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Board of Elections schedules meeting for June 4

A Board meeting to discuss and approve changes in polling locations will be held on Tuesday June 4, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Granville County Board of Elections located at 208 Wall Street, Oxford, NC.  These moves are necessary due to requests from some polling places, and an effort to make voting more efficient for voters and poll workers. 

 

Election Day Precincts:

Proposal: The following precincts would remain at the same facility but the room where you vote would change.

 

Creedmoor Precinct  located at Creedmoor Elementary School, 305 East Wilton Avenue, Creedmoor

Proposal: Open partition in the music room and use the large open area in the music room.

 

 

Mt. Energy Precinct located at Mt. Energy Elementary School, 2652 NC Hwy 56 East, Creedmoor Proposal: Move from the gym to the Media Center.

 

West Oxford Elementary Precinct located at 412 Ivey Day Road, Oxford, NC

Proposal: Move from the library to the gym. 

 

One-Stop Site:

Proposal: The following One-Stop site would remain at the same facility but the room where you vote would change.

Wilton One-Stop Site located at Tar River Elementary School, 2642 Philo White Rd, Franklinton, NC

Proposal: Move from multipurpose room to the gym.  The gym is across the hall from the multipurpose room where voting currently is held (building to the left of the school.)

 

Election Day Precincts:

Proposal: The following precincts would move to another location and address.

 

Oak Hill Precinct

Proposal: Move from Toler-Oak Hill School located at Toler-Oak Hill School, 8176 Hwy 96 North, Oxford, NC  to Camp Oak Hill & Retreat Center located at 1528 Oak Hill Road, Oxford, NC

–          Voting will be in the last room on the right down the sidewalk.  There will be a separate entrance for voters to enter and exit. 

 

Salem Precinct

Proposal: Move from the Oxford/Henderson Airport located at the Oxford/Henderson Airport, 6514 Airport Road, Oxford, NC to Oxford Preparatory School located at 6041 Landis Road, Oxford, NC

–     Voting will be in the gym.  This will allow more space for voters and will have a separate entrance for voters to enter and exit.

 

Sassafras Fork Precinct

Proposal: Move from Sassafras Fork Elementary School located at Stovall-Shaw School, 7696 US Hwy 15 North to the Stovall Library located at 300 Main Street, Stovall, NC

–           Voting will be in the conference room.  This will allow more space for voters.

 

Tally Ho precinct

Proposal: Move from Stem Fire Station located at the Stem Fire Station, 100 Franklin Street, Stem, NC to Granville Central High School located at 2043 Sanders Road, Stem, NC

 

 – Voting will be in the band room. This will allow more space and parking for voters.

 

For more information about this meeting, please contact Tonya Burnette, Granville County Director of Elections, at 919-693-2515.

 

 

Notice of Public Hearing

The Granville County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, June 3, 2019 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 ADD SENIOR CITIZENS’ CENTER (NAICS 624120) TO THE LIST OF INSTITUTIONAL LAND USES IN THE CODE.

           

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.

 

 

Granville Athletic Park reaches 15-year milestone

On May 21, 2004, Granville Athletic Park (GAP) was dedicated to the citizens of Granville County after a hard-fought battle to keep out a hazardous waste incinerator. Fifteen years later, the GAP is now the area’s largest recreational area and environmental preserve, serving as a “third home” for thousands of residents and visitors. What happened to change the intended use of this site is the result of many concerned people – from near and far – coming together to make a difference in their community.

 

In 1989, North Carolina joined a five-state compact that would commit the state to site and build five hazardous waste incinerators for a private company called ThermalKEM. In May of the following year, the list of 18 potential locations had been narrowed to two sites – one on the Rowan/Iredell County border and one near Oxford in Granville County. Land for the incinerator site totaled 580 acres off Belltown Road, which was combined from nine different land owners.

 

When Granville County residents learned of the plan to locate the toxic waste incinerator in their area, they took action. In addition to multiple local protests, Oxford attorney John Pike secured a loan from Adams Tobacco Company to purchase the 48-acre Ellok Jones farm, one of the tracts of land in the middle of the 580-acre proposed incinerator site. Pike then sold $5.00 ownership shares of the newly-acquired farmland to approximately 8,000 people, most from Granville County but some from as far away as the Soviet Union and South America. The intent was to make it so difficult to negotiate with the large number of shareholders that the state would eventually abandon the project. The idea worked. Facing multiple lawsuits and the publicity that resulted, the state was deterred from their original plan.

 

In March of 1999, a partnership was forged between Jonesland Environmental Park, Inc. and Granville County. According to the deed between the two partners, 48.28 acres of the land was to be used for recreation and environmental park purposes;  the forestland was to be preserved in a natural state (no clear cutting); the grounds were to be maintained by organic methods defined by the National Organic Standards Board; and the Jones family’s cemetery plot was to be maintained.

