Wevertown In the space of a few minutes, Katie Nightingale went from sitting in the audience to occupying a town board seat at Johnsburg's first 2012 town meeting.
“I expected them to take action on the vacant seat tonight,” said Nightingale, “I didn't expect they'd actually make me come sit at the table.”
By the close of the board's organizational meeting, the newest member and only woman on the board was seconding motions, moving along items like the motion to pay warrants and the motion to adjourn, eliciting a quip from board veteran Gene Arsenault.
“We should have had her at the beginning of the meeting,” he said as the meeting approached 9 p.m., “We'd be out of here by now.”
With one board seat empty at the open of the meeting and new member Pete Olesheski appearing a bit unsure as he carefully crafted and amended motions, the two-page agenda for establishing town titles took a fair amount of discussion, with a couple items tabled for future meetings.
Hitchcock submitted an update to the town board on needed roadwork and its costs.
After replacing culverts on a 1.75-mile stretch from the Collignon Lane and Hudson Street intersection to the county bridge, the highway department should have plenty of leftover Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding to cover most of the $138,000 project.
Six-tenths of a mile of road from the county bridge and Hudson Street to Garnet Lake road will be resurfaced at a cost of $99,900.
He'll also replace failed culverts around town at an estimated cost of $20,000.
In the organizational meeting, the Town Board made the following appointments:
•Incoming Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow was appointed budget officer.
•Arsenault was appointed as deputy supervisor.
•Cherie Ferguson was re-appointed to town secretary.
•JoAnn Smith received the titles of town historian, deputy town clerk and deputy registrar.