Note: This story has been corrected to correctly identify the municipalities bearing the financial burden of the River Valley Drive maintenance project. The Village of Granville solely paid for the project. Washington County and the Town of Granville pitched in equipment and workers.

 

By Krystle S. Morey

Washington County transferred ownership of the parcel containing River Valley Drive to the village last week.

The village of Granville now owns 2.1 acres of the former Mettowee Fields subdivision off North Street, so now, after 20 years of neglect and complaints from residents, the roadways can be improved and maintained by the village.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its meeting last Friday to transfer ownership of the parcel to the village.

Town Supervisor Matt Hicks, the village’s liaison on the property with the county, said there was no objection by the board regarding the transfer.

The county foreclosed on the former subdivision after its former owner neglected to pay the taxes. The 46 vacant parcels were sold at a tax auction in June.

One parcel was pulled from the auction at the request of the village because the parcel contained a pump station and its rights-of-way, River Valley Drive and Slate Valley Drive.

The badly deteriorated condition of River Valley Drive has drawn grievances from residents for two decades because, since it was privately owned, the village was unable to maintain it.

Since the foreclosure, much work has been completed on River Valley Drive. The pot holes and ruts have been filled in and the road has been filled in with millings. It is awaiting the availability of a paving crew. Paving, which will be paired on a timeline with other nearby projects, is set to happen the second week of September.

Through the use of shared services the project cost to the village was reduced to about $22,000: $11,100 paid to the county for materials used and $10,000 to the paving company for its services. The town of Granville and Washington County assisted with labor.

 

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