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Vanselow chairs last 2011 Johnsburg Town Board meeting

— With Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed absent for the last town meeting of 2011, Supervisor-Elect and current Councilman Ron Vanselow got a chance to test drive his new seat as meeting chair Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Though the agenda was long, the items were mostly housekeeping by the board, and Vanselow ran the meeting in an hour and a quarter.

The town cleared its first FEMA award recently for the first round of flooding this past year, in April. This award totals $223,461.50. Johnsburg Highway Superintendent Dan Hitchcock requested and was approved for $193,213.77 of the FEMA funding for a new plow truck.

A plow truck from 1995 has cracks in the frame. In correspondence to the board, Hitchcock said he'd had the cracks inspected by welders, but none of the repairmen he surveyed thought the frame could be repaired to make the truck safe for drivers.

The cracks are at places where extra metal plating could not be applied, so any fixes would be too weak to be dependable, said Hitchcock.

Hitchcock plans to cannibalize parts from the retired plow to sustain another town plow from the same year. He said parts for these trucks are very difficult to get, and sometimes take weeks to arrive when they're found.

Warren County Planning Department's Wayne Lamothe presented to the board on a grant secured for Main Street improvements.

Lamothe compared the upgrades to Lake Placid's downtown. Sidewalks would be accented with brick pavers, public trash cans would be placed and benches would be installed. The sidewalks would be improved, handicap ramps would be plentiful and crosswalks would be a likely part of the plan.

The project would be on a three-year funding plan, and they've secured $48,116 in 50/50 matching funds that must be met by town-provided funds or project work done by town employees.

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