Johnsburg Town Board awards scrap metal bid

— The Johnsburg Town Board on Tuesday, Jan. 15 awarded the 2013 scrap metal bid to Eastside Metals and Recycling. The company will pay the town $203 per net ton for scrap metal hauled away from the town transfer station.

Two other companies submitted bids. Northern Car Crushers offered $75 per net ton and Earth Waste Systems offered $122.22 per net ton.

The contract comes as the town redoubles its efforts to crack down on its decade-old ban on “picking” at the town transfer station. Recent reports of individuals picking through debris at the transfer station for scrap metal and hauling it away to sell for their own profit caused town officials to remind town employees of the no picking policy.

In other business, the Town Board approved an agreement between the town highway department and the town that spells out the highway department’s good faith estimate of work on town roads, culverts and related projects during 2013. The agreement describes plans to resurface the Riparius end of River Road and culvert replacement in the vicinity of Sodom Road as well as general repairs and maintenance on the 94 miles of roads in the town.

Supervisor Ron Vanselow sought and received approval from the board to advertise for volunteers willing to fill vacancies on the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Assessment Review. Anyone with an interest in serving on any of those boards should submit a letter of interest and qualifications to Town Hall.

The Johnsburg Town Board will meet again at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Wevertown Community Center.

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