By Matthew Reitz
Granby officials discussed a proposal for painting and repairs at local cemeteries, the status of an impending water service project, and a plan to evaluate the town’s heavy duty truck fleet at the town meeting last week.
The town received a proposal to repair and paint the fences at Merritt Road, Granby Center and Lewis cemeteries. The work would include repairing the stone wall at Lewis Cemetery and repairing or replacing the steps at Granby Center Cemetery. The cost of the proposed projects is expected to be $1,800 for Granby Center, $1,100 for Lewis and $1,200 for Merritt.
Rhonda Nipper, a cemetery records clerk in the town, said it has been years since the town has done anything with the cemeteries and urged the board to move forward with the projects.
“The town has done nothing with the cemeteries in years,” Nipper said. She said the time has come for the town to do something with the cemeteries and noted that it has money available for the projects.
“Every year we put money in the budget and it never gets done,” Nipper said.
Councilor Eric Clothier said the cemeteries had been in need of repair for some time, but he was apprehensive about moving forward when the board had seen only one proposal regarding the projects.
Councilor Lori Blackburn was concerned that if the board didn’t take action it would be another month closer to winter before the project was authorized. Blackburn made a motion that the town start by approving the work at Granby Center Cemetery and move forward one cemetery at a time. The board unanimously agreed.
The board gave an update on the Water Service Area 6A project, for which the DEC recently posted notice of a complete application. The town is now awaiting a funding letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the water service area before it can put the project out for bid. Documents have already been sent to the town from the USDA regarding another anticipated water service area. According to Town Supervisor Ed Williamson, the town will not proceed with Water Service Area 7 until after it has secured funding for the 6A endeavor.
A petition from residents on Lakeshore Road was presented to the board outlining their desire to be added to one of the town’s water districts. The residents requested that water service be expanded to their homes as soon as possible. Williamson said the board would review the petition, but said it would likely be a matter of years before water service could actually be installed along that road.
Some residents also commented on ongoing concerns regarding the gravel mine on county Route 85.
Williamson said he and resident Christine Bassett had delivered letters to residents in the vicinity of the mine who may be having problems with their well water. Williamson said the letters instructed residents on how the county can help them get their wells tested. The letters were in response to concerns over potential contaminants and impurities that arose after some residents noticed discoloration of their water. He told Bassett and the board that the letters were getting people’s attention.
“I know that people are picking the letters out of their mailboxes because they’ve been calling the county already,” Williamson said.
Resident Lynn Lyons also addressed the board about dumping that may be occurring at the mine. Lyons said she recently saw a truck going into the pit filled with road surfacing material. After contacting the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Lyons discovered that a permit had been issued in September 2013 for dumping at the mine site. She asked Williamson if he had been notified and had knowledge of the dumping.
“I wasn’t notified of anything,” Williamson said. “I received nothing.”
The board also unanimously agreed to move forward with an evaluation of the town’s six heavy duty trucks. Williamson said the evaluation would make sure that the town’s trucks were ready for the winter season. The evaluation will cost the town $1,350.