Town awaits Burke’s reply

J aime Thomas

Granville Town Supervisor Matt Hicks said he has not heard back from Tom Burke as of Monday after sending him a letter about two weeks ago.

On behalf of concerned historians and citizens, Hicks sent Burke a request to donate the piece of land the Quaker meeting house sits on from the plot he owns.

“I think he had said if somebody wants it, it’s all theirs,” Hicks said of earlier comments from Burke.

Burke reiterated this point on Monday.

“If you know anybody that wants to move the building or take it, I’m happy to work with them,” he said. He still maintains that he has no immediate plans for the plot of land and does not mean to cause trouble in Granville.

“I have no desire to create any animosity or rancor among any groups in the town,” he said.

Town Historian Edith Sparling, who has been a strong proponent of saving the building, said Hicks does not want her to get her hopes up.

“I think we are all just waiting to see what his answer is, and that’s it,” she said.

Several people have told her they’re willing to work with a committee if the land and building is saved, and Timothy Johnson, a Quaker in the Schenectady area, said there is a strong interest from his group in preserving the building. Sparling again reiterated the importance of keeping the building near the adjacent historical cemetery where former Quakers are buried.

“It’s a possibility, so that’s what we’re working on,” Sparling said. She is hoping at the least Hick’s letter will buy more time before the building is demolished.

Hicks expects to hear back from Burke sometime this month.

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