Resident to Johnsburg Town Board: Be more transparent

Planning Board gets new member

The Johnsburg Town Board meets at Scout Hall in Sodom Tuesday, April 17.

The Johnsburg Town Board meets at Scout Hall in Sodom Tuesday, April 17. Photo by Mike Mender.

— Later in the evening, after the board adjourned from executive session and resumed the regular meeting, it unanimously voted to appoint Richards to the planning board.

Other business

•Transfer station: In other news, after listening to Kathleen Suozzo of Cedarwood Engineering explain the process for awarding a bid for the reconstruction of the town’s transfer station that was destroyed by fire last summer, the board awarded the project to AB Construction of Amsterdam, NY, at a low bid of $77,308.

Suozzo said that once the bid was awarded, the company would need four to eight weeks lead time before construction would begin. Cherie Ferguson, Vanselow’s administrative assistant, explained that all but the engineering fees and project oversight costs would be covered by the town’s insurance policy. Councilman Arsenault wondered why all the costs wouldn’t be covered. Ferguson explained that she’d asked numerous times about the other costs and each time was told they wouldn’t be covered.

“Ask again,” Arsenault said.

•Wevertown fire district: Vanselow updated the board on other pending issues including the situation with the town’s volunteer fire coverage. Vanselow said he thought he had an agreement Saturday among chiefs from Johnsburg, North Creek and Riverside to redraw the fire district boundaries to absorb the area comprised by the former Wevertown fire district.

Unfortunately, Vanselow said, he got a call Monday from the North Creek chief indicating that the North Creek fire commissioners would need to approve any changes to the North Creek Fire District boundaries, a development that postponed finalizing the realignment.

“But we’re getting close,” he added.

•Streetscape project: A bid for the North Creek streetscape project should be ready to be awarded soon, Vanselow said. Warren County Office of Planning and Community Development Deputy Director Wayne LaMothe is “crunching the numbers,” Vanselow said and should have a recommendation very soon.

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