Town, ag. committee considering websites

B y Jaime Thomas

The town of Granville is thinking about getting on line.

Onto the internet, that is.

Town officials discussed the possibility of building a website at a board meeting Thursday night.

Supervisor Matt Hicks said he had asked Councilman Tom Cosey to research a town logo and website. Cosey said he spoke with Josh Gillespie, who built the village’s website.

“It’s pretty comprehensive; it has everything on it. It takes about 30 days to put together. The village paid about $2,000, and that’s the going rate,” Cosey said.

During the discussion of a website, however, Town Accountant Joel Carpenter pointed out that many town residents do not have internet access at home.

“We’re still a rural community, and once you get out of the village there’s a lot of dialup,” Carpenter said.

Hicks said he wasn’t making any decisions but wanted to look into the idea; he also pointed out that the town did not budget for the cost and maintenance of such a project for this year.

“I’m not rushing into it, but I want you to research it,” he said to Cosey. “We’re biting into it, and we’ll see where it goes.”

Of the 17 towns in Washington County, seven do not have municipal websites.

Ag committee seeking grant

Along the same lines, the board passed a resolution for the Agricultural Advisory Committee to apply for a grant.

Ann Hurley, representing the committee, explained that the group found a grant from the Greenway Communities Grant Program that would fund a survey to find out what townspeople are thinking. The committee is also looking at setting up a website.

She explained that the town is more successful in securing future grants as the list of already-attained grants builds.

“They said it’s highly competitive, but having had a grant before puts us ahead,” Hurley said of the $2,500 grant, which the town would have to match. “If we have a series of successes, we move ahead in line.”

“It’s money to create a survey, mail the survey and start a website,” Hicks said.

Should the group actually attain the grant, it would still need permission from the town board to accept it.

Town accepts fuel bid

Also during the meeting, the Town Board accepted Main-Care Energy’s fuel bid.

Only one other company—G.A. Bove—sent in a bid to provide fuel for the town. The bids included lists of various numbers, from the price of diesel to fuel oil, with markups listed as well.

Councilman Matt Rathbun pointed out that such prices fluctuate sometimes daily, and the two bids were mailed on different days.

“They based it (the price) on Monday’s price, and they based it on Tuesday. It’s the markup you want to look at,” he said.

Both current highway superintendent John Tanner and Eric Towne, who is replacing Tanner starting Jan. 1, looked over and calculated the two bids to come up with a winner.

“Based off of our usage, Bove comes in at $250 to $300 per year better. It’s a horserace is what it is,” Tanner said.

But the town has been using Main-Care for a number of years, and the board and Tanner decided the nominal difference didn’t override Tanner’s confidence and experience with their service.

Contracts, reappointments

As the year nears an end, the town reentered into contracts with three local fire departments.

On Thursday evening, the chiefs of Granville Engine and Hose, North Granville and Penrhyn Engine and Hose were on hand to sign contracts.

The board also reappointed Jeff Prouty to five more years on the Planning Board and Owen O’Brien to three more years on the Board of Ethics.

The town’s organizational meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

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