continued “I think that whoever chooses to live in this town is a native,” said Morehouse.
Pete Oleshski, also running for board, said that as a young man growing up in Johnsburg, he'd often hear others say that they couldn't wait to get out of high school and leave the town.
“I guess I was different,” he said. “I couldn't imagine living anywhere else or raising my family anywhere else.”
Olesheski said he recently started attending a lot of board meetings.
“I wasn't really impressed by what I saw,” he said.
Olesheski said there's a disconnect between the citizens of Johnsburg and their town government. People are frustrated at the condition of the roads, apprehensive about development around Gore and discouraged by the overwhelming focus on tourism in the local economy, he said.
Olesheski promised that he'll take the time to really listen, and if people are still unwilling to go to town meetings, then he'll go into the community and make himself available on their terms.
Gene Arsenault is another current board member running for re-election.
“I see us approaching a crossroads of great change,” said Arsenault.
The progress at FrontStreet development, the people brought to town by the train and a surge in business revitalization all pose great promise for Johnsburg, he said.
“We have to decide how we're going to manage that change. We can't stop it, so we need to decide how to use it to our advantage,” said Arsenault.
He stressed that open government is integral. It's not about speaking, he said. It's about listening to people when they come to you with concerns.
When contemplating a decision, the focus should be “what does the town think about this, not what do I think about this,” said Arsenault.
Roger Mosher is running for town board, and said he understands that some people are put off by his demeanor.
Edited 9/15/11 at 11:27 a.m. to correct names.