Johnsburg Board honors Patton for service

NORTH CREEK - Discussions focusing on the Johnsburg Highway Department topped the agenda during last week's Town Board meeting.

Following a lengthy debate, including clarification on the role of the Highway Superintendent as having primary

"hiring and firing" authority, the Board moved to immediately advertise a full-time Laborer and part-time Driver position.

Recent storms have highlighted a plowing driver shortage in the town - prompting Superintendent Hitchcock to reach out to neighboring communities for assistance in the hopes of sharing their "call in" drivers.

As part of an ongoing discussion, the Board also heard comments on the potential rehiring of William Mosher as a Highway Department employee.

Mosher's employment was terminated by the Board earlier this year following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Prior to reinstatement, Mosher's hiring would require approval of the Town Board due to his relation by marriage to the Highway Superintendent.

In other business, the ongoing issue of clearing Main Street's sidewalks took a step toward resolution as two sealed bids were read. The bids were accepted for providing "on call" snow removal service in the event that Warren County could not perform to the Town's satisfaction.

Local contractor, Jim Jones, was awarded the contract with the lowest "per load" bid. Funding for the snow removal will be provided through a line-item surplus identified in the 2008 budget.

As a follow-up to a recent verbal incident involving Parks Supervisor, Matthew Olden, the Board moved to formally approve a letter of reprimand.

The reprimand stated that Olden would be required to modify his verbal behavior and that any additional incident involving a racial slur would result in his immediate termination.

Olden was recently the subject of scrutiny for racially offensive comments made during the course of a Town Board meeting.

Finally, in honor of decades of service to the Town, the Board moved to accept the resignation of Mrs. Doris Patton as Town Historian.

Recognized as a dedicated and committed resource to the community - Patton was honored with a proclamation of appreciation. The audience celebrated the reading of the proclamation with a round of applause.

The Town is currently accepting applications for the part-time position which is anticipated to be filled in Jan. of 2009.

The next meeting of the Johnsburg Town Board will be Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., in the Wevertown Community Center.

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