Town hall to try for National Registry

B y Jaime Thomas

Supervisor Matt Hicks asked the town board to pass a motion allowing him to fill out an application to get the Granville town hall on the National Historic Registry during a meeting last Monday.

While he said the idea stems from issues surrounding the Quaker meeting house, it’s also something that has needed to be addressed for a while.

“There needs to be a longer-term plan for this building, so we don’t end up like other historic buildings in the area,” he said.

Town Historian Edith Sparling said the hall, which dates to 1891, is historically significant for its use as a town building and for storage of public records. If it makes it onto the national registry, it would qualify for matching state and federal grant funds.

“We could hope that if there is a problem there, we can get it fixed with grant funds,” Sparling said.

She said she approached the town board a number of years ago imploring them to do what they’re finally doing now. The supervisor at the time told her “they don’t want anybody telling them what to do with their building,” she said.

Now, however, both Sparling and the board are taking steps to register the building.

On Tuesday, Sparling was going to meet with Bill Krattinger, the local state preservation officer. If he approves the building after assessing it and matching it against criteria, he’ll send a proposal to the federal office.

“Once it gains state preservation officer approval, the state wouldn’t have any reason to turn it down,” Sparling said.

Outstanding citizenship award

During the meeting, Butch Hurlburt, a local man, asked the town board if they wanted to join him in an effort to create an outstanding citizenship award in Granville.

“I notice a lot of things that get done and don’t get noticed,” he said. “This community is probably one of the most giving communities I’ve ever been in.”

He gave an example of Alicia Center, whom the community rallied to help after she lost everything in the Main Street fire in November. She in turn recently organized a fundraiser for a family who was in need.

“When they believe in the community, they do things — it has a snowball effect,” Hurlburt said. The village had already agreed to support the initiative, and members of the board said they’d be glad to take part as well.

Assessments

Town Assessor Dan Boone told the board that he will be posting roll for assessments on March 25 and 27 for the public to view before it becomes a tentative roll. Once tentative roll comes out, he said an assessor has no power to change anything.

Boone also said the town will see a lot of foreclosures coming up, but those won’t actually affect assessments.

“It’s going to look like all of the sudden the values are going down, but that’s not the case,” he said.

Final assessment rolls will come out in July.

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