Residents express concern over road materials

JOHNSBURG - The Johnsburg Town Board met at Wevertown Community Center Tuesday, Dec. 7 for their first of two scheduled monthly board meetings.

Theresa Roeder attended the meeting to express concern about some of the materials that are being used by the Town of Johnsburg Highway Department near her home on Coulter Road in Johnsburg. She supplied photographs of the effects the material is having on her property. Paul and Peter Heid presented an informal petition from local residents who are also not satisfied with the material. The board asked the highway committee to meet with Highway Superintendent Dan Hitchcock regarding the material.

Approval was made to fund a refundable Hudson River Quadricentennial Kiosk in the Town of Johnsburg. The Kiosk will include history an local information.

Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed gave an update that the Wevertown cell tower is the APA approval process. The town's APA liaison expects approval by the end of the year. If approved while the weather holds, ground breaking will begin immediately. The North Creek cell tower is estimated to break ground in late spring of 2011 due to trouble finding a location for the tower.

The engineer on the Harrington Bridge project gave an update as to the progress of the repairs. Concrete abutments have been installed and tested. The Highway Department is now cutting eye beams and preparing to install wood planks and railings. Goodspeed asked about when the bridge will be drivable. The bridge will be drivable once the planks and railings are installed and will eventually receive an asphalt top.

The board will explore amendments to zoning ordinance to exclude hamlets from certain signage regulations, to accommodate local business owners.

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