Roof project cost rises

JOHNSTOWN – A roof replacement project at the Fulton County Services Complex II will cost about $17,000 more than what the county had budgeted, officials said.

County supervisors are considering using county contingency funding to pay for the extra costs.

County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost outlined the funding shortage for the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee last week.

The committee temporarily awarded a $79,900 bid to Titan Roofing of Chicopee, Mass., to replace the roof at Fulton County Services Complex II on Route 29, which includes the Public Health Department. The full board will consider approval of the final package Monday.

“The folks doing the work are actually out of Albany,” Yost said.

The county’s 2013 capital plan only included $70,000 for the roof project. The county sought bids for the project July 8. Four bids came back, ranging from Titan’s low bid to a high bid of $93,988 from Moisture Barriers of Albany.

Yost recommended awarding the low bid to Titan roofing. Because only $70,000 was budgeted for the roof – and an additional $6,400 had been earmarked for design and engineering – he said an additional $17,300 is needed.

County Budget Director Alice Kuntzsch recommended a transfer of the $17,300 from the county’s contingency fund to cover the extra costs.

Highway project

In his monthly operations report, Yost noted highway crews completed hauling materials for a County Highway 112 project. The department paved wheel ruts on County Highway 107 before highway repair work there. Crews reset a guide rail on County Highway 155 before paving. Crews also repaired storm damage, backfilled washouts and cleaned up downed trees.

Yost said facilities work has included continued ground maintenance. Crews also placed mulch at the Department of Social Services and Information Center, and moved furniture and ran computer wire for the Public Health Department.