Director of Weights & Measures:
James P. Callery
Monday - Friday:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
County Office Complex
P.O. Box 127
2712 State Highway 29
Johnstown NY 12095
The Weights and Measures program is important to ensure confidence and fairness in the marketplace. The old Latin saying “caveat emptor” – or – “let the buyer beware” needs the effort of the Weights and Measures Department to protect both the buyer and the business owner. The buyer is assured that they get what they pay for and the business owner is assured a marketplace based on fair competition.
Weights and Measures annually inspects and tests all commercially used weighing and measuring devices for both accuracy and proper operation. NYS certified weights and measuring devices are used during these testing procedures.
Weights & Measures also participates in the New York Petroleum Quality program.
This involves collecting gasoline and diesel fuel samples yearly, on a random basis, throughout Fulton County. These samples are then sent to an independent contract laboratory for chemical testing and Analysis. These tests assure that the fuel purchased by consumers meets all appropriate quality/octane standards and that the fuel dispensers are properly labeled.
Inspecting Gas Pumps with Credit Card Readers for Credit Card Skimming Devices
How do I know if I am getting a gallon of gas?
W & M certifies all calibrations on gas pumps yearly, when there is a complaint, or the pump is recalibrated.
I think I have water in my gas (Complaint).
W & M will go to the station and check the electronic print out for water volume.
Then we have paste that we put on a wooden dip stick and stick the underground tank.
If there is water, the paste changes color, and we close the pumos until the water is removed.
The complaintive is always notified of our findings.
How do I know if the octane is correct?
W & M randomly takes 12 samples each month, from different stations
They are sent to the lab and we are emailed the results.
Is my credit card safe to use at gas pumps?
W & M checks all credit card readers in the county as often as possible. We have keys to open all units and look for skimmers.
The safest way is to go into the store and pay.
How do I know if my heating oil deliverer is accurate?
W & M certifies all home heating oil meter on delivery trucks are accurate and the delivery ticket is correct.
My Wood Pellets are short weight (Complaint).
W & M Randomly checks wood pellets at stores and dealers. We have a NYS Certified Scale that we use.
⚖ Computing, and pre-pack scales at supermarkets, bakeries, delis, and fish/butcher shops.
⚖ Timing Devices.
⚖ "Courtesy" inspections, non-commercial devices for institutions such as schools.
⚖ Farm bulk milk tanks. Inspections for accuracy in pricing.
⚖ Platform/Hopper scales at wineries, coal yards, salt plants, propane sales and farm/produce locations.
⚖ Inspections and testing packaged commodities.
⚖ Scales used for buying gold, silver, precious metals, coins and jewelry.
⚖ Heavy-duty vehicle scales at sand/gravel yards, recycling centers, salt plants and salvage yards.
⚖ Fuel oil, gas, diesel and kerosene meters.
⚖ Propane delivery vehicle tank meters.
⚖ Petroleum pumps at gas stations, convenience stores, truck stops and marinas.