B y Jaime Thomas
The remains of the Nov. 12 fire on Main Street have been the talk of the town as of late, but officials believe it will soon be gone.
A contract has been executed by both sides, and the owners of the buildings that are now a pile of rubble have engaged a cleanup company to clear the debris, according to what Granville Village Clerk Rick Roberts understands after speaking with all parties involved.
“Cleanup should be imminent,” Roberts said at a village board meeting Monday night, as officials told him there is a contract with Edgeco Environmental. Constance Rojcewicz’s insurance adjuster told him the money has been sent, and everyone is simply waiting for it to head to Hawaii, where she lives, and then to Granville. Because of the potential presence of asbestos and therefore large cleanup fee, Roberts said the company will not start the job until they have a down payment.
During the meeting, village officials also approved a motion to take money from their procurement policy to spend $16,000 on flood planks associated with FEMA mitigation. The planks, or gates, would be adjustable and could seal down the water treatment plant when strong rains are expected.
Dan Williams, superintendent of public works, said only five companies in the world make this particular part, and it would make sense the village buys them on its own.
“If we purchase the gates ourselves, when the contractor gets here he can design these walls around the planks. The reason we can buy them is to make the job go easier and faster for us,” Williams said.
Paul Labas said this was a good idea.
“We’re going to end up getting them anyways; if it’s going to save us time and money, I don’t see why not,” he said.
Williams also told the board that water main construction, which was temporarily put on hold for a sewer emergency elsewhere, should be done soon.
In the public comment portion of the meeting, resident George Henry one again addressed the board about their participation in the Pember Museum and Library. He said though he was assured at the previous month’s meeting that a board member would attend the next library board meeting, no one showed up.
“Number one, I’m disappointed. Number two, in light of the things I brought up, the village board is not going to follow through on the deed of Mr. Pember. It’s not just board, it’s many boards before this board that had the sentiment of they’re doing their job, so let them be. I strongly suggest they’re not doing their job,” Henry said.
In response, Mayor Brian LaRose said there was a village board member set to attend the library meeting, but a last minute conflict prevented him from doing so. Additionally, he said there is a private meeting on May 8 between village and library officials to discuss the matter.
“I heard you at the last meeting; I heard you very clearly, and this will take place. I have a meeting set up to address the concerns you have in detail,” he said.
The board also reappointed Ryan Pedone and Mike Zinn as village fire chief and assistant chief.
“I’ve seen a lot of fires, and you’ve done a great, great job,” Trustee Dean Hyatt said. “It was just an outstanding job on Maple Street; what an outstanding knockdown.”
The board will hold their year-end appropriation meeting on May 29 at 6 p.m.