Clearing the way

"I understand the committee's decision, but not even allowing us to use the bobcat has totally tied my hands," Goodspeed added.

An agreement was then reached with the County where Town of Johnsburg Highway personnel would be allowed the use of the equipment, at the Town's expense, for the purpose of clearing North Creek's sidewalks.

In a later interview, Goodspeed discussed some of the struggles facing North Creek and it's business district.

"There are three basic issues at work here," he said. "You have the snowplowing on Main Street which the County is obligated to continue. There is the snow removal which the County has agreed to continue to the extent they can on weekdays only and without using overtime, and you have the Town's responsibility."

During the Dec. 16 Town Board meeting, Goodspeed anticipates addressing the third issue by opening bids for any local contractor interested in working on a per-call basis for snow removal in the hamlet.

"I think it's necessary for those times when the County is not performing within their own time limit or when they are not performing in a way that is consistent with the town's goals," Goodspeed added.

"I do believe that as this arrangement smooths out over the next few weeks that we will have better snow removal service but we will need the assistance of local businesses as well. Once we get through this initial transition I believe we will have better service and a better looking Main Street than we have had in 10-15 years."

Goodspeed noted historical concerns with the timely removal of snow along with safety concerns for the elderly and children walking to and from Johnsburg Central School.

The issue was dramatized last month during one of the year's first storms as piles of snow were not removed for 5-6 days.

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