Johnsburg fills one vacancy on Planning Board

Town Board still seeks volunteers

The Johnsburg Town Board, March 2012

The Johnsburg Town Board, March 2012 Mike Mender

— The Johnsburg Planning Board is one member closer to being fully staffed after the Johnsburg Town Board Tuesday, March 6 appointed Bill Moos to the unexpired term of Nate Pelton, who had two years remaining on his term.

“I’ve spoken to (Planning Board Chairwoman) Dottie (Osterhout) and she’d be pleased to have Bill on the board,” said Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow. “I’ve known Bill a long time and I’d be pleased to have him on the Planning Board.”

Moos wrote to Vanselow expressing interest in being appointed to the Planning Board and has been attending Planning Board meetings in recent months.

“I’ve known Billy a long time,” said Town Board Member Peter Olesheski. “I’ve had some long conversations with him. He’s a younger guy. He grew up here. He’s getting strong roots here ... He wants to help and do something positive.”

Vanselow said he felt comfortable appointing Moos to the vacancy on the Planning Board without going through the formality of an interview.

But resident Bob Nessle questioned the wisdom of doing so, saying that if Vanselow appointed Moos without interviewing him, the next person to apply for a position on the Planning Board might expect the same treatment.

“It opens a can of worms,” Nessle said.

But Vanselow pointed out that the last individual appointed to the Planning Board, Janet Konis, was appointed without a formal interview.

“She was a known entity,” Vanselow said by way of explanation, adding that appointments to the Planning Board are up to the Town Board to do as it sees fit. “It’s purely at our discretion.”

The board voted 4-0 to appoint Moos with Eugene Arsenault, Arnold Stevens, Olesheski and Vanselow voting yes. Board member Kate Nightingale was absent.

The Planning Board still has one vacant seat and one vacant alternate position. Any Johnsburg resident interested in serving on the Planning Board may send a letter to Town Hall for consideration.

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