Johnsburg buried in cemetery grass

— Councilman Peter Olesheski suggested trying to arrange for residents from the Moriah Shock Incarceration Facility to work for the town during the summer cutting the grass.

Vanselow agreed that it could be a good idea and noted that all the residents at Moriah are non-violent offenders and have been used in other towns such as Minerva in past seasons to help with public works type projects.

“But I’m not sure I want to put all my eggs in that basket,” Vanselow said, explaining that he thought there likely wasn’t sufficient time to arrange it before Memorial Day. “I think there may be a list you’d have to get on.”

Councilman Gene Arsenault endorsed the notion of getting bids on what it would cost to have a contractor cut the grass.

“Let’s at least see what the prices are,” he said.

Councilwoman Kate Nightingale agreed that getting bids from a contractor was preferable than trying to hire the town’s young people.

“How are the kids going to get to the cemeteries with the equipment,” Nightingale asked. “Would (Building and Parks staffer) Matt (Olden) have to interrupt what he’s doing to go get them and bring them back?”

After much discussion, a consensus coalesced around the idea of hiring a private contractor.

“Bid it out for two times,” reasoned Jo Ann Smith. “Then Matt, if he had time, or if we had extra help, they could do it in between.”

The town budgeted $11,500 in its line item for cemetery maintenance, Vanselow told the board. He learned there could be more money available during a recent session he had with the town bookkeeper in which they reviewed various accounts. The money could be used to hire some temporary help to supplement the efforts of the mowing contractor the town eventually hires, Vanselow said.

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