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Maugansville grain mill on its way down

January 04, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

MAUGANSVILLE - A decades-old grain mill in Maugansville is being demolished.

Demolition permits were issued for the mill at 13728 Village Mill Drive in October, according to Washington County Permits and Inspections Director Daniel F. DiVito.

Three of the mill's six silos have been taken down and a crane with a wrecking ball has begun demolishing one of the sides of the building, said Judy Merrbaugh, office manager at Allegany Wrecking and Salvage, which is doing the demolition work.

She said she was not sure how long the demolition will take.

While Merrbaugh said the mill will be completely leveled, it is unclear what, if anything, will take its place.

The mill's owner, Paul A. Sill, could not be reached for comment.

He took over the property with June A. Sill in April 2006 from Maugansville Feed Service Inc., according to state property records.


Before that, the mill was owned by Maugansville Elevator and Lumber Co.

James Martin, the former president of Maugansville Elevator and Lumber, said he sold the mill in 1995 and that it has changed hands twice since then.

"When these old metal structures get old and start to rust, they really become worthless and hard to use," Martin said.

The mill and its surrounding 3.5 acres were assessed at $201,500 in January 2006, according to assessment records.

Martin said he did not know how old the mill is but that he remembers farm traffic going in and out of the mill when he was a child. He said grain, coal, lumber hardware and other farming supplies were sold there in its heyday.

"I'm 75 years old, and I remember going there with my dad," Martin said.

Since then, some people have complained that the mill, which is adjacent to the new Freedom Hills housing development, has become an eyesore.

"I have heard that, but I don't know. It was part of the town. When you see the mill, you know you're in Maugansville," Merrbaugh said.

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