Johnsburg Town Hall
If numbers are an indication of success, the Johnsburg Town Board’s effort to take town government to the people is being well received.
On Thursday, March 22, the board convened for its regular bi-weekly meeting at the North River Fire House and the meeting room was full with more than 20 citizens attending.
“We’re trying to get out and around town to make it easier for folks to get out to meetings,” Vanselow said.
Future board meetings will be held at the Scout Hall, the Ski Bowl Lodge, Garnet Lake Fire House as well as the usual sites, Tannery Pond and Wevertown Community Centers.
Those attending the meeting learned, among other things, that the Highway Department is seeking to replace a 1985 John Deere tractor and a 1994 928 Cat Loader both of which are approaching the end of their serviceable life for the department, Highway Superintendent Daniel Hitchcock told the board.
Hitchcock proposed purchasing replacement equipment on state OGS contract and identified a T 50 50 New Holland Tractor costing $97,864.95 and a John Deere 624 K Loader costing, with options, $163,248. The combined cost for both would be $261,112.95.
The tractor being taken out of service is too old to be accepted as a trade, Hitchcock said. The town could sell it at auction or sell it in a closed bid to recover some of the cost of the new tractor. The loader is newer and could be traded in. However, Hitchcock said, the town could keep it and use it as a reserve that would come in handy when the town has to move its sand pit. A third option, Hitchcock said, would be to sell it at auction or in a closed bid with a minimum price of $25,000. The town board voted unanimously to allow Hitchcock to move forward with the purchase.
In other news:
Leaders of Johnsburg Youth Baseball/Softball asked the Town Board for permission to rebuild dugouts and the concession stand at the Sodom baseball field. Rob Readinger told the board that through donations, the group had sufficient materials to revisit a project started last season to replace the dugouts.
Some of the discussion centered on what color the new dugouts would be. Readinger suggested blue and white, consistent with the Johnsburg Central School colors.
The board welcomed the notion of volunteers constructing new facilities at the field.
Additionally, Rob Wing, who owns a landscaping company, offered to do some grounds work to get the field ready.
Supervisor Vanselow informed the Board that he had recently eaten lunch at the Senior Meal Site with 53 Johnsburg seniors and several county officials.
Vanselow said he had good news regarding the program, after reports earlier this year that the county was considering consolidating meal preparation at a single site and transporting pre-cooked meals to satellite locations such as Johnsburg.
“Nobody’s having their meals taken away,” Vanselow reported. “They’ve backed way off their original plan. They’re going to continue essentially unchanged for the foreseeable future.
The Board voted to switch energy providers from National Grid to Ambit energy. Ambit representatives Michael Dunkley and Tom Welch told the board that there was no cost to switch and that Ambit would guarantee the town a minimum of 1 percent. The average is more like 3 to 7 percent, Dunkley said. The town will get a monthly rebate based on its 15 highest meters. Councilman Peter Olesheski abstained from the vote because he is an Ambit consultant. He assured the board he would not benefit in any way from the switch.