Fulton County extends annex lease

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County supervisors have extended a rental agreement with St. Mary’s Healthcare for the county annex in Gloversville until year’s end, but the county will consider selling the site afterward.

The Board of Supervisors this week authorized extension of an existing agreement until Dec. 31 at an annual cost of $96,587. Amsterdam-based St. Mary’s Healthcare uses the annex – the former Fulton County Mental Health Clinic at 57 E. Fulton St. – as a private counseling clinic.

Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born said the issue of selling the annex has been discussed by supervisors previously, but never went any further.

“It never seems to materialize,” said Born, who wants to look at possibly selling the building.

In other business, the board accepted several grants.

Supervisors accepted a $6,126 rabies grant from the state Department of Health for the county Public Health Department’s rabies clinic. The board also accepted $30,000 in Immunization Action Plan grants from the state for the health department. The period for both grants is April 1 to March 31, 2015.

The board accepted a $7,000 Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee 2014 Ignition Interlock Program Grant for the county Probation Department. The grant is retroactive to Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30.

Supervisors accepted state matching funds for the 2014 “I Love New York” Tourism Program. Fulton County was advised it was awarded $54,598. Funding goes to the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce for tourism promotion.

The board passed a resolution urging county residents to consider becoming organ donors. The resolution said the board “wishes to raise public awareness of organ donation programs that are saving lives and renewing lives all across the country.”

Residents are urged to make organ, tissue, stem cell and blood donations.

The board chairman was authorized to sign a contract extension between the county Department of Social Services and the Fulmont Community Action Agency for the Wheels to Work Program. A $50,338 balance remains unspent from the agency’s grant funding, and the state extended the grant funding expiration through June 30.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.