While many Adirondack residents look to their elected officials to create economic development and improve the quality of life in their hometowns, it’s great to see that North Creek is buzzing with projects from the ground up.
Grassroots organizations like the North Creek Business Alliance are galvanizing the business community and making a difference. During their weekly meetings, special guests give updates on matters important to residents.
Thanks to Joel Beaudin’s membership on the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation’s (AEDC) Board of Directors, the AEDC executive director — Jim Murphy — was in town last week asking the business community if there was interest in a 12-week Entrepreneurial Assistance Program course that would teach business basics and help entrepreneurs obtain low-interest loans. The overall feeling was, “Yes, we’d love it ... and it should be here in North Creek.” This is the kind of support small business owners need. And it’s not coming from the government.
While Steven Ovitt was a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forest ranger, he made the Thirteenth Lake to North Creek Trail System a special project, developing a 30-mile trail network for the North Creek region, for residents and visitors. This wasn’t a priority for the state; Ovitt and volunteers from the Siamese Ponds Trail Improvement Society made it happen. And now there’s a year-round trail system just waiting for the world to discover. And they are discovering it and coming to the region in the process. It will help tourism. It will help our economy.
We’re not saying that government doesn’t help our communities; we’re saying it doesn’t have the resources to solve all our problems. It’s only a piece of the problem-solving puzzle. It’s volunteers and business owners who fill in those gaps.
In fact, we need government. We need the town of Johnsburg to help with projects like the North Creek streetscape. We need the Adirondack Park Agency to approve projects like the Ski Bowl, Front Street and communications towers. We need the DEC to maintain our state-owned backcountry. And we need the Town Board and Planning Board to do what’s best for our community, looking out for residential and business interests.
As such, there is a currently a need for more volunteers. In this paper alone, there are multiple calls for members of various boards, and we urge people to help out.
•The Johnsburg Emergency Medical Services is looking for someone who is interested in being on their Board of Directors. The meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The three-year term will start with the May meeting. People should send a letter of interest by March 12 to: Johnsburg Emergency Medical Services, Nominating Committee, P.O. Box 413, North Creek, NY 12853.
•Iowa Pacific Holdings, operator of the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, is looking for people to sit on the Board of Directors for its new shop, The Exchange. Board members will direct the efforts of a professional staff and should bring expertise in finance, marketing, arts, cultural heritage, outdoor recreation, retail, food and beverage or event production. Interested people should send a letter to: The Exchange, P.O. Box 535, North Creek, NY 12853 by Feb. 29.
•The Johnsburg Zoning Board of Appeals needs to fill two seats, and the Johnsburg Planning Board needs to fill two seats and an alternate position. Those interested can contact Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-2421 x23.
We’d like to thank the Johnsburg Town Board, the supervisor and members of the Streetscape Committee — Mike Bowers, Laurie Arnheiter, Tom Suozzo and Joel Beaudin — for their contributions to this important project. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for North Creek.
Andy Flynn is the Assistant Managing Editor at Denton Publications. He may be reached at email@example.com