Peaceful Valley on hold over water issue

JOHNSBURG The Johnsburg Town Board has put a halt to further occupancy at the Peaceful Valley Townhouses by ordering the water shut off to unleased units until the developers come up with $40,000 pledged for a well. Six of the units are rented leaving 14 vacant. The town and developers, ComLinks, had a tentative agreement that would have seen the developers contribute $40,000 toward a new well to be added to the town water system as a condition of allowing the project to move forward. But as of Tuesday evening, the town had not received the money or word of when it would receive the money. As of right now, I dont have a firm commitment, Town Attorney Tony Jordan told board members. So no, its not resolved as of tonight. Board member Sterling Goodspeed said that the project has other issues that still need to be worked out. There are a myriad of problems aside from the $40,000, Goodspeed said. Id like to at some point have a conversation with them regarding resolving those issues. The Peaceful Valley project is being co-developed by ComLinks, a non-profit community action agency and a for-profit developer, said ComLinks Chief Executive Officer Nancy Rich. The project was undertaken that way because it is challenging for a non-profit agency such as ComLinks to come up with financing for a project such as Peaceful Valley on its own. Rich said there are misconceptions about ComLinks. It is not a housing development company but rather is primarily a community service agency offering a range of services including affordable housing management, domestic violence intervention, neighborhood revitalization, cooperative gleaning and a food pantry. One of its goals, Rich said, will be to establish a local board of directors in North Creek to work directly with Peaceful Valley, its residents and the community at large.

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