The 2012 Johnsburg budget presented by Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed doesn't break the tax levy cap, but brushes it at a 1.98 percent increase.
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continued But the intention is good, and a leaner town budget is the right way to go, said Goodspeed.
Board member Gene Arsenault said, “I personally have the feeling that we're holding on by our fingers.”
The town has to spend for major repairs needed for buildings, like the roof at the senior meal site. Mowing the cemeteries is good, but there are other problems that need to be addressed, he said. Sidewalks in North Creek need repairs, but many hamlets haven't had any attention paid to their pedestrian walkways in years, said Arsenault.
A new action plan should be a priority. The one created for the town in 1993 returned its investment many times over with grant application awards, said Arsenault.
Johnsburg needs to send the message that it will invest in its future and cares about its public appearance, Arsenault said.
Increasing the difficulty of already hard budget decisions has been an unavailable town bookkeeping office, said Arsenault. When he's tried to stop in personally, the office is empty. He had to make six requests for information on some unexpended funds.
In other town business, parking at the Black Hole area on Harrington Road had no action. After public comment concerned with vague wording in the law's title and some of its body, the document will be returned to town attorney Tony Jordan for editing.
The town beach's permit to list as a swimming spot is no longer valid, said Cedarwood engineer Cathy Suazzo. She's contacted a program at Paul Smith's College that offers land use recommendations as part of a class curriculum. Upper-level students will review the beach and its uses to build a presentation recommending changes to the area under a professor's guidance. It will cost the town nothing, and the board approved the idea.
The town's transfer station likely won't get a compacter until next spring, but a weatherproof shelter is needed onsite now to protect staff from the elements. The town is reviewing options locally.
The Kellogg property by the train depot has a new, official name — Riverfront Park at Railroad Place. Kate Hartley said the most vocal members of the naming committee were those most opposed to the property committee's first attempts at a name.
The property will soon be reviewed by engineers for repair recommendations.