Fulton County lands $70K grant

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County has been awarded a $70,000 federal grant for 2013 through the state Homeland Security Program.

County Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Allan Polmateer announced receipt of the grant to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee last week at the County Office Building.

Polmateer said the county was notified May 31 it was awarded the grant. He said $52,500 of the allocation will be used to enhance preparedness through his office. The other $17,500 will enhance law enforcement terrorism prevention through the county Sheriff’s Department.

The grant is funded 100 percent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and administered through the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The committee also authorized purchase of $7,327 worth of equipment and software with federal 2012 grant proceeds through the state Homeland Security Program.

Polmateer said the purchases will exhaust the 2012 grant.

“We’ve had some issues up on Bleecker Mountain,” Polmateer said. “We want to put a camera up there.”

The county has a tower on Bleecker Mountain and some of the remaining money leftover from the original $54,000 grant from 2012 will go toward a camera to be placed at the tower.

Other funding is earmarked for a network connection to the tower and county Fire Training Center, weather station software at the tower, and the extra cost for digital cameras for the Gloversville Police Department.

Polmateer said that for the network connection to the tower and training center, it is a “one-time” connection not requiring a maintenance charge.

“We’re also looking to get a [wireless] internet connection to the training center,” he said.

When asked why the fire training center needed internet, he said all the training the fire instructors do is Internet-based.