Town board looks to the future

WEVERTOWN In its first meeting in the post-Bill Thomas era on Thursday, the Johnsburg Town Board pointed its ship to the future with a new town supervisor and two new town board members. In the new year, Sterling Goodspeed will switch seats on the board, moving to the head of the table as he succeeds Thomas as town supervisor. Goodspeed said Wednesday that he is eager to dig in and anticipates that 2008 will be an exciting year. Although Thursdays meeting was more organizational in nature with some housekeeping issues to take care of, he expects that he will be in a position to reveal more of his agenda for the coming year at the town board meeting on Jan. 15. The town board will have two new faces this year. Joining incumbent board member Arnold Stevens and newly re-elected board member Eugene Arsenault, both Republicans, is the top finisher in Novembers general election, Frank Morehouse Jr. Morehouse, a Republican, has served several years on the Johnsburg Central School Board. Goodspeeds election as supervisor created a vacancy on the board and Thursday, the board dealt with the issue of whom it would appoint to replace him. Though the board had already signaled its intentions at a meeting in late November, Thursdays meeting made it official with the addition of Ron Vanselow on the board to replace Goodspeed. Vanselow, a Democrat with a long record of public service in the town, most recently on the planning board, finished just eight votes behind Arsenault in the November general election. In appointing Vanselow, the board made good on comments members made at the November meeting when they pledged to put politics aside and listen to the will of the people of Johnsburg. The board will next meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Town of Johnsburg Library.

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