ORDA chair gets and earful at Johnsburg meeting

NORTH CREEK -- Newly appointed Olympic Regional Development Authority Board Chairman Joe Martens stopped by the last Johnsburg Town Board meeting just to say hello. He left having heard an earful regarding ORDAs relationship with Johnsburg EMS at Gore Mountain. After introducing Martens to the Town Board and those gathered for the meeting, Supervisor Bill Thomas asked board members if they had any comments or requests for the chairman of the authority that oversees operations at Gore. Supervisor-elect Sterling Goodspeed praised ORDA for many positives and then gingerly broached the subject of the arrangement for emergency medical services at Gore Mountain that are provided by the Johnsburg Emergency Medical Squad. Id like to continue the dialogue to see if theres more ORDA could do, Goodspeed said. ORDAs contributions are not proportionate to the call load. In the winter months, the scales tip heavily toward ORDA. Thats one request among many positives. Johnsburg EMS member Mark Bergman was more direct in his comments, noting that ORDA does more for the local EMS squad that provides emergency services at Whiteface in Lake Placid. At Whiteface, ORDA pays a crew to be on-site 24/7, Bergman said. It staffs a garage and ORDA pays for it. At Whiteface, the EMS is treated with respect. Here, not so much. Its not unusual to have three to eight runs a day here. Id like to see Johnsburg EMS treated with the same respect by ORDA as they treat the EMS at Whiteface. Martens appeared to be receptive to the comments and pledged to take the EMS concerns back to the board for discussion.

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