Village of St. Johnsville residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, March 19, to elect trustees and a justice, the same day residents of the newly merged Oppenheim-Ephratah - St. Johnsville school district will vote to elect members from a slate of board of education candidates.
“It’s important village residents vote in both elections,” Mayor Bernard Barnes said during Tuesday evening’s board of trustees meeting. “The polls for both votes will be open during roughly the same hours, so hopefully village residents will take the time to cast ballots for their village representatives and justice, as well as for their school representatives. They’re both important votes.”
The polls for the village election will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at the Community House at 16 Washington St., according to a resolution adopted by the board of trustees Tuesday night.
A second resolution adopted by the board Tuesday night said the village will not conduct a voter registration day in advance of the March 19 election. Instead, individuals wishing to register to vote in the election must contact the voter registration board in Fonda, according to the resolution.
“Having a village election the same day as a school election may cause some confusion, but as long as village residents remember they have to vote in two separate elections everything should be OK,” said Barnes. “Having the elections on the same day may even bring more people to the polls.”
In other business Tuesday evening, Barnes commented on the $195,457 the village recently received in Safe Routes to School moneys from the state Department of Transportation for crosswalks, signage and sidewalk replacement along Monroe and Averill streets.
“This money will make it safer for children to walk to school,” he said, adding many sidewalks in the target area are uneven. “The announcement really could not have come at a better time.”
Trustee Margaret DiGiacomo said the grant moneys were applied for under a joint venture between the village, St. Johnsville Central School District and urban renewal agency.
“It’s a good example of what entities can accomplish when they work together,” she said.
Construction is expected to begin in spring, said Barnes.
• The village will issue a request for proposals to secure additional quotes from vendors similar to Syracuse-based Johnson Controls, which offers products and services to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings. Barnes said the board is considering possible energy savings measures the village can adopt and implement in an effort to reduce its budget.