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Johnsburg town candidates convene to confab with citizens

Candidates for Johnsburg town government were given a chance to make their case for election at the Ski Bowl Lodge Sept. 12.

Candidates for Johnsburg town government were given a chance to make their case for election at the Ski Bowl Lodge Sept. 12. Photo by John Grybos.

— “Running for supervisor is kind of like going back to school,” he said.

There's a steep learning curve when learning about all the issues affecting the town, he said.

Record discovered North Creek when he was 19, driving from Inlet to Lake George. He was driving down North River hill when he thought, “this is really beautiful.”

Record agreed that public areas need more landscaping attention. The sides of the roads around town are overgrown, a problem he doesn't find in other locales like Inlet.

The gateway to the community looks like an abandoned lot, said Record. The town just bought a new lawnmower, why not go over there and mow it down?

There are other small maintenance issues that make the town's buildings less appealing. Record said the front door to the Wevertown community hall doesn't work properly, and it's become a big joke that that's the way it always was.

Vanselow

Ron Vanselow, a town board member who's running for the supervisor's position, said that he's been in Johnsburg for 34 years, and was Johnsburg's first paramedic.

“It's been an honor to serve the people of this community,” said Vanselow.

He used his turn speaking to criticize Olesheski's comments that the town government and citizens are disconnected.

Vanselow said he does whatever he can to be available, attending fundraisers and barbecues, stopping to talk to people around town.

“People talk to me, and I try my best to act on their requests for help,” he said.

Vanselow's first move if elected would be to return the supervisor's office to the front of the building where it's more accessible, he said.

He also chimed in on the need for property assessments. For last few budget cycles we've tried to keep taxes even, said Vanselow, but it comes with a price. We're putting off important infrastructure improvements and the longer those improvements are put off, the more they'll eventually cost, he said.

To encourage business in town, Vanselow wants to establish an economic council to provide an official venue for expediting grant applications.

On the county level, as a member of the board of supervisors, he will also try to join the public works committee to ensure that Johnsburg is getting its fair share

“We're faced with unprecedented challenges and fantastic opportunities,” said Vanselow.

He asserted that he's prepared for those challenges.

“I don't have to go back to school,” he said. “I'm ready to hit the ground running.”

Edited 9/15/11 at 11:27 a.m. to correct names.

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