Arsenault said that the town is at the advent of substantial change.
Change is discomforting, he said. But it brings opportunity too. How we manage the change will be the key. The biggest mistake we could make would be not to do anything. Weve got to try to manage change while respecting the integrity of the community.
Arsenault said the current board has tried to be out in front of change and pointed to the just-adopted local land-use plan that makes Johnsburg just one of 19 towns out of more than 100 in the Adirondack Park to adopt such a plan.
It was jut a very healthy process, he said. Its a good document that will help us shape the community, not just today but 10, 20, 30 years from now.
Another significant challenge facing the town board is that of resource management, Arsenault said, particularly in the area of town properties as well as human resources.
The town has a number of properties, Tannery Pond, others, he said. We need to make them available for the benefit of the people.
Arsenault said the town has an extremely dedicated workforce that does an excellent job.
The highway men for example, he said. We take it for granted that were going to wake up and the streets are going to be plowed and the roads sanded. But day to day, they do an excellent job.
Arsenault said hed like to see more resources directed to the Highway Department.
The costs of fuel and equipment are increasing so rapidly, he said. And we are facing what most towns are facing aging equipment and aging infrastructure.
The board recently met with Highway Superintendent Curt Richards to discuss long-term planning.
We had a good, detailed discussion about where we could go with the resources we have and what he sees for the next two, three, four years, Arsenault said.