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Granville County to expand internet access to rural areas

Granville County has joined neighboring Vance and Franklin Counties, through an initiative of the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments, to improve internet connectivity and availability issues throughout the county.  This past June, the Granville County Board of Commissioners approved a seven-year contract with Open Broadband LLC to expand services of fixed-wireless broadband internet service into unserved and underserved areas of the county.

 

“Applying for jobs, access to medical records, access to student coursework and online banking all require good internet infrastructure,” said Open Broadband CEO Alan Fitzpatrick. “Affordable internet options also help address the ‘digital divide.’ We believe everyone should have access to home broadband internet service.”

 

In August of 2018, the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (COG) led a joint broadband enhancement Request for Proposal (RFP) for the tri-county region, with each county to implement its own contract and strategy. In Granville County, the installment process will begin in the northwest portion, which is currently the most unserved area. The county is currently in the planning and research phase of how the wireless routers will be placed. As the service expands, more areas will be selected to be included as deployment continues.

 

“During the RFP process, we identified sectors of the county where broadband is in most demand,” explains County Manager Mike Felts. “Over the course of this project, we will be addressing the entire county, but want to make sure we’re starting in areas that are currently unserved, so that everyone will have access to high-speed internet.”

 

Open Broadband is now accepting waitlist signups for enhanced services that range from 25 to 50 Mbps speeds. In certain areas, 100 to 1,000 Mbps speeds can be offered. Those on the waitlist will receive regular updates on the progress of the network build and will be contacted once service is made available in their area.

 

Granville County residents interested in being included on the waitlist should visit the Open Broadband website at https://openbb.net/granvilleco/ or call 919-205-5400, if internet access is not available. Those interested in this initiative are also encouraged to attend a series of community information meetings, which are now being scheduled.  The first meeting will be held on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., with a location to be determined. More information about these meetings will be announced when available and can be found at http://www.granvillecounty.org/government/county-commissioners/broadband-initiative/.

 

Open Broadband, LLC is currently working with 18 other counties within North Carolina to provide hybrid fiber and fixed wireless solutions for broadband services, along with providing gigabit fiber or fixed wireless internet to residential and business customers. Engineers of the North Carolina-based company will also identify existing assets to install their equipment (for example, water towers, communication towers, church steeples, silos, etc.).

 

Open Broadband’s customer support service is based in Wilson, NC.

 

“We are pleased to be awarded the contract with Granville County to bring service to those in need,” said Fitzpatrick.

 

For more details about this project, please contact Charla Duncan, Management Analyst, at 919-693-5240 or charla.duncan@granvillecounty.org.

 

Notice of Public Hearing

All interested persons please take notice that a public hearing will be held by the Granville County Board of Commissioners pursuant to N.C.G.S. 158-7.1 on August 5th at 7:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter in the auditorium of the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, located at 4185 US Hwy 15 South, Oxford, North Carolina.

 

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear the views of the public on aiding and encouraging the location or expansion of industrial facilities in Granville County, specifically as follows: the expansion of an existing industry.  The company will invest approximately $8,745,000 and employ potentially 72 new employees.  The maximum cost of the County-funded improvements will be up to $25,000 in accordance with the County’s funding policy.  This project will be funded with general County operating funds.  The cost to the County of the County-funded capital improvements will be offset by new tax revenues generated by the company’s capital investment in the project over a period not to exceed five years.

 

The public benefits to be derived from the making of these improvements include the development of industrial properties which will increase the County’s tax base to better provide for County services, and to increase employment opportunities within the County.

 

All interested citizens are invited and urged to attend.

Notice of Public Hearing

Granville County is considering applying to the North Carolina Department of Commerce for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Economic Development.

 

The CDBG program permits a wide range of development activities to occur which are directed towards promoting the creation or retention of jobs, enhancing income levels and providing local employment opportunities principally for persons of low and moderate income through 1) economic development and 2) public infrastructure. Applications for CDBG assistance must show that at least 60 percent of the CDBG funds proposed for each activity will benefit low and moderate income persons.

 

Granville County will conduct a public hearing on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. or shortly thereafter, in the auditorium of the Granville County Expo and Convention Center located at 4185 US Highway 15 South in Oxford. The purpose of the public hearing is to obtain citizen input into the identification of economic needs and desired economic development activities. The input from the public hearing will be incorporated into the County’s consideration and submission of a CDBG application to the Department of Commerce. Written comments received prior to the opening of the public hearing will be considered and may be sent to Michael Felts, County Manager, 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford, NC 27565.

