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Out with the old clunker, says Johnsburg board

— A new software system for the town's finances should help streamline bookkeeping efforts and increase the level of information available to citizens when the budget approval process happens.

The town's planning to pursue Enhanced Business Systems software to replace their aging accounting program, said Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed following the Dec. 6 town meeting. At previous meetings, discussions on the state of Johnsburg's current financial tracking pointed out that the clunky old computers running DOS have been laughed at by outsiders.

Goodspeed has maintained that though the machines may be quaint, the financial statements produced by the archaic machines and pixelated software are up to the standards of state auditors. That level of confidence from the state had to be met or exceeded by new software.

Throughout the year, the new software should save time by expediting entry and eliminating redundant steps that must be performed with the current system.

When town budget time rolls around, the data from the new program should be able to provide much greater depth of information to citizens who want to be informed of town spending, and should be easy to share online, said Goodspeed.

In other town news, the planning board vice-chair vacancy left by Tim Record will be filled by Roger Smith, as approved by the planning board and then the town board.

Kelly Nessle submitted correspondence to the board about a pipeline project installed to bring more water to what was the town's swimming hole. It was installed to bring more fresh water to the Ski Bowl pond, hopefully improving clarity, a major reason for beach closure.

Bob Nessle, during construction of the pipeline, had to hire a third party to bring in larger equipment for the dig at an out-of-pocket cost of $2,000. With previous costs of about $1,500, the project was around the proposed cost of $3,500. He thought he had the backing of the town board, but wasn't reimbursed.

To rectify the matter, the town board voted to repay him.

The town is working to get electricity to the temporary trailer at the transfer station.

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