Johnsburg board tackles sign issue

Sign welcoming motorists to North Creek

Sign welcoming motorists to North Creek Photo by Andy Flynn.

— A fairly straight-forward question about where to better place an existing sign at the entrance to the hamlet of North Creek led to a far-ranging conversation about signs in general at the Aug. 7 Johnsburg Town Board meeting.

Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow sought his board’s input on where the town could move the sign that currently sits on the edge of the Cunningham property along Route 28 that directs motorists to turn onto Main Street to get to the hamlet’s business district. Vanselow said the Business Alliance has had some discussions on the issue and he wanted the board’s input.

The problem, Vanselow said, is that if motorists turn onto Main Street, they must travel more than a mile through a residential neighborhood and past the school to get to the business district.

A more straight-forward approach, Vanselow suggested, would be to place the sign closer to the intersection of Route 28 and Route 28N, which would lead motorists more directly to the business district.

Vanselow wondered if the sign might temporarily be placed on the Ski Bowl Park side of Route 28 near Route 28N so that motorists would see it in time to make the turn onto 28N.

Some, including Town Secretary Cherie Ferguson, suggested that the sign would be more visible on the other side of the road for cars traveling north on 28. Ferguson suggested placing the sign on town-owned land near the intersection with Peaceful Valley Road.

Resident Dave Bulmer suggested that if the town is going to move signs, perhaps the timing is right to look at creating a comprehensive plan for signs in the town, especially with the upcoming Main Street Improvement Project. Bulmer wondered if the town could tie into the grant that is funding the project to get reimbursed for sign work in the corridor.

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