Supervisors support purchases

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County supervisors recently supported Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Allan Polmateer’s request to purchase several pieces of emergency equipment using existing federal grant funds.

Polmateer was authorized by the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee last week to purchase GPS camera equipment with $1,139 in 2012 federal Homeland Security Grant funding. He wants to purchase two GPS systems with cameras for $860 and one software package for $279. Polmateer said the hand-held unit would be used by himself and firefighters at emergency scenes.

Polmateer said the GPS systems and cameras were used by forest rangers in the May 24 plane crash in the town of Ephratah that killed three people.

A total of $54,000 in grant funding was allocated to the Fulton County Civil Defense Office for 2012.

“Basically, it’s going to close out that 2012 Homeland Security Grant,” Polmateer said of the purchases.

The committee also authorized the $12,306 purchase of security door access equipment with 2013 Homeland Security Grant funds. Polmateer said funding will be used for a card system for doors at the County Services on Route 29, particularly at the county Information Services Department and the Civil Defense Office.

Supervisors also authorized the purchase of $7,195 worth of equipment and supplies out of $34,000 in 2012 federal Hazardous Materials Grant funds. The purchases will include: three plug and dyke kits, one chlorine tank car trailer kit, one chemical classification kit, 18 protective coveralls, three infrared thermometers and several air pack calibration inspections.

Polmateer also received committee authorization to apply for a 2013 federal Hazardous Materials Grant funds. He said a July 12 email indicated the county has been tentatively awarded $34,000, but the grant must still be applied for. Partners sharing the award are Montgomery and Schoharie counties, Polmateer said.

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

All the proposed resolutions will be reviewed for final approval by the full board Monday.