Johnsburg Town Hall
The Johnsburg Town Board handled a number of issues at their Oct. 15 meeting in the Scout Hall, including land acquisition next to the town sand pit, the town budget and a resignation on the Planning Board.
When contacted Oct. 21, Johnsburg Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow said Town Board members have set a public hearing on the 2014 budget for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Wevertown Community Center. A detailed story on the budget will be printed in next week’s issue of the News Enterprise. In the meantime, people may download a PDF version of the preliminary budget from the town’s website (www.johnsburgny.com).
“Depending on public input, we could approve it the same night,” Vanselow said. “But we’re looking at some amendments that revolve around employee insurance. If we switch ... there could be some reallocation of funds within that budget.”
Town Board members also discussed funds associated with cleaning up the Denton property on the Goodman Road.
“A couple years ago, we got a court order to get the place cleaned up, and they didn’t follow through on it, so the court allowed the town to go in and clean up the property,” Vanselow said. “That’s simply taking the cost of the cleanup so far and levying it against the property taxes.”
The EMS property on Peaceful Valley Road at the old pallet mill was on the Oct. 15 agenda.
“They want to move their building there, but the zoning would not allow a public service building like that,” Vanselow said. “We could either have granted the Johnsburg EMS immunity from zoning or — what actually happened — was they got a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. So they’ll be able to build there if they want to.”
ZBA members made the decision on the EMS site during their Oct. 7 meeting.
Town Board members accepted the resignation of Planning Board member William Moos and appointed Planning Board alternate — Gretchen Millington — to replace him. The town will now advertise for a replacement for the alternate position, along with two vacancies on the ZBA. Millington starts immediately. The next Planning Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the Tannery Pond Community Center (Lower Lobby).
Town Board members learned that the Occupancy Tax Committee has met and made upgrades to the criteria for applicants. Applications and instructions for the Occupancy Tax Funding Request For Tourism Promotion of the Town of Johnsburg are currently online at www.johnsburgny.com. Applications must be sent by mail, in person or electronically to Cherie@johnsburgny.com. The deadline is Nov. 15.
The Town Board also authorized the supervisor to proceed with purchasing a small piece of property adjacent to the town’s sandpit to mine material for treating the roads during the winter. The acquisition would give the town an extra year’s worth of material. Earlier in the year, town officials finalized the purchase of a piece of property from the state of New York.
“We’re looking at reserves that may last four or five years,” Vanselow said.
The next meeting of the Johnsburg Town Board will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Wevertown Community Center.