County buys washer

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a $7,711 emergency purchase of a commercial clothes washer for the county jail.

The current washing machine at the correctional facility at Harrison Street and Route 29 is 21 years old and beyond repair, a resolution said.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said he received a call from county Highway and Facilities Superintendent Mark Yost requesting an “emergency resolution” to buy a new washer. The board approved the request for a new UniMac 65-pound industrial commercial clothes washer.

Stead said the jail at any given time has two large washers and two large dryers.

In other board business:

Supervisors created a second caseworker position for the School Intervention Partnership Program in the Gloversville Enlarged School District. The employee will be paid $20.63 per hour through June 30. The county Department of Social Services provides one caseworker for the program. The primary purpose of the position is to provide early intervention for at-risk children to prevent entry into foster care.

“I think this is a really great appointment to have caseworkers in the elementary schools to catch problems while the students are still young,” said Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young.

The board approved four resolutions related to the Tryon redevelopment project, including one extending the completion date of work by Jablonski Excavating of St. Johnsville until Oct. 13. The county is turning the former Tryon youth detention center into a business park.

Supervisors authorized advertisement for bids for paving projects for County Highway 107 in Perth and County Highway 117 in the town of Johnstown.