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Granville town meeting wrap-up 2018

GRANVILLE — Granville residents could have made several decisions to significantly alter the structure of their town offices, but 48 out of 229 registered voters chose instead to keep things mostly the same.
The town report listed more than 20 benefits Granville would gain from starting its own town highway department; currently roadwork is contracted out. Those benefits included repairs that would be done in a timely manner and better-managed costs. The proposal, which included $199,800 to purchase road equipment and hiring a full-time road foreman, was defeated.
Residents then approved a total spending budget of $398,264, of which $191,319 will go toward general town spending and $209,108 will go toward highway spending. That represents an increase of $13,246, or 7.4 percent, in town spending and increase of $41,308, or 24.6 percent, in highway spending.
Granville voters had also considered adding two seats to the three-person selectboard, a question that petitioners had asked be put on the warning, but this proposal was also defeated.
Voters chose Jim Dague for a three-year term on the selectboard. Dague will replace incumbent Sean Linskey. Mark Belisle was re-elected as First Constable and Brett Stickney was elected to a one-year term as Second Constable.
Granville also held its last annual town school meeting. On July 1, Granville will officially join with Hancock to form the Granville Hancock Unified School District, which will have its own six-member school board. School directors said that having the two towns merged will smooth out spikes and valleys in student numbers that have ranged from 70 students two decades ago down as low as 22 and back to 50 in the current year.

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