By Lee Tugas
Traffic safety and still-standing rubble dominated most discussion at Monday night’s meeting of the Granville Village Board, overshadowing formal acknowledgment of completion of the village’s Water Treatment Plant.
Village Mayor Brian LaRose said, “I am as displeased as most” that Edgeco Environmental Corporation still has not begun to clean up debris looming behind a stockade fence on Main Street.
Edgeco officials, LaRose said, had informed him that work would begin Monday on clean-up of debris left behind from a disastrous fire last year. LaRose reiterated that usage agreements between Edgeco and TD Bank had been signed and the clean-up should have begun.
“But we are still waiting for Edgeco,” LaRose said, explaining that he had checked the site and had not seen any signs of debris removal on the promised day, Monday. The mayor said he would contact the company yet again to make certain that clean up begins “very, very soon.”
Traffic troubles were more readily solved. Following a public hearing, the board approved installation of a crosswalk with flashing crosswalk lights, cutting across Church Street at a diagonal to and from the Head Start building. The $4,500 to $5,000 project would also require construction of a concrete ramp at Head Start, reported Dan Williams, superintendent of public works. At a previous meeting, the board reduced the speed limit on Church Street to 20 mph from Water Street to Main Street. After the meeting, Williams said the 20 mph signs would be posted by “the middle of next week.”
During discussion, the board members agreed that businesses and churches in that vicinity should encourage their patrons and members to park their cars in the nearby municipal parking lot to reduce congestion.
The board even authorized moving the Granville Village Sign on Quaker Street further down the road from its current location near TD Bank’s branch office and closer to Craig Campbell Realty in order to accommodate village residents like Al and Mary Constantine-Eekhoff, whose homes lie within village limits but outside the Granville village sign, they said. Williams told the Eekhoff’s he also planned to place flashing crosswalk signs at the crosswalk near Rite Aid, while Mayor LaRose said he would contact Granville Town Supervisor Matt Hicks about the feasibility of installing a street light in that growing commercial area.
One traffic problem remained seemingly intractable. Trustee Paul Labas reported that in front of Cumberland Farms, as many as 12 cars double park — two rows of six cars parked two abreast. Since the area is private property, the board agreed that there was not much it could do, although Mayor La Rose said he would ask the Code Enforcement officer to talk privately with the ownership of the local Cumberland Farms store. The board members agreed that if the property just had a sidewalk, then the village “would definitely” have a means to enforce corrections. Labas described the situation as a traffic “time bomb.”
“I just hope no one gets hurt,” Labas said.
Far exceeding the Church Street crosswalk project in cost, if not in concern, is the Water Treatment Plant. The board formally acknowledged completion of the $4,257,000 water treatment plant and the returning of $415,119 in unused funds to the appropriate state and federal agencies. The board publicly thanked and applauded consultant Jason Preisner, assistant public engineer for Lamont Engineers.
“That takes the place of your Christmas bonus,” Trustee Frank Caruso quipped.
Earlier, Trustee Dean Hyatt lauded Preisner repeatedly for bringing the job in at $4.2 million, keeping change orders, as Heisner reported, at 5 percent. This is in contrast to other projects Hyatt has seen consisting of “change order after change order after change order.”
In other business, the village board:
- Approved insurance coverage for sponsorship of the Granville Youth Soccer Program held at the Little League and Fireman’s Carnival Fields.
- Approved a request from Phil Hoyt for use of Veteran’s Park on Sept. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. for a benefit concert for “Operation Adopt A Soldier.”
- Approved attendance for Village Clerk and Deputy Clerk Rick Roberts and Denise Davies to attend the NYCOM Conference on Sept. 9.
- Offered heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Sal Rizzo, who was honored last week for his 60 years as a fireman, with the hanging of a 20-by-30-foot flag nearly 200-feet in the air, suspended between two ladder trucks from Granville and Queensbury.
- Approved a motion to table discussion of a proposed Draft Employee’s Manual until the September meeting so that members would have more time to read and study the document.
- Approved Granville Engine and Hose Company’s acceptance of Justin McIntyre as a new member.