Bridge project moves ahead

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council has awarded a nearly $1 million contract to a Mayfield company for replacement of the Hill Street bridge over the Cayadutta Creek.

The city Tuesday awarded a $997,711 contract to Stephen Miller General Contractors. The city had received eight bids for the reconstruction project. Miller’s bid was the lowest.

Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said the contract can’t be executed yet because state and federal funding issues still need to be resolved. He said he anticipates that happening next week, although he wanted to get a council-approved resolution in place ahead of time.

Jones said Mayor Dayton King can then get the contract signed and bridge work can move forward.

He told the council it is good to have a “local company” such as Stephen Miller do the work.

“Probably quite a few local people are going to work on this job, and I think that’s kind of an added bonus,” he said.

The council Tuesday also authorized the mayor to enter into a $149,000 agreement with Spectra Engineering to provide construction-inspection services for the bridge project.

As a precursor to the bridge-replacement project, the council April 8 passed an ordinance to remove what it deemed an “unsafe building” at 7 Hill St.

The Fulton County Demolition Team recently took down the building.

Jones said some cleanup work still continues at the site.

Property owner Mark Vrooman of Utah failed to remove the building, declining contact with city officials.

The city had to obtain a state Supreme Court order approving the city’s determination of an unsafe structure. The city also had to provide a written “hold harmless/indemnification guarantee” to the county. A county board resolution in 2001 established a policy that the demolition team, designed to demolish municipally owned structures, should not raze private buildings, but the county made an exception.

Gloversville 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael F. Gendron, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development-Environment Committee, on Monday thanked fellow supervisors for their cooperation with his city.

“The Hill Street project should be back on schedule,” he said.

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