Fulton County eyes projects for 2014, ’15

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County is considering replacing the leaky roof at the county jail at Route 29 and Harrison Street, but not until 2015.

County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost recently presented his list of proposed capital projects for 2014 and 2015. Among them is a proposed $250,000 roof project for the jail, which is his top non-road paving priority for 2015.

Yost told the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee at the County Office Building that the jail roof is old and out of warranty. The roof has leaked and repairs have been done in the past, he said. The $250,000 share for the project would be paid entirely by county taxpayer dollars.

Among other 2015 non-road paving capital projects proposed by Yost, the second priority is a $68,500 project to seal the parking lots and roadway around County Complex I.

The third priority for 2015 is a $100,000 project to repair the county’s forced main sewer line on County Highway 122 that served the former county Residential Health Care Facility for many years. Yost said every year the county has one or two breaks on the line and highway crews put patches on the line.

“We can put in a new trunk line or line existing pipes,” Yost said.

Johnstown 1st Ward Supervisor Richard Handy asked why responsibility for maintenance of the sewer line can’t be placed on the new private entity that bought the county nursing home – Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

Mayfield Supervisor Richard Argotsinger, committee chairman, said that area has to be established as a sewer district before that can occur.

Yost noted there are also other entities that use the sewer line such as the Meco Volunteer Fire Department and a Stewart’s Shop.

A fourth proposed 2015 capital project listed by Yost is a $24,000 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The new vehicle would replace one currently used by county Deputy Superintendent of Facilities James Maye.

Yost also has $1.55 million in paving projects proposed for 2014. The top priority listed is a $399,250 paving of 2.3 miles of County Highway 126 in the town of Broadalbin. Among the list of projects is paving 1.2 miles of County Highway 117 in the town of Johnstown for the proposed Tryon redevelopment project.

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