Oxford, NC– The Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee will begin its 2017-2018 grant cycle on July 1. The cycle will run until September 29, 2017 with a 5 pm deadline. Granville County’s Parks and Recreation Programming Funds are used to facilitate the development and support of active and passive recreation and leisure activities for Granville County residents. The objective is to make these activities available to as many residents, and from as broad a spectrum of residents, as possible. Recreation programming should seek to serve all age groups. The Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee bylaws prohibit discrimination in the use of funds.
Applicants must be a government entity or non-profit organization. Applicants do not have to be a registered 501c-3, but it is encouraged. Municipal governments that receive an allocation based on population from Granville County are allowed to apply for more funds through this grant program.
The Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee has determined geographic and recreational funding priorities for the 2017-2018 fiscal year based on documented demand through recreation surveys and public input at Recreation Advisory Committee meetings, as well as a survey of current parks and recreation inventory. The funding priorities for the committee are listed below. While the committee intends to prioritize certain locations and recreational amenities in order to achieve strategic goals in the county, all locations and projects that meet grant guidelines will be considered. Funding priorities will most likely change from year to year based on need.
Geographic priorities are: areas outside of large municipal limits and areas not in close proximity to existing recreational facilities, especially those of like kind (for example, the committee is less likely to fund a new baseball field if it is in close proximity to another baseball field).
Recreational priorities are: walking trails, playgrounds, ADA and inclusive recreation equipment and recreation for youth and adults of varying needs, dog parks, basketball, bicycle trails, picnic shelters and tables, frisbee/disc golf, pickleball, activities that do not require a membership fee, and open park space for family friendly activities/passive recreation.
The 2017-2018 grant application period runs July 1, 2017-September 29, 2017. All applications must be submitted by September 29th by 5 pm. The application is available on www.granvillecounty.org or by hard copy if you stop by the Granville County Manager’s Office. Applications must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person/by mail to the County Manager’s Office. Grant information sessions will be held throughout the cycle. Visit the website for more information on those sessions.
The Granville County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, July 10, 2017 will hold a public hearing at 7:00 PM or later in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room in the Auditorium at the Granville Expo and Convention Center at 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford, N.C. 27565.
The purpose of the public hearing is to hear public comments on the following land development code text amendment petition:
Granville County Land Development Code Text Amendment Petition
AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE (LDC) THAT WOULD AMEND THE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS FOR GROUND-MOUNTED SOLAR POWER ENERGY SYSTEMS “SOLAR FARMS” IN THE AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT ENTERPRISES CONDITIONAL ZONING DISTRICT. THE CHANGES WOULD INCLUDE: (1) REPLACE THE EXISTING REQUIREMENT THAT THE SOLAR FARM BUFFER BE A 25 FOOT EXISTING VEGETATIVE BUFFER AND/OR BERM WITH A 25 FOOT EXISTING OR PLANTED VEGETATIVE BUFFER THAT MEETS THE BUFFER STANDARDS IN SECTION 32-264 OF THE LDC; (2) REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT SOLAR FARMS NOT BE VISIBLE FROM ANY ADJACENT PROPERTY; (3) ESTABLISH THAT THE SETBACK FOR SOLAR FARMS SHALL BE 50 FEET INCLUSIVE OF THE BUFFER FROM ALL NON-RESIDENTIAL ZONES; (4) REMOVE THE CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE PROVISIONS FOR SOLAR FARMS FROM THE LDC; (5) REMOVE THE SOLAR FARM REQUIREMENTS THAT ALL EMPLOYEES, LEASED EMPLOYEES AND SUBCONTRACTORS HAVE PROPERLY COMPLETED AN I-9 FORM AND HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED A NINE PANEL DRUG TEST; AND, (6) ESTABLISH THAT SOLAR FARMS SHALL NOT ALLOW THE SITES TO BE OVERGROWN WITH GRASS OR OTHER SIMILAR VEGETATION.
The Granville County Planning Board has recommended the text amendment petition with additional clarifying language regarding the amendment petition. The additional clarifying language includes: (1) Plantings shall reach a height of at maturity of at least 10 feet and shall reach maturity in a reasonable amount of time; (2) Maximum height of solar structures changed from 25 feet to 15 feet; (3) Fencing shall be constructed around entire perimeter that is at least 10 feet tall and shall be constructed with chain-link that has dark green slats intended to blend into the natural environment and which are intended to screen direct viewing of the solar farm through the fence (other fencing materials may be approved during the rezoning process that provide at least as much screening and safety as the chain-link fence with slats); and, (4) Remove the word “similar” from text amendment language that seeks to establish that solar farms shall not allow the sites to be overgrown with grass or other similar vegetation.
Changes may be made in the advertised proposal, which reflect debate, objections, and discussions at the hearing. Any interested citizen is invited to attend.
For additional information or public examination, contact the Granville County Planning Department, 122 Williamsboro Street, P.O. Box 877, Oxford, NC 27565; phone 919-603-1331 or fax 919-693-6794.
