On the record – Johnston

WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday

PRESENT: Dominic Marchese and Davis Denman

ABSENT: Jim Carnes


• Approved a motion as recommended by legal counsel issuing a “No Trespassing” order prohibiting resident Richard A. Tomczyk from being on township property, mostly the cemetery, without prior approval after he was taken to Central District Court in Cortland on Nov. 4 for criminal damages at the township cemetery. Davis said Tomczyk had used weed killer on the grass by markers causing damage to the grass in a large section of the cemetery. Davis said if Tomczyk wants to go to the cemetery or recycling bins he must get prior approval and be escorted there by township staff. Davis said attorney Mark Finamore said Tomczyk would be allowed on township property only under supervised permission;

• Received a request from a Ridge Road resident who wants to raise llamas. Marchese said this is permitted since property is zoned agricultural use and llamas are not considered exotic animals — such as lions and pythons;

• Approved Rachel Brainard as an information tech for maintaining the township website at $50 per month. Residents had requested more information, such as meeting minutes, be on the site;

• Heard from Marchese that the county will clean ditches on Love Warner Road from the Johnston Township line to Route 88;

• Heard from Marchese about checking with the county engineer’s office on paving the entrance drive to get to the recycling bin since many communities in the county beside Johnston use it. He said there are heavy trucks come into the parking lot area to the bin that wear down the drive entrance;

• Will seek Issue 2 funds for next year for paving and improvements to Stoddard Hayes Road;

• Discussed construction of a garage or shed addition for township equipment;

• Rescheduled the next meeting for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

— Bob Coupland


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