In a rapid rise, Katie Nightingale went from sitting in the audience to seconding board motions by the end of the town meeting Jan. 3. Also at his first meeting, board member Pete Olesheski shares a board document with her.
In the space of a few minutes, Katie Nightingale went from sitting in the audience to occupying a town board seat at Johnsburg's first 2012 town meeting.
“I expected them to take action on the vacant seat tonight,” said Nightingale, “I didn't expect they'd actually make me come sit at the table.”
By the close of the board's organizational meeting, the newest member and only woman on the board was seconding motions, moving along items like the motion to pay warrants and the motion to adjourn, eliciting a quip from board veteran Gene Arsenault.
“We should have had her at the beginning of the meeting,” he said as the meeting approached 9 p.m., “We'd be out of here by now.”
With one board seat empty at the open of the meeting and new member Pete Olesheski appearing a bit unsure as he carefully crafted and amended motions, the two-page agenda for establishing town titles took a fair amount of discussion, with a couple items tabled for future meetings.
Hitchcock submitted an update to the town board on needed roadwork and its costs.
After replacing culverts on a 1.75-mile stretch from the Collignon Lane and Hudson Street intersection to the county bridge, the highway department should have plenty of leftover Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding to cover most of the $138,000 project.
Six-tenths of a mile of road from the county bridge and Hudson Street to Garnet Lake road will be resurfaced at a cost of $99,900.
He'll also replace failed culverts around town at an estimated cost of $20,000.
In the organizational meeting, the Town Board made the following appointments:
•Incoming Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow was appointed budget officer.
•Arsenault was appointed as deputy supervisor.
•Cherie Ferguson was re-appointed to town secretary.
•JoAnn Smith received the titles of town historian, deputy town clerk and deputy registrar.
•Town Clerk William Rawson was appointed as registrar of vital statistics.
•Sherry Williams, the town's new bookkeeper, was made petty cash officer.
•Danae Tucker was re-appointed zoning enforcement officer.
•Tony Jordan was again made town attorney.
•Mark Shactner was designated attorney for the Planning Board.
•Bill Mosher was almost reappointed animal control officer. Correspondence was sent to the board from the current animal control officer in Thurman, who'd responded to an advertisement seeking applicants for Johnsburg animal control. That's a good reason, said Olesheski, to see if Mosher is still interested in the job or the new man should be asked to take on the duties. The appointment was tabled.
•Don Moore was appointed by Highway Superintendent Dan Hitchcock as his deputy, and confirmed by the board.
•The News Enterprise was named official town newspaper for Johnsburg, making it the go-to publication for placing legal advertisements for town offices.
In addition, town mileage reimbursement was set a 50 cents per mile, a compromise between the former town reimbursement of 45 cents and the county's rate of 55 cents.
Vanselow is wasting no time in shaking things up in his office. Town meetings won't hold to the Wevertown to North Creek rotation that's directed recent schedules.
He said the Wevertown town hall will be the new base of operations for town board meetings, with two visits to the hall this month. February’s second meeting will be the first of four at Tannery Pond, with a Ski Bowl meeting in July. In March, they'll convene at the North River firehouse, with a meeting at the Garnet Lake firehouse in September. They'll also stop in at Scout Hall in April and October.
The meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m.