WEVERTOWN - Thanks to the participation of Chamber of Commerce president Ed Milner, the Town of Johnsburg will soon embark on a new promotional effort.
Milner was recently invited to participate in a "Scenic Byway" meeting hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association. The program is part of a national effort to promote scenic tourism within culturally and historically significant areas of the country.
"We are a byway community if we choose to call ourselves one," Milner said. "And by choosing to do so we gain some privileges such as using their signage and being included in their literature."
Participation in the program would be free to the town due to the program's Federal and State funding sources.
The Town of Johnsburg lies at the convergence of two scenic byways - the Roosevelt-Marcy Trail, and the Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway.
By endorsing the opportunity, the town will continue to work with the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce as they find unique ways to promote the area without a significant financial obligation.
In other business, recent discussions regarding the winter maintenance of three local roads was brought to a tentative conclusion.
Following consultation with the town's attorney, Supervisor Goodspeed reported that the town was legally obligated to continue the plowing of roads such as Abbey Lane, Pasco Road, and Stork Road.
After safety concerns were raised several weeks ago by Superintendent Hitchcock, a letter to local property owners was drafted by the town's attorney on behalf of the Highway Superintendent. The letter will serve as a formal reminder to the surrounding property owners regarding their responsibility to keep roadways clear, including providing a suitable and safe turn-around area for town equipment.
In light of looming contractual deadlines, and continued debate regarding suggested bed tax allocations, the board moved to provide a short-term compromise.
Goodspeed forwarded a resolution to immediately adopt 50 percent of each of the bed tax committee's recommendations so events such as the annual Fourth of July fireworks and the White Water Derby could proceed as planned.
In the interim, town officials will evaluate the 2009 budget to determine how the remainder of the requests could work within an already tight budget cycle.
Several audience members expressed concern over the risk that providing partial funding to a program, without funding the remainder at a later date, could result in the program's failure.
Goodspeed acknowledged the concern and noted that he would be reporting back to the board within the next two meetings after discussing it further with the bed tax committee chairperson, Kelly Nessle, and the town's bookkeeper.
The next regular meeting of the Johnsburg Town Board will be Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Wevertown Community Center.