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New rafting company to open in North Creek

If two local entrepreneurs succeed in launching their business from a garage behind Izzy’s Market on Main Street in North Creek, the area will add another rafting company to its offering of outdoor adventure experiences.

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Johnsburg board considers condemning Cuomo's SAFE Act

The New York SAFE Act wasn’t on the Johnsburg Town Board agenda for the Feb. 19 regular board meeting, but it only took a question from a resident in the audience to move the issue to the forefront of the Board’s consciousness.

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Johnsburg Planning Board sees changing of the guard

The Johnsburg Town Board unanimously appointed Cork Nester on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to succeed Dottie Osterhout as town Planning Board chairman after Osterhout stepped down from the board after a tenure that spanned more than 22 years.

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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.

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Rafting company proposes new base complex; neighbor objects

Beaver Brook Outfitters, Wevertown

Sometimes one man’s vision is another man’s blight. Such is the case in North River where Peter Burns seeks to move the base of operations for Wevertown-based Beaver Brook Outfitters to a parcel of land along Route 28.

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Johnsburg Town Board organizes for 2013

Councilman questions town attorney appointment

The Johnsburg Town Board made quick work of its 2013 organizational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Wevertown Community Center, spending just 27 minutes gavel-to-gavel to approve a host of resolutions designed to give the board form and structure for the coming year.

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Johnsburg appoints interim town justice

The recent retirement announcement by Johnsburg Town Justice James French put the Town Board in a predicament at its board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 21 as it tried to decide how to proceed in replacing French.

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Johnsburg Town Board restores some museum funding, approves 2012 budget

The Johnsburg Town Board approved a $1.2 million spending plan for 2013 on Thursday after adding $5,000 funding for the North Creek Depot Museum and an additional $4,000 for Hudson Headwaters Health Center.

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Johnsburg Planning Board approves Riverside Fire Department expansion

The Johnsburg Planning Board unanimously approved plans for an addition to the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department building on Riverside Station Road on Monday, Oct. 22.

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Johnsburg board mulls modest property tax increase

2013 spending plan under 2 percent tax cap increase

Johnsburg taxpayers can anticipate a property tax increase less than the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap.

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Johnsburg board looks to release 2013 budget

The public will get its first glimpse at the tentative 2013 Johnsburg town budget at the next town board meeting on Oct. 16, Supervisor Ron Vanselow announced at the Oct. 2 Town Board meeting.

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Wevertown eatery plans unveiled

A long-shuttered Wevertown eatery will reopen in the coming weeks if a local man’s plan comes to fruition.

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Johnsburg board mulls funding for Depot Museum

For years, the town of Johnsburg general fund budget has contained a line item appropriating money to help support the North Creek Depot Museum.

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Johnsburg to state: Reduce speed on Route 28

The Johnsburg Town Board decided Tuesday that it will again ask the state Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit on a portion of Route 28.

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Gear Source shows Planning Board plans for espresso bar

Sometimes it’s about the process. The Monday, Aug. 27 meeting of the Johnsburg Planning Board didn’t result in any earth-shattering decisions but in tackling the routine business or the evening, the board declared through its actions that the process is working.

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Johnsburg board says no to ATVs on town roads

After 90 minutes of public comment by impassioned partisans on each side of the ATV issue, the Johnsburg Town Board voted 4-1 Tuesday against a proposed law that would have been a preliminary step to allowing all-terrain vehicles on certain town roads.

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Johnsburg board tackles sign issue

A fairly straight-forward question about where to better place an existing sign at the entrance to the hamlet of North Creek led to a far-ranging conversation about signs in general at the Aug. 7 Johnsburg Town Board meeting.

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Ward Hill subdivision approved conditionally

After months of discussion and extensive public comment from residents of nearby neighborhoods, the Johnsburg Planning Board voted unanimously Monday, July 23 to conditionally approve the Ward Hill Subdivision.

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Johnsburg seeks grant for water system upgrades

Johnsburg Town Board members agreed Tuesday, July 10 to seek state Community Development Block Grant funding for upgrades to the town’s water system.

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Johnsburg School Board organizes for new year

In a flurry of largely procedural resolutions Monday, July 9, the Johnsburg Central School Board organized itself in preparation for the coming 2012-2013 school year.

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Planning Board vote near on Ward Hill subdivision

The Johnsburg Planning Board ended public comment on the much-discussed Ward Hill Subdivision proposal Monday, June 25 but deferred action on the plan until its July meeting to allow board members time to craft a draft decision regarding the project.

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Building repairs, infrastructure issues vex Johnsburg Town Board

When the Johnsburg Town Board opened bids for a new roof for the Town Hall on Tuesday, June 19, the news was sobering.

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Wevertown fire coverage takes shape

The town of Johnsburg inched closer to filling the void left by the defunct Wevertown Volunteer Fire Company on Tuesday, June 5 when the Town Board agreed conceptually to a redrawn coverage map agreed upon by chiefs of the town’s six fire companies.

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Johnsburg Head Start numbers too low, may be dropped

Pre-K numbers are up

It’s likely the Head Start Program will not be offered in Johnsburg during the 2012-2013 school year because of an insufficient number of eligible children, Superintendent Michael Markwica told the Board of Education on Tuesday, May 29.

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Town to test for asbestos at Riverfront Park building

The Johnsburg Town Board on Tuesday, May 15 agreed to proceed with asbestos testing at one of three buildings at Riverfront Park.

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Johnsburg town board moves forward with Ski Bowl Park grant

The Johnsburg Town Board on Tuesday adopted a strategy to accomplish a grant-funded project at Ski Bowl Park that will include a new playground featuring a climbing boulder and a multi-use hike-and-bike path.

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Johnsburg board seeks clarity in smoldering fire protection case

The Johnsburg Planning Board and an applicant seeking site plan review for a proposed subdivision find themselves between the proverbial rock and hard place when it comes to certifying the subdivision will have adequate fire protection.

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Resident to Johnsburg Town Board: Be more transparent

Planning Board gets new member

The Johnsburg Town Board meeting was only minutes old Tuesday when controversy erupted over the board’s decision to immediately go into executive session.

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Johnsburg fighting fire company issues on two fronts

With the Wevertown Volunteer Fire Company officially inactive, Johnsburg Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow has requested some of the town’s other contracted fire companies provide coverage for Wevertown residents.

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