County receives Irene funds

JOHNSTOWN – The federal government provided the Fulton County Highways and Facilities Department with more than $45,000 for assistance with damage sustained from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Department Superintendent Mark Yost recently informed the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee of the disaster award.

“That’s just some good news,” he told the panel at the County Office Building.

Yost said Tropical Storm Irene, which struck this area in August 2011, caused severe damage in Fulton County. He said that damage included washouts and branches in the road, which county highway crews assisted with. He said storm damage costs were incurred between Aug. 28, 2011 and Oct. 5, 2011.

Employees from the Federal Emergency Management Agency assessed the damage and associated costs in Fulton County last fall, Yost said. As a result of that assessment, he said the Fulton County Highway Department received $45,481 on Dec. 18 from FEMA.

Yost said FEMA apologized the award hadn’t been given out earlier, saying Fulton County’s assessment “fell through” bureaucratic channels.

In other Highways and Facilities Department matters, including action items to come before the full board today:

The committee authorized an agreement between the county and the Pleasant Square Volunteer Department to purchase fuel at the county Fuel Depot at the County Services Complex on Route 29.

“That’s a revenue item for us,” Yost said. “We charge 10 cents a gallon.”

Supervisors gave preliminary approval to new two-year county trail agreements with eight Fulton County snowmobile clubs, effective April 1 and running through March 31, 2016. The clubs do $73,290 worth of maintenance for the county on 174 miles of state-approved trails.

A proposed resolution was approved authorizing the write-off of certain equipment. Yost noted a physical inventory of highway equipment was conducted last fall. He said several items are not in possession of his department anymore, including a truck radio, mobile radio and mower attached to a tractor.

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