Fulton County to replace DSS, jail roofs

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County government this year and next is spending more than $400,000 to replace leaky roofs at two of its highly-used buildings from the 1990s that are showing signs of aging.

The county is replacing the roof at the county Department of Social Services’ Cooper Building on Daisy Lane.

“It’s in our capital plan this year,” county Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost said Monday.

The county’s 2014 capital plan authorizes a roof replacement project at the Cooper Building. Yost received preliminary authorization from the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee last week to execute an $8,590 agreement with DMR Civil Engineering of Gloversville.

Yost told the committee his department on June 3 sent three firms requests for quotes. He recommended hiring DMR for detailed engineering work.

The committee also authorized the bidding process for the DSS roof. Yost is anticipating July 14 board approval, with bids opened Aug. 13, and the awarding of a contract on Sept. 15. DSS roof replacement would be from September through November.

Yost estimates the cost to replace the DSS roof will be about $160,000.

He said his department is also looking to replace the existing roof at the County Jail on Route 29 with a new black, rubber membrane roof.

Both the DSS building and jail facility were built in the early 1990s. The county leased the DSS building for years from late developer Robert Shepard before the county eventually took over full ownership.

Yost informed the committee that the jail roof project – estimated to cost about $250,000 – is the top priority of two facilities projects he plans as capital projects for 2015. Another $85,000 capital project planned for 2015 is to seal the parking lots and roadway around the County Services Complex on Route 29.

Yost said the jail roof is the original roof and is out of warranty. He said the roof has leaked and repairs have been done in the past.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Department Capt. David Curtis, jail administrator, said Monday the roof at his correctional facility definitely needs replacement.

“For the roof, itself, it’s time,” Curtis stated. “Absolutely.”

The jail roof project was slated to be submitted to the Board of Supervisors’ Capital Projects Committee today.

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