In preparation for future construction of its own law enforcement complex, Granville County elected officials and staff toured the recently constructed Bladen County, North Carolina, Law Enforcement Facility on Wednesday, June 22. The Bladen County facility, yet to be occupied, was toured by four Granville County Commissioners- Tim Karan, Sue Hinman, Zelodis Jay, and David Smith- as well as Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins, County Manager Michael Felts, Sherwood Boyd (Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy), Trent Brummitt (911 Center Manager), Jimmy Hayes (Detention Administrator), and Edward Cash (Lead Detention Shift Supervisor).
This visit will make the third tour of a law enforcement facility by Granville County leadership, though it is the first facility that was unoccupied at the time.
Left to right: Commissioner Sue Hinman, Todd Davis, Commissioner David Smith, Commissioner Zelodis Jay, Edward Cash, Trent Brummitt, Sherwood Boyd, Commissioner Tim Karan, Jimmy Hayes, and Sheriff Brindell Wilkins.
POSTED NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
The Granville County Board of Adjustment will be having a special meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at McGregor Hall, 201 Breckenridge Street, Henderson, NC 27536.
The purpose of this special meeting is for training and is being sponsored by Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments. The agenda for the training meeting is:
Regional Planning Workshop
Date: June 28, 2017
Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Participants include: Planning Boards, Boards of Adjustment, and Planning Staff
Speaker: Adam Lovelady, JD, Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government from the UNC School of Government
Location: McGregor Hall – 201 Breckenridge Street Henderson.
Below is the proposed Agenda:
10:00 – 11:00: An overview of planning/zoning law in North Carolina
11:00 – 12:00: Planning Board Workshop/Training
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch courtesy of Skippers BBQ
1:00 – 2:00: Board of Adjustment Workshop/Training
NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS
Subject: Invitation to Bid
Location: Falls Meadow and Montgomery Place Subdivisions
Asphalt Patching and Resurfacing
Bid Opening: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.
Date of Availability: The Date Notice to Proceed is issued
Date of Completion: 60 days from the date Notice to Proceed is issued
Granville County is requesting bids for the above mentioned project. Interested bidders can download and print an official bid package from the County website: http://www.granvillecounty.org/government/finance-department/vendors-bids/
It will be the Contractor’s responsibility to continue to monitor the County’s website for any addendums or other updates concerning this project.
Sealed bids must be received in the Granville County Development Services Department office at 122 Williamsboro Street in Oxford, NC by 2:00 P.M. Tuesday July 18th, 2017.
Bidding shall comply with Granville County Outreach Plan for Minority Businesses Participation.
Consideration will be given only to Bids of Contractors who are able to submit evidence showing that they are properly licensed under “An Act to Regulate the Practice of General Contracting”, ratified by the General Assembly of North Carolina on March 10, 1925, and so subsequently amended.
Granville County reserves the right to waive any informality or to reject any or all bids. The Owner also reserves the right to increase or diminish the quantities or items given in the Proposal and to award Contracts which appear to be in the best interest of the County.
Each Contractor submitting a Proposal for this work, when requested, shall produce evidence of experience in constructing a project of similar size and nature. Contractors that are unable to produce this evidence may be rejected although they are low Bidders.
The art work will be on display on two billboards in Granville County August 21st through October 23rd, 2017. The billboards are located on Highway 56 in Butner and on Lewis Street in Oxford, NC.
The music jingle will be played on US98.3 as a PSA for Granville County.
Congratulations to each winner and Thank You for Recycling & Keeping Our Community Clean!!!
Raul Hernandez is the winner of our Music category! Listen to his song below:
Winners from the Art category:
Candidate filing will be held for Mayor and City/Town Commissioners/Town Council for City of Creedmoor, City of Oxford, Town of Butner, Town of Stem and Town of Stovall. Click here for Candidate Filing Fees.
The Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee will not conduct their regularly scheduled meeting for Tuesday, June 20, 2017. As the committee does not traditionally meet during the month of July, the Recreation Advisory Committee will resume meetings for FY 2017-2018 on August 15th at their regular time of 5 pm.
Due to popular demand, the Granville County Senior Center will be offering a continuation of the Dementia Awareness Series held earlier this year. The series began with the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia, ending in May with dementia related behaviors. On Tuesday, July 11, the Senior Center will be continuing the series with “Effective Communication Strategies”, a class focused on sending and receiving messages using attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join the Senior Center in Oxford on Tuesday, July 11 from 6-7 p.m. to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Contact the senior center at 919-693-1930 to register.
Also in July, the Granville County Senior Center will begin a “Chronic Disease Self-Management Program”. This six-week program covers several topics, such as techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, nutrition, and decision making. Each participant will receive a copy of Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition and an audio relaxation CD. The workshop will begin on Wednesday, July 12 and continue on each Wednesday through August 16 from 2-4:30 p.m. Contact the senior center at 919-693-1930 to register.
Friday, June 16, was a big day at the Granville County Animal Shelter! Fourteen new outdoor kennels were installed with the help of dedicated staff and volunteers. All the dogs are now able to spend the majority of the day outside (weather permitting). Spending time outside of the shelter is so important for the dogs under the care of Granville County Animal Management; it helps them adjust much better to the shelter environment, and they tend to do much better during their stay at the shelter. A dog that is well-adjusted to shelter life has a much higher rate of being adopted. The kennels were paid for with fundraiser money and generous donations from the community. A huge thank you to those that have donated to the shelter!
Interested in donating? Contact 919-693-6749 for more information.