Granville’s town budget approved

Granville’s 2023 budget is now official, town board members giving it their approval at the Thursday, Nov. 10 meeting. The new spending plan carries a 1.93% tax hike over the current year, small enough that no one showed to speak pro or con at the public hearing.

According to town supervisor Matt Hicks, the new budget adjusts the assessor’s clerk’s salary and puts in contingency monies for fuel and electricity as both energy sources are anticipated to see cost increases.

Selling the old town hall

At its October meeting the town board agreed to put the former town hall building at 43 Main St. up for sale, tied to the Washington County Online Foreclosure Auction, hoping to increase exposure and perhaps generate some bids. That auction closes on Nov. 15, and the board has scheduled a special meeting for the following afternoon to go over bids and hopefully accept one.

Hydrant installations

There are currently some dead-end roads in the town that are part of the North Granville Water District that do not have hydrants at the end of the line. This creates some problems when it comes time to completely flush these lines. The board members agreed to the purchase of six new hydrants to help solve the problem. The money will come from the town’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) monies.

Other notes

The town board scheduled a public hearing on its fire district contracts for the Dec. 8 meeting at 7:30 p.m. Board members also agreed to contribute $500 toward the Elmwood Cemetery’s bill for the cleaning of the headstones at the two Revolutionary War cemeteries on County Route 24. They commended the cemetery association for a job well done.

Bring on Old Man Winter: The Highway Department says its trucks are outfitted with snowplow and wing frames and ready for the first flakes to fall.