Weather station gets FCC license

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Planning Department was notified Monday a Federal Communications Commission license for a planned $212,000 automated weather observation station project for the county airport was issued.

County Planning Director James Mraz said the FCC license arrived at his office Monday.

Local pilots have told county officials weather data would be helpful for landing and taking off at the airport.

The proposed $212,000 project to install the new weather station had been awaiting FCC license approval and can now continue toward eventual completion, he said. Mraz doesn’t have a final project completion date.

“We wanted to have this license issued in order to have the AWOS unit be manufactured,” Mraz said.

The county’s 2013 capital budget contained an appropriation for purchase and installation of the weather station at the airport off Route 67 in the town of Johnstown. The project began last October.

The county previously awarded a $190,420 bid to O’Connell Electric of Victor, Ontario County, for construction work associated with the AWOS project. Electrical conduit work on the weather station was completed. Concrete for a pad for a tower has been poured and the base of the structure has been attached.

Fulton County has about $600,000 in non-primary entitlement funds available from the Federal Aviation Administration for projects at the airport. Those funds pay for 90 percent of a project’s cost. The state pays for 5 percent, and the county pays 5 percent.