North Creek Convening in the Ski Bowl Lodge Sept. 12, the candidates for Johnsburg town government made their case for a turn at the helm.
The event was organized by the Gore Regional Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Dave Bulmer said it was a chance to get to know the candidates a little better.
“We may know them as friends and neighbors, but we may not know where they stand on the issues,” said Bulmer.
The chamber may run a similar panel again a week or so before election, said Bulmer.
Bob Nessle, running for town board, spoke first. The town's decision to take over the Kellogg-Waddell property was a poor one, he asserted. Now that they have it, though, they need to work to improve it and make it useful to townspeople and visitors.
“I'm dedicating my candidacy to whatever I can do to change the ambience down there to a riverfront walk, a riverfront park,” said Nessle.
Nessle also made it clear that he was unhappy with the town's decision to close the beach, which he volunteered time and effort to establish.
Frank Morehouse, a current board member who's running again, said the Kellogg-Waddell property was a great piece of property, buildings or no buildings.
He chimed in on the beach, and said that the town needs swimming, but it also needs roads and bridges. Some hamlets, he reminded the audience, don't even have sidewalks.
In a broader sense, Morehouse said, “I believe strongly that we need to develop within our community,” and places we don't want to develop we need to preserve.
Part of that development should be a property reassessment throughout the town, said Morehouse. The project might take four or five years, but is needed, he said.
Morehouse did some research and found he has four generations of grandfathers buried in town, but he doesn't feel that makes him special when it comes to community involvement.
Edited 9/15/11 at 11:27 a.m. to correct names.