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Johnsburg cuts back on town board meetings

JOHNSBURG-Town board meetings in Johnsburg will be sparse this summer. A decision was made recently to cut the meeting schedule from two meetings a month to one during May through August.

After researching the meeting patterns over the last several years, supervisor Sterling Goodspeed noted that meeting agendas were rather sparse during those months, with the acception of several Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) negotiations that were under way during that time.

Anticipating little ORDA presence at coming meetings Goodspeed therefore opted for one meeting a month with a more substantial agenda.

"We took a careful look at it and we wanted to try this," Goodspeed said. "If it doesn't work, we will certainly do something to better suit the needs of the board and the community."

Despite Goodspeed viewing the decision as a logical step to make the best use of the board's time, some community members said it may slow down the decision-making process and effectiveness of the governing body.

"I think they are going to find it difficult to get things done in a timely manner," said Gore Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce president Dave Bulmer.

During an April 5 meeting of the town board during which council members discussed the town beach, Bulmer said the community would have to wait a full month before further action can be taken by the board if the new monthly meeting schedule were put in place.

Nevertheless, Goodspeed and the board approved the decision for meetings to remain at one a month through August and will then evaluate how the new process works.

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