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The Manchester Newspapers building located at 14 E. Main St. in Granville

The Granville Town Board’s first meeting of 2022 on Jan. 13 served as an organizational meeting and provided updates to the new town offices and the water in North Granville.

After closing on the purchase of the former home of Manchester Newspapers in September, for appropriation up to $235,000, the board has spent the last five months renovating and improving the building.

Board members Jim Bradt and Matt Rathbun have been overseeing the work at the new town offices at 14 East Main St.

“We’re just cleaning up the odds and ends but the building’s looking pretty good,” supervisor Matt Hicks said. “We’re looking at the first week of April just so, with taxes being collected, we don’t have to move all of the computers in the middle of tax season.”

Bradt said the building is still “under construction” after going through one 20-yard dumpster already.

One bathroom has been completed and the other is 95% completed while the heating system was repaired and the wiring and code was brought “up to snuff,” Bradt said.

Referring to the North Granville water district, town highway superintendent Scott Taylor said the needle is moving in a positive direction.

After analysis of the entire district, Taylor and town clerk Jenny Martelle learned there are actually 219 registered accounts in the district, not 243. Taylor explained that some were outdated from previous years.

With the new updated system and technology of the water meters, Taylor can monitor when a meter is out of service or if a leak occurrs.

“They’re amazing. Now, we can tell that (a specific) house is frozen, it shows right on my computer in my office,” Taylor said. “If there’s a break in the house and that meter starts pumping water, it will automatically tell me there’s a leak in that house. So once a week, maybe twice a week during the cold weather when we know it’s coming, we’ll run around reading meters. It takes us 10 minutes now and it used to take us three hours.”

In the water department, Taylor said 900,066 gallons were pumped from the time of last month’s meeting to Jan. 13 with a daily average of 31,161 gallons.

Once an anticipated new well is drilled, Taylor expects the well to pump 20 gallons a minute.

With the recent weather, Taylor wanted to remind all North Granville water district residents to make sure they insulate their meters and put heat tapes on them so they do not break under cold, frigid temperatures, or to leave their faucet dripping so their pipes don’t freeze.

There were no pressing changes to operation of the board during the mandatory annual organizational section of the meeting despite some laughter as to who on the board would be responsible for overseeing specific departments that fall under the town’s watch, such as cemeteries.

“For 2022, I think it’s going to be a collaborative effort from the five of us to handle the cemeteries,” Hicks said, because of the growing number of parcels the town is responsible for maintaining.

One change that was acknowledged by the board was the additions of Sarah Green and Alexander M. Budd as deputy town attorneys alongside the retention of Mike Catalfimo as town attorney.

Board member Ken Quick wanted to spread a message to those in select areas of the town of Granville who suffer from poor broadband connectivity to contact Slic Network Solutions. Quick said he did the week of the board meeting and representatives made a special appointment for him while workers were in the area of County Route 23 and Taylor Hill Road.