Project set for summer

JOHNSTOWN – Initial work to redevelop the former Tryon Detention Center property in Perth into a business park will be a summertime project.

“It will probably start sometime in June,” Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz said Wednesday. “We’re hoping to be finished by September.”

The county is working on the project with the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, for which Mraz is the executive director.

The state transferred the title to the Tryon property to the IDA. The park at this time is being called the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center.

The county received a $2 million grant from Empire State Development to help pay for the first phase of the infrastructure project at the park.

Work to be done this summer includes: 2,500 feet of new road, 3,900 feet of new water line, 600 feet of new sanitary sewer line, repair of the electrical system at the site’s wastewater pump station on the north side of County Highway 107, repair of the wastewater pump station on the south side of County Highway 107, construction of a stormwater collection system for a new road, the energizing of the electrical system, charging of the water system, the unplugging of sewer lines and the restarting of sewer pumps.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday awarded a $1.12 million low bid for the first infrastructure phase to Jablonski Excavating of St. Johnsville. Thirteen bids were received from contractors to complete the project, which involves the various water, sewer and electrical work, and road improvements.

Supervisors authorized a $74,800 contract with C.T. Male Associates of Latham for construction inspection services for the Tryon infrastructure improvements.

The firm will oversee construction work being done by Jablonski Excavating.

The board also authorized the signing of an amendment to an existing contract with C.T. Male Associates related to the Tryon project. The amendment pays the firm an additional $10,641. Supervisors in 2012 authorized a contract with the firm for initial engineering services.

The county’s 2014 capital plan contains a $96,000 allocation for a pump station. The project will repair vandalism to the wastewater pump station and other vandalism damage. The county anticipates grant money will pay for half the cost.

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