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Johnsburg board overrides bed tax committee, grants shuttle funding

— After the meeting, Olesheski said that the recommendations the committee produced were strictly based on the directions and guidelines they were provided. The application clearly states: “Funding for up to four years only for the same request; each year, similar requests diminished by 25%.”

It was because of this stipulation — which as written didn’t provide any leeway — that he and the committee did not use the formula for ranking the projects. That formula is used in the event that it is necessary to allocate funds based on merit because there is not enough money to meet the requests of all eligible applicants.

Olesheski said that he had in the past raised the issue of using the Warren County guidelines, which include a clause for funding perpetual projects. For him, the biggest stumbling block was the way the current rules and guidelines are written.

The next Johnsburg Town Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Tannery Pond Community Center.

2013 awards

•North Country Hardship Fund - Wayne Stock VI - $1,375

•Johnsburg Fine Arts - Mosaic Project - $2,417.50

•Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce - Rec. Seminars - $1,120

•Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce - Business Directory - $1,125

•Chamber of Commerce - Adventure Festival - $2,500

•Tannery Pond Community Center Association - Jazz Concert - $2,000

•North Creek Business Alliance - River Music - $1,375

•Chris Hitchcock Memorial Fund - Ride/Pig Roast - $2,770.30

•North Creek Business Alliance - Cruise Nights - $2,598.75

•Railway Depot Museum - Rail Fair - $750

Not awarded

•Summit at Gore Condos - Shuttle - $5,000

The reason they were not awarded any money was because they failed to meet the application requirements. Specifically, their unwillingness to participate with the North Creek Business Alliance shuttle. One of the requirements is that the “project must be all-inclusive of the community.”

Amended

•North Creek Business Alliance - Shuttle - $13,200 request

In the end, the Town Board awarded $10,000 to the shuttle from the committee's funds, contrary to the committee’s recommendation. Supervisor Ron Vanselow said he would come up with the $3,200 balance.

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