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Johnsburg board tackles sign issue

Sign welcoming motorists to North Creek

Sign welcoming motorists to North Creek Photo by Andy Flynn.

— 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.

Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow sought his board’s input on where the town could move the sign that currently sits on the edge of the Cunningham property along Route 28 that directs motorists to turn onto Main Street to get to the hamlet’s business district. Vanselow said the Business Alliance has had some discussions on the issue and he wanted the board’s input.

The problem, Vanselow said, is that if motorists turn onto Main Street, they must travel more than a mile through a residential neighborhood and past the school to get to the business district.

A more straight-forward approach, Vanselow suggested, would be to place the sign closer to the intersection of Route 28 and Route 28N, which would lead motorists more directly to the business district.

Vanselow wondered if the sign might temporarily be placed on the Ski Bowl Park side of Route 28 near Route 28N so that motorists would see it in time to make the turn onto 28N.

Some, including Town Secretary Cherie Ferguson, suggested that the sign would be more visible on the other side of the road for cars traveling north on 28. Ferguson suggested placing the sign on town-owned land near the intersection with Peaceful Valley Road.

Resident Dave Bulmer suggested that if the town is going to move signs, perhaps the timing is right to look at creating a comprehensive plan for signs in the town, especially with the upcoming Main Street Improvement Project. Bulmer wondered if the town could tie into the grant that is funding the project to get reimbursed for sign work in the corridor.

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John 2 years, 2 months ago

Anybody traveling down route 28 could very easily think that North Creek is a small town of two gas stations and Basil and Wicks. To avoid this misconception, there should be a sign on the corner of Rt. 28 and Hanpeter Street that should read "NORTH CREEK VILLAGE, 1 1/2 MILES AHEAD, TURN RIGHT'.. When they turn off, there should be a sign pointing cars down Main Street so that they don't end up going down Route 28N. In fact, the sign at Main St. and Rt 28 can be moved next to the corner of Tannery Pond CC and people will see it so much better and be able to appreciate it.

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woodchuck2 2 years, 2 months ago

How about we change the zoning in this Town and permit more business to be built on RT28 instead of restricting business only to Main St. ???? Main St is full of small business and the few places that are left for development have astronomical prices on them for rent or purchase. Then there is a parking issue, road width issue and a Town board who criticizes to the point of what shrubs and color of mulch they demand to see. I think if you allow more business to be built on RT28 you will find a reasonable excuse to slow down traffic and the tourists will see actual development without being led by signs into a small Town that restricts its own growth. Lets think now, Lake George, Warrensburg, Chestertown, Pottersville, Schroon Lake are all on RT9. Brant Lake is on RT8, Indian Lake is on RT 28 and RT 30. There must be a reason for all these Towns to be utilizing the main RT for business??

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