gloversville and Fulton County government, Henze said.

Officials hope to turn Tryon, a former state juvenile facility, into a business park after the county receives the deed.

Bruce Campbell, budget officer from Washington County, said that based on what Fulton County is doing, he thinks other counties may watch and learn how to redevelop themselves.

“We have villages that are growing that have big businesses …” Campbell said. “But we also have areas we know we can bring in businesses.”