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Johnsburg Town Board takes government to the people

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Johnsburg Town Hall Photo by Andy Flynn.

— In other news:

Leaders of Johnsburg Youth Baseball/Softball asked the Town Board for permission to rebuild dugouts and the concession stand at the Sodom baseball field. Rob Readinger told the board that through donations, the group had sufficient materials to revisit a project started last season to replace the dugouts.

Some of the discussion centered on what color the new dugouts would be. Readinger suggested blue and white, consistent with the Johnsburg Central School colors.

The board welcomed the notion of volunteers constructing new facilities at the field.

Additionally, Rob Wing, who owns a landscaping company, offered to do some grounds work to get the field ready.

Supervisor Vanselow informed the Board that he had recently eaten lunch at the Senior Meal Site with 53 Johnsburg seniors and several county officials.

Vanselow said he had good news regarding the program, after reports earlier this year that the county was considering consolidating meal preparation at a single site and transporting pre-cooked meals to satellite locations such as Johnsburg.

“Nobody’s having their meals taken away,” Vanselow reported. “They’ve backed way off their original plan. They’re going to continue essentially unchanged for the foreseeable future.

The Board voted to switch energy providers from National Grid to Ambit energy. Ambit representatives Michael Dunkley and Tom Welch told the board that there was no cost to switch and that Ambit would guarantee the town a minimum of 1 percent. The average is more like 3 to 7 percent, Dunkley said. The town will get a monthly rebate based on its 15 highest meters. Councilman Peter Olesheski abstained from the vote because he is an Ambit consultant. He assured the board he would not benefit in any way from the switch.

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