Johnsburg Town Board anticipates economic growth

WEVERTOWN The Johnsburg Town Board remains vigilant, as two large-scale North Creek projects appear ready to move forward in the coming months. Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed said he was pleased to report that the state Department of Environmental Conservation released a draft supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Ski Bowl to Gore Mountain interconnect project. A public hearing is scheduled for March 4 at the Gore Mountain Base Lodge, and he encouraged everyone to attend. This is very exciting news and we have been waiting for this for a long time, Goodspeed commented. Its a significant step forward for the project. Weve had some time to take a breath over the last few months. But if Im correct, and I can believe what Im hearing, this is significant progress and may actually be the real thing. The overall project calls for the construction of a ski-resort complex on privately owned land adjacent to Gore Mountain. A trail inter-connection between Ski Bowl Park and the state-run facility is critical to the project's success. A second North Creek housing project also made progress this week; with the boards acceptance of the Tall Timbers water memorandum of understanding (MOU). While the process was delayed for some time, as details were resolved, the acceptance represents a significant step forward for the project. Goodspeed noted his confidence in being able to resolve the issues related to a fire protection MOU, and said he remains confident the project would move forward soon. In other business, the board moved to fill two recent vacancies on the town planning board. Jean Comstock was appointed to a seven-year term, and Nate Pelton was appointed to a one-year term. Peltons appointment will fill the remainder of the term left by Ron Vanselow, following his acceptance on the town board. We had six very strong candidates for the board, Goodspeed said. I think were starting to see a lot of interest from people who want to be involved. Goodspeed brought the issue of much-needed renovations to the Ski Bowl Park warming hut building to the boards attention. Noting the availability of grant funding through National Grid, and the buildings current state of disrepair, he requested the board and audience give some thought to the project. The issue of parking on town property during the Thomas the Tank Engine event again drew the attention of the board. Audience members noted their concern over the strain placed on the town during the event, including the cost of maintaining restroom services at the Ski Bowl parking area. Following a detailed financial representation by railroad representative Joel Beaudin, the board resolved to request the Upper Hudson River Railroad make a donation back to the town for its expenses, in exchange for using the parking area. The next regular meeting of the Johnsburg Town Board will be Tuesday, March 11, at the Wevertown Town Hall.

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