Town board reorganizes for 2023

There were no surprises at the Granville Town Board’s re-organizational meeting held in conjunction with the regular meeting on Jan. 12. Of financial importance is the announcement by Supervisor Matt Hicks that there is no change in rates for the North Granville Water District or posted town fees for 2023.

Matt Rathbun was appointed by Hicks as deputy town supervisor. Other appointments include Michael Catalfimo as town attorney, with Sarah Green and Alexander Budd appointed deputy town attorneys. Joel Carpenter was named town accountant and budget officer. William Humphries was appointed as ordinance and codes enforcement officer.

The following appointments were also made:

John Beecher to the Ethics Committee for a three-year term; Dr. Gordan Thomas to the position as town health officer; Raymond Boyea as town constable with William Humphries as deputy; Nancy Quell as dog and animal control officer.

Jenny Martelle was appointed records management officer/access clerk, Pam Martindale as clerk to the assessor, Julie Goff as deputy town clerk, tax collector and registrar of vital statistics and John Mattison was named deputy highway superintendent.

Some other re-organizational resolutions that were approved included naming TD Banknorth and Glens Falls National Bank as the designated depositories for town funds, the Granville Sentinel as the official town newspaper, that regular town board meetings will be held on the second Thursday of the month commencing at 7 p.m. and that the mileage reimbursement rate for town officials and employees using their own vehicles to conduct town business be set at 45 cents per mile. The board also authorized the payment of claims for public utility services, insurance and postage prior to audit. All such claims must be presented for audit at the next regular town board meeting.

It was noted that the installation of new water meters in the North Granville Water District are paying for themselves in savings and helping with leak detection. The highway department has the services of a BOCES student for three hours, three days a week through a Forestry Student Internship.

Hicks noted that the town has closed on the sale of the old town hall on Main Street, all paperwork having been filed on Jan. 4. The town has removed all its belongings and completed a walk-through with the new owners, a firm out of New York City. The owners have yet to disclose exactly how they plan to repurpose the building.