Economic council head to talk to county board

JOHNSTOWN – The head of the six-county Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, which doles out millions of dollars in state funding to the region, will address the Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday at the County Office Building.

The monthly board session will begin at 1 p.m. in the supervisors’ chambers.

Kenneth Tompkins, regional director of the six-county council, will talk about the council’s operations and current programs at 1:10 p.m. The council includes Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Tompkins will discuss the fourth round of the state’s ongoing Consolidated Funding Application awards to businesses and municipalities. In 2014, up to $750 million in economic development resources from 33 state agency funding programs is available to applicants through the CFA process. The deadline for CFA submissions is 4 p.m. June 16.

In other county business, supervisors will conduct a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. to receive comments regarding a proposed law to reduce the county’s number of elected coroner positions from two to one. A proposed resolution to be considered later in the meeting would adopt the law and create a part-time position of deputy coroner. Currently, the county has two elected coroner positions and no deputy coroner.

The board also will consider transferring $1,000 from the county’s contingent fund to pay for overtime expenses in the office of county Treasurer Terry Blodgett. He recently requested the funding, which was supported by the board’s Finance Committee.

Blodgett said Friday his department is getting new software. He said he normally only budgets $200 annually in overtime, but he must send his staff for training.

“We’re going to different counties to take a look at their software packages,” he said.

Other proposed resolutions to come before the board Monday:

  • The creation of a regional water and wastewater system in Fulton County.

The authorization of a $1.2 million energy performance contract with SmartWatt Energy of Clifton Park.

The awarding of a $1.1 million bid to Jablonski Excavating of St. Johnsville for infrastructure improvements at the former Tryon property in Perth.

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