County team saves city over $50K

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Demolition Team’s recent project that took down a former city glove factory saved the city more than $50,000, a city official said.

City Engineer Chandra Cotter reported to the Common Council at City Hall that the demolition of a building at 308 1/2 S. Market St. went well.

She said the county demolition team – working with some inhouse labor from the city Department of Public Works – also saved the city more than $50,000 on the project.

The city did have some costs related to the project, the total of which was not released. The city ended up paying a required state Department of Labor notification fee and any air- monitoring costs during demolition. The city also pays a $25-per-ton disposal fee to the county Department of Solid Waste.

The Fulton County Demolition team has done some work in the city of Johnstown, but mostly has worked in the city of Gloversville, as well as some of the towns as requested. Formed in 2000, the team is led by members of the Department of Solid Waste. It works with the county’s municipalities to raze old and dilapidated government-owned buildings and homes abandoned by their owners or taken through tax foreclosure.

The property at 308 1/2 S. Market St. consisted of former glove factory buildings. The property was owned by Nicholas A. Cannizzo Jr., but the city of Johnstown took over the property after the demolition team got involved because the main building was deemed “structurally deficient, unsafe” and a public safety hazard.

Elsewhere in her DPW report, Cotter told the council the city is continuing to fill the former Karg Bros. tannery site off North Perry Street with soil. Cleanup and redevelopment is occurring at the six-acre site. Remediation began in September, using 17,000 cubic yards of donated Fulton County landfill soil. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been working with the city to clean up remaining pollutants and remediate the former tannery site by spring.

Cotter reported DPW is working with the city Fire Department for the downtown tree lighting at the Colonial Stroll, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The city engineer said a consultant is working on possible changes involving the Rail Trail in the city. Cotter said more documents related to the project will be released next month.

“We’re going to try to update the signage,” Cotter said.

She said the city may also work on restructuring traffic related to the trail to make it more safe.

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