Morgan Frisch/Recorder staff District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell listens Tuesday during the full board meeting of the Montgomery County Legislature.


Recorder News Staff

FONDA — The Montgomery County Legislature Tuesday voted 6-2 on a resolution that will establish an agreement with Genuine Parts Company to outsource auto parts for the Department of Public Works.

Integrated Business Solutions Division Manager Terry Ryan, of Genuine Parts Company gave a presentation during the committee meeting earlier this month. Frank Greco who owns NAPA Auto Parts in Palatine Bridge was also present.

“The four years that I have been here I have never had anyone come forward and offer to save the county money,” Legislative Chairman Roy Dimond said. “Especially, in auto parts so I wanted to thank both of you for coming and giving your presentation and looking forward to working with us.”

District 8 Legislator Joseph Isabel was absent. District 1 Legislator Martin Kelly and District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell voted against the resolution.

“I know that NAPA has done well in other counties, I would have liked to give the opportunity to other businesses to submit a request,” Kelly said.

Purtell said he voted against the resolution because he didn’t feel comfortable with the documentation that he got that would provide for the results that were estimated.

According to the resolution, DPW has a need to purchase parts and materials and would like to do so at a cost savings to the county. Purchasing parts with Genuine Parts Company is estimated to be an annual savings of approximately $92,000. The parts are purchased from the company at a net 10 percent profit.

The contract will establish a source of supply for auto, truck and bus parts as well as provide Integrated Business Solution Services.

In other business:

• Legislators approved a resolution to fund Youth Days for the Fonda Fair.

Youth days are on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 where children can go to the fair for free. The Montgomery County Agricultural Society will accept a flat rate of $7,500 per day, according to the resolution. The $15,000 will come from bed tax funds. Legislators had lengthy discussions about where the money would come from because they didn’t want to use the fund balance or take the money from another department’s budget.

• Legislators passed a resolution to amend the 2017 operating budget to transfer funds for equipment replacement for the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie County’s transfer stations landfill.

• Legislators authorized Ossenfort to sign a contract with Brown Coach to provide public mass transportation service for the county.

• Legislators authorized Ossenfort to sign a revolving loan fund agreement for Lee Newspaper/Lee Village Properties/Lee Shops at  Wagner’s Square.

•  Legislators approved to amend the 2017 operating budget for state training in the Department of Social Services.