Sign welcoming motorists to North Creek
A fairly straight-forward question about where to better place an existing sign at the entrance to the hamlet of North Creek led to a far-ranging conversation about signs in general at the Aug. 7 Johnsburg Town Board meeting.
Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow sought his board’s input on where the town could move the sign that currently sits on the edge of the Cunningham property along Route 28 that directs motorists to turn onto Main Street to get to the hamlet’s business district. Vanselow said the Business Alliance has had some discussions on the issue and he wanted the board’s input.
The problem, Vanselow said, is that if motorists turn onto Main Street, they must travel more than a mile through a residential neighborhood and past the school to get to the business district.
A more straight-forward approach, Vanselow suggested, would be to place the sign closer to the intersection of Route 28 and Route 28N, which would lead motorists more directly to the business district.
Vanselow wondered if the sign might temporarily be placed on the Ski Bowl Park side of Route 28 near Route 28N so that motorists would see it in time to make the turn onto 28N.
Some, including Town Secretary Cherie Ferguson, suggested that the sign would be more visible on the other side of the road for cars traveling north on 28. Ferguson suggested placing the sign on town-owned land near the intersection with Peaceful Valley Road.
Resident Dave Bulmer suggested that if the town is going to move signs, perhaps the timing is right to look at creating a comprehensive plan for signs in the town, especially with the upcoming Main Street Improvement Project. Bulmer wondered if the town could tie into the grant that is funding the project to get reimbursed for sign work in the corridor.
Councilman Peter Olesheski said that as long as the town is considering looking at a comprehensive sign plan, perhaps the timing is right to revisit the town’s sign ordinance.
Olesheski noted the proliferation of sandwich signs in the town and wondered if an enhanced sign ordinance might make enforcement more manageable.
“That’s a huge undertaking,” Vanselow responded. “But it’s got to be done. There are tons of issues to look at. But your point is well taken.”
Councilman Arnold Stevens’ interest in the issue was more pragmatic.
“All I want to know is who is going to pay for it?” Stevens asked.
After more than 30 minutes of discussion and not many conclusions, Vanselow asked the board to give it some more thought and agreed to revisit the issue in the future.
Dan Stec visits meeting
Tuesday’s meeting was noteworthy by the attendance of Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, who is seeking to succeed Teresa Sayward as the State Assemblyman representing the newly configured 114th Assembly District. Glens Falls attorney Dennis Tarantino is also running for the seat. Sayward chose not to run for re-election.
Stec said it is his goal to visit as many meetings of the 40 town boards and 1 city common council in the district before the election. Tuesday’s meeting of the Johnsburg Town Board is his 27th such meeting.
“I don’t participate unless I’m asked to,” Stec said.
At Tuesday’s meeting, he listened but did not comment.
Stec said that there are similarities among all town boards but each has its own character.
“A lot of things are universal,” Stec said. “But there are differences.”
For example, Stec said, the Johnsburg Town Board meeting is a lot more relaxed, and the public is allowed to offer comment throughout the meeting.
“It’s a lot like a public hearing,” Stec observed.
As to why Stec is putting himself through the rigors of sitting through 41 board meetings in the months leading up to the election, Stec said it serves multiple purposes.
“It’s good government and good politics,” he said. “It provides a snapshot of each town. I can put faces with names and get a flavor of what types of issues the towns in the district are dealing with.”
Stec said he started visiting town board meetings in April.
ATV public hearing
Up next for the Johnsburg Town Board is a much-anticipated public hearing on a proposal to allow all-terrain vehicles on a limited number of town roads. The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 in the auditorium at Tannery Pond Community Center. The board is seeking public input on the proposal, a copy of which is available at Town Hall. A synopsis of the proposal may be found in the minutes of the July 17 meeting of the Town Board, available on the town website: http://www.johnsburgny.com.