County may raze city building

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Demolition Team was given preliminary authorization this week to raze a building deemed unsafe in Gloversville.

The Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development-Environment Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution allowing the team to demolish a building at 7 Hill St. in Gloversville.

The full board will take final action on the measure Monday.

Although it isn’t technically a municipally-owned building, county Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard said Gloversville officials submitted a request for assistance from the demolition team. He said that under Gloversville Code, and after a public hearing, the city has the authority to tear down the building. He said the building is a portion of an old glove factory along the Cayadutta Creek.

Bouchard said removal of the building is crucial to making the necessary repairs to a proposed Hill Street Bridge project. In connection with the project, he said the city is receiving 95 percent reimbursement of all costs. He said the demolition team can bill back the construction and demolition debris disposal rate, along with fuel, equipment and labor costs.

He said state Department of Labor fees will be paid for by the city and the city’s engineering firm is preparing a state-specific variance. He said the project will be scheduled as time allows.

In other Department of Solid Waste matters:

The committee approved a proposed resolution advertising for bids for redecking of the county landfill’s original weigh scale. The work was included in the county’s 2014 capital plan for $65,000. A concrete deck and metal beam replacement is needed for the 70-foot-long scale, which Bouchard said has a 75-ton capacity. Bids will be due in April and awarded in May.

In his monthly operations report, Bouchard said unusually cold weather caused frozen water lines at his department’s scale house and the Broadalbin Transfer Station. Both were thawed, cleared and repaired, he said.

Bouchard said his department received state reimbursement of $17,374 for the 2013 county Household Hazardous Waste program.

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