Council to work on contractor bill

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council on Tuesday will consider seeking bids to hire an independent contractor to perform property maintenance on Fulton County-owned properties and abatements on properties cited for violations.

That action may be taken at the council’s work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The council voted unanimously May 31 to hire the independent contractor – a move Mayor Dayton King says has two distinct advantages.

The mayor said the independent contractor action prevents a possible union conflict. In addition, he said the city “has a bunch of projects” that are coming up that will need property maintenance.

“I think it’s great,” King said today.

At its last meeting, the council debated and tabled the resolution that would have the city create a new DPW laborer position – for $28,808 – with the primary function of addressing blight conditions on properties in the city.

Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones sent a memo to the council saying the laborer would have brought a long-term financial obligation involving health benefit costs.

Jones will be authorized Tuesday to proceed with a competitive bidding process in order to secure a contractor to perform this work under the assigned schedule.

After the council authorizes the solicitation of bids, all bids must be received by 10 a.m. July 2. A resolution to award the contract to the lowest qualified bidder would go before the council during the July 8 meeting.

Elsewhere on Tuesday night’s agenda:

The council will consider entering into a contract with Time-Warner Cable Inc. for business class services. The city has a current contract with Frontier Communications.

The council is slated to award a contract for construction related to the Hill Street Bridge project over the Cayadutta Creek.

Another proposed resolution on the agenda authorizes the city Water Department to utilize the municipal camera surveillance system maintained by the city Police Department.

In the speaker portion of the meeting, Broadalbin resident David Anderson of American Legion Post 137 will revisit an issue he broached in April 2013 about a War Dog Memorial.

He is proposing to build the memorial in the veterans memorial park, at the north end of Kingsboro Avenue.

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