 

On May 21, 2004, the Granville Athletic Park and Jonesland Environmental Preserve was dedicated, with many supportive residents in attendance. The Granville County land that had once been envisioned as a site for the burning of toxic waste is now Granville County’s largest recreational area, covering more than 60 acres as it grows to meet the needs of its residents. Due to continued efforts by county staff, local organizations and volunteers, today’s park includes walking trails, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer fields, picnic areas, open play spaces, playground equipment, pickleball courts, a disc golf course, basketball goals, an educational Kids TRACK trail, an outdoor classroom space, a splash pad, a butterfly garden and many more amenities.

 

Phase III of the GAP’s expansion is to begin soon, which will include tennis courts, fitness stations, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, an all-inclusive play area, a sound garden and other additions.

 

Granville County Government has been observing the 15th anniversary of Granville Athletic Park with an online “Fifteen Day Countdown” and will soon be introducing “Fifteen for 15,” which details 15 sponsorship/giving opportunities to kick off this milestone celebration. More details will be coming soon. For more information about Granville Athletic Park, contact Management Analyst Charla Duncan at charla.duncan@granvillecountygovernment.org. To reserve specific time periods for field play, picnic shelters, etc., contact Raymond Allen, Granville County’s Parks and Grounds Director, at 919-693-3716.

 

Pictured below: (Top left) A protestor stands her ground at the Belltown Road site that was once considered for a hazardous waste incinerator; (top right) Comm. Tony Cozart, Carolina Sunrock owner Brian Pfohl, Comm. Hubert Gooch, Oxford Attorney John Pike, Commissioners Dave Currin and W.E. “Pete” Averette are shown at the GAP’s dedication 15 years ago; (bottom row) Dedicated to the citizens of Granville County, the GAP is now the area’s largest recreational park and environmental preserve.

 

     

Notice of Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget for FY 2019-2020

All interested persons, please take notice that the Granville County Tourism Development Authority will meet on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. to conduct regular business and hold a public hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 at the Tobacco Wood Brewing Company located on 117 Wall Street in Oxford.

 

Angela Allen

Tourism Development Director

 

County Commissioners, leaders participate in County Assembly Day

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) hosted County Assembly Day in Raleigh on May 8, with Granville County Commissioners Zelodis Jay (Chairman), Tim Karan and Sue Hinman, as well as County Manager Michael Felts and Emergency Services Director Doug Logan, in attendance. This annual meeting offers opportunities for county commissioners and attending county officials to hear from state leaders and discuss issues that impact their communities.

 

This year’s event focused on two top legislative priorities for counties – expanding broadband access and investing in public school facilities. Following the morning program, commissioners visited legislative offices to advocate on behalf of their counties. The Granville County delegation had meetings with Representative Larry Yarborough and Terry Garrison, as well as with Senator Mike Woodard.

 

“Our state representatives understand the issues we face on a county level,” explained County Commissioner Tim Karan, District 6. “Through the partnerships we have developed between the NCACC and our legislators, we are able to work together to address our broadband needs, as well as the needs of Granville County Public Schools. The work that the General Assembly is doing now can help remove the barriers we face here at home, so that we can move forward and make the improvements we need to make.”

 

Anthony Copeland, Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, delivered keynote remarks at the assembly, discussing the importance of broadband access and its relation to economic development.

 

“Broadband is something we need to address,” Copeland said. “Everything we do is technologically integrated and communities have to be prepared. It may be expensive, but we have to have it to compete. We have got to deliver it.”

 

Other speakers included Senator Brent Jackson and Representative David Lewis of the North Carolina General Assembly, who commended the NCACC for its constructive engagement with the General Assembly and stakeholders to identify solutions that will close gaps in internet access throughout the state. Rep. Lewis also referred to NCACC’s longstanding goal to address school facility needs.  “Like broadband, one area of universal agreement that the General Assembly holds is that we have to do whatever we can to make our schools safer,” Lewis said.

 

Granville County Board of Commissioners Chairman Zelodis Jay, District 1, agrees.  “Broadband impacts all 100 counties in the state,” Chairman Jay said, “and our schools also have many needs that are not being met. As county commissioners, it is our job to advocate for our residents and our communities. We are working with our legislators to find solutions to improve broadband issues in our rural areas and to make sure our schools get what they need to teach our children and keep them safe.  It is our hope that the state will, in turn, give us some relief to help meet these needs.”

 

The 2019 County Assembly Day was held at several locations in Raleigh which included the NC Museum of History, the State Capitol Grounds and the NC Legislative Complex. Almost 200 county representatives were in attendance to share information and to advocate for their respective counties. To learn more about the NCACC and County Assembly Day, visit www.ncacc.org/168/County-Assembly-Day.

 

      

Granville County’s proposed budget presented for FY 2019/2020

In a workshop held at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center on May 14, County Commissioners reviewed the proposed budget for 2019/2020. The proposal under consideration does not raise property taxes, keeping the rate at 84 cents per $100 of accessed value. 

 

Other highlights of the budget, which are included in the budget overview provided, include a 37 percent allocation to Education; 22 percent to Human Services; 19 percent to Public Safety; 10 percent to Community Services; 6 percent to General Government; and 6 percent in the “Other” category.

