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Johnsburg Town Board takes government to the people

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Johnsburg Town Hall Photo by Andy Flynn.

— If numbers are an indication of success, the Johnsburg Town Board’s effort to take town government to the people is being well received.

On Thursday, March 22, the board convened for its regular bi-weekly meeting at the North River Fire House and the meeting room was full with more than 20 citizens attending.

“We’re trying to get out and around town to make it easier for folks to get out to meetings,” Vanselow said.

Future board meetings will be held at the Scout Hall, the Ski Bowl Lodge, Garnet Lake Fire House as well as the usual sites, Tannery Pond and Wevertown Community Centers.

Those attending the meeting learned, among other things, that the Highway Department is seeking to replace a 1985 John Deere tractor and a 1994 928 Cat Loader both of which are approaching the end of their serviceable life for the department, Highway Superintendent Daniel Hitchcock told the board.

Hitchcock proposed purchasing replacement equipment on state OGS contract and identified a T 50 50 New Holland Tractor costing $97,864.95 and a John Deere 624 K Loader costing, with options, $163,248. The combined cost for both would be $261,112.95.

The tractor being taken out of service is too old to be accepted as a trade, Hitchcock said. The town could sell it at auction or sell it in a closed bid to recover some of the cost of the new tractor. The loader is newer and could be traded in. However, Hitchcock said, the town could keep it and use it as a reserve that would come in handy when the town has to move its sand pit. A third option, Hitchcock said, would be to sell it at auction or in a closed bid with a minimum price of $25,000. The town board voted unanimously to allow Hitchcock to move forward with the purchase.

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