The Town of Johnsburg’s Sept. 6 meeting saw FrontStreet’s attorney once more before the board, and a briefing on FEMA disaster awards.
Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed said there’s been a fair amount of scrambling to keep up with the demanding FEMA deadlines, but the town filed a claim of about $400,000 for damages to town property.
“We’ve been fortunate compared to some communities, but that doesn’t make it any easier,” said Goodspeed of the damages.
Abating such damages in the future could involve private landowner cooperation, wrote the town’s highway supervisor, Daniel Hitchcock in board correspondence.
Hitchcock wrote that some recurring problems can be traced back to improper drainage on private land. Taking care of those problems permanently will involve the landowner.
Another piece of correspondence from Don Green complained that the Chamber of Commerce was expanding throughout the Tannery Pond Community Center without permission or invitation, cramping special events held there.
Gore Mountain resort developer FrontStreet’s attorney began the transfer of the historic Hudson trail to open up areas for Gore Skiers. The Olympic Regional Development Agency can’t operate a trail on private land, so to open a path around the steep, mostly unskiable wall there, FrontStreet handed the strip over to the town.
The developer was also approved for new bonding for its construction, and presented plans for an easement allowing electrical installations.
As FrontStreet’s attorney was leaving, Goodspeed noted that more had happened in the last 100 days to move the development forward than had happened in the last five years.
Cell phone reception was discussed in depth, with attendees and the supervisor reporting cell reception at the Glen and in Wevertown. Goodspeed said the pending North Creek tower has a fall completion date.
A new mower was purchased for the use of the public works department. A 2011 Cub Cadet XTL1050 with a trailer was added to the department’s toolbox, purchased on sale.
A private contractor hired to mow the neglected cemeteries is catching up, but fighting the rain, reported Goodspeed.
The estimates to replace the transfer station’s lost equipment were reviewed by the insurance agency, and the town has a number they’re comfortable with.
The low end of the town’s estimate, around $55,000, is close to the agency’s estimate of $50,000, numbers that the town engineer thinks are serviceable.
Board member Ron Vanselow said a priority should be placed on a new building for the workers at the station. He said the town can survive for a little while without a compactor, but the workers at the station won’t fare so well with weather turning foul.