Lot projects at historic buildings to wait until 2015

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County saved nearly $15,000 on a capital project to renovate two historic buildings, but supervisors last week rejected using the bulk of the savings to reseal the buildings’ parking lots this year.

County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost told the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee last week that $62,500 was budgeted for a planned county 2014 capital project. The project is to renovate the Fort Johnstown Annex – the county’s former Colonial jail – and the County Courthouse. The board June 9 authorized a $47,575 contract with Correll Contracting Corp. of Gloversville to do the work.

Yost recommended to the committee $12,000 of the $14,925 balance be transferred to another project to do sealing and striping at the parking lots of Fort Johnstown and the County Office Building, which adjoins the courthouse.

“I’ve got money in my prepared budget [for parking lot work],” Yost said Monday.

He said the county could get the parking lot work at the buildings done at the end of August or early September.

The Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee last week gave approval for a proposed board resolution to use the savings for the parking lot jobs. But three days later, the Finance Committee rejected the proposed resolution. According to the board office, the item will not be on the agenda at the board’s Monday meeting at the County Office Building, but Public Safety Committee leadership could bring it up on the floor.

Finance Committee Chairman Greg Fagan said today the money Yost wanted to use for the parking lot work was originally intended to be from a $62,500 capital project anyway.

“The money was initially from a capital project,” Fagan said. “It should go back to capital.”

He said the Finance Committee felt Yost should do the parking lot projects as capital projects in 2015.

The work at the historic buildings this year may include various renovations. Work at the former jail building may include a new roof, repointing of mortar around stones, painting eaves and steel bars on windows, and office work such as striping paint to restore original brick, repairing exterior brick, new entrance doors and replacing exterior lights. Courthouse work may include repainting exterior window casings, replacing front-entrance window pane and staining and sealing front entry doors.

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