 

The budget preparation season officially began at the Board’s Planning Retreat this past February. During these planning sessions, Board Members discussed current programs and provided staff guidance. The County Manager then informed department managers of program ideas that the Board expressed interest in when making recommendations for the proposed 2019/2020 budget. Individual departmental meetings were held form late March to early April to review budget requests and to finalize expenditures. Revenues were the last item to be addressed, because much of the property tax information and the year-to-date historical data was not available until late April. The revenue and expenditures were finalized at the end of April, after another full review of revenues, expenditures and projected fund balance, with the recommended budget being presented to Commissioners at the May 6 meeting of the Board.

 

Goals listed in the proposal, which were communicated during individual budget work sessions, monthly meetings and in the annual planning retreat include, among others: 1. a conservative estimate of revenues and expenditures to avoid expectations of performance that are not realistic; 2. the creation of an atmosphere where efforts to “spend down” during the fiscal year are discouraged; 3. the presentation of a budget that maintains the current level of programs and services provided by County departments to the public, without a reduction unless those reductions are caused by State or Federal reductions; 4. the presentation of a budget that does not supplant funding cuts by the State or Federal governments, but instead reduces those programs and informs the public of the associated impacts; and 5. the presentation of a budget that re-evaluates all expenditures in order to offset projected losses in revenues so that, in light of the current economic conditions, a tax increase is not needed for general government operations but allows for policy review and potential service reductions or exansions based on other policy directives.

 

The estimated tax base of $4,946,048,430 for fiscal year 2019/2020 is projected to provide revenues of $41,102,256 at the recommended tax rate of 84 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation, assuming a 98.93 percent collection rate.  The recommended budget also appropriates $2,313,755 from fund balance in order to maintain current levels of county-provided programs and services, without an increase in the tax rate.

 

Residents and those interested in the budget can request to see it at the County Manager’s Office on Williamsboro Street in Oxford or at any of the four library branches in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea.

 

A public hearing to receive comments on the proposed budget will be held on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. (or shortly thereafter) in the Auditorium, Granville Expo and Convention Center. All interested are encouraged to attend. 

 

To view a copy of the proposed budget, click here: http://www.granvillecounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/FY-2020-Granville-County-Proposed-Budget.pdf.

For details about service expansions and requests, please visit either the County Manager’s office on Williamsboro Street or any one of the four branches of the Granville County Library System in Oxford, Creedmoor, Stovall and Berea.

 

 

Public Hearing on Proposed Budget for FY 2019-2020

The proposed 2019-2020 budget for Granville County has been submitted to the Granville County Board of Commissioners in accordance with the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act. A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection in the Office of the Clerk to the Board and at the Richard H. Thornton Library and other library branches.  The Board of Commissioners will conduct a Public Hearing to receive comments on the proposed budget on Monday, May 20, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter in the Auditorium, Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 US Highway 15 South in Oxford.

 

Debra A. Weary, Clerk

Granville District Soil and Water Meeting

The Granville District Soil and Water will meet on Monday, May 13th at 7:00 P.M. The meeting will be held at 518 Lewis Street in the Farm Service Agency. The board will discuss the proposed 2019-2020 operating budget for the office and approve the 2019-2020 NC Agriculture Cost Share Strategy Plan.

BUDGET WORK SESSION 2019

Granville County will hold a budget work session on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. at the Granville Expo Center located at 4185 Highway 15 South, Oxford.

Church group recognized with volunteer service award

During an annual visit to Central Regional Hospital, the Hinshaw United Methodist Women of Greensboro were honored with a Resolution and Proclamation honoring 65 years of volunteerism to our area. The award was presented by the Granville County Board of Commissioners, with Chairman Zelodis Jay presenting the award.

 

Known as the “Hinshaw Ladies” and “Church Ladies,” the group began providing Christmas parties for patients of John Umstead Hospital in the early 1950s.  Eventually they transitioned to delivering Easter baskets for adult patients, along with homemade treats and punch. For the past 15 years, the group has also provided an annual Bingo party as they greet their guests of honor, play Bingo, help select prizes and share snacks as each patient leaves with a smile and a bag overflowing with prizes. In addition to the eagerly-awaited parties, the “Hinshaw Ladies” provide generous support to Operation Santa Claus, a project providing a gift box for those hospitalized Christmas morning.

 

The group continued their volunteer service as John Umstead merged with Dorothea Dix Hospital to become Central Regional Hospital (CRH) in 2008. In 2018, the “third generation of “The Church Ladies” began work to continue the legacy of volunteering.

 

CRH is a state-operated in-patient psychiatric facility serving 25 centrally located North Carolina counties and almost 400 patients. Over the past 65 years, the Hinshaw United Methodist Women have shown caring and compassion to thousands in treatment for mental illness in this Granville County facility.

 

On May 6, this group was additionally honored with the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. They are pictured here with Chairman Jay and their pastor. 

 

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