 

This information is available in Spanish or any other language upon request.  Please contact Debra Weary at 919-603-1307 for accommodations for this request.  

 

Esta información está disponible está disponible en español o en cualquier otro idioma bajo petición. Póngase en contacto con Debra Weary at 919-603-1307 de alojamiento para esta solicitud.

Committee selects Juvenile Crime Prevention programs

The Granville County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) has selected five programs for its fiscal year 2019/2020 programming. Programs are funded from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 and serve juveniles of a broad range of ages and risk levels. All programs selected for funding have a history of working with the Granville County JCPC.

 

Granville County Cooperative Extension was selected for its “4-H BEST” program, which includes the Community Service restitution program as well as the Teen Court and Family Connections programs.

 

Granville County-based nonprofit Shepherd Youth Ranch was selected for “Trails to Success,” an interpersonal skills building program that utilizes Equine Assisted Learning. The nonprofit was also selected for “Reins of Change,” an anger management and interpersonal skills building program that operates in select Granville County schools.

 

Also selected was Youth Villages, a Durham-based organization, for its family counseling and wraparound program “Community Connections.” This program guides efforts to build constructive relationships and support networks for youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

 

The Boys and Girls Club was selected for “Positive Action,” an interpersonal skills building program designed to create productive, caring and responsible citizens.

 

The N.C. Department of Public Safety partners with JCPCs in each county. The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice allocates approximately $22 million to these councils annually. State funding provided to Granville County’s JCPC totals $141,524 for the 2019/2020 fiscal year. Granville County matches state funds at a rate of 20 percent, which adds an additional $30,962 to the JCPC’s annual budget.

 

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, the JCPC’s responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing the needs of juveniles in the county who are at risk of delinquency or who have been adjudicated undisciplined or delinquent and reviewing the resources available to address those needs;
  • Determining the services needed to address those problems areas and develop a request for proposal for services in need;
  • Submitting a written funding plan to the county commissioners for approval;
  • Evaluating program performance;
  • Increasing public awareness of the causes of delinquency and strategies to reduce the problem;
  • Developing strategies to intervene, respond to and treat the needs of juveniles at risk of delinquency; and
  • Providing funds for treatment, counseling, or rehabilitation services.  

 

Local JCPC board members are appointed by the Granville County Board of Commissioners. Meetings are held monthly on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m., unless otherwise noted. The first JCPC meeting of 2019/2020 will be held on Sept. 13 at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, 4185 U.S. Highway 15 South in Oxford. All JCPC meetings for the year will be held at this location and are open to the public. All business discussed during these meetings is considered public information.

 

To learn more about the Granville County JCPC and how to refer youth to the 2019/2020 programs, contact Granville County JCPC Coordinator Charla Duncan at charla.duncan@granvillecounty.org. Individual programs may also be contacted directly about referrals.

Mobile printing now available at local libraries

Welcome to the Granville County Library System’s mobile print service! With this new addition to a long list of services already available, library patrons can use their personal computer or mobile device to print to the library’s printers from anywhere! Documents can be submitted for printing, then be picked up at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford or the South Branch Library in Creedmoor by presenting a valid library card.

 

How to use from home or work:

  • Visit the Granville County Library System’s website at https://granville.lib.nc.us;
  • Select Thornton Mobile Printing or South Branch Mobile Printing;
  • Select the printer and enter your email address;
  • Browse your computer to find and select the file you wish to print;
  • Click the forward button to prompt the status of your print job and a reference number;
  • At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job”;
  • Enter the mail address you provided and select your print job.

 

How to print from tablet or smartphone app:

  • Visit your device’s “store” for apps;
  • Install and launch the PrinterOn app;
  • Click “No printer selected”;
  • Click “Search”;
  • Search for GCLS Thornton Library or GCLS South Branch Libray.

It’s that easy!

 

For more details, call the Thornton Library at 919-693-1121 or the South Branch at 919-528-1752, or visit https://granville.lib.nc.us/.

 

Granville County awards recreational grants

At their July 1 meeting, the Granville County Board of Commissioners approved the Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee’s recommendation for its FY 2019/2020 recreation grant program. The Board awarded a total of $111,817 in mini-grants to organizations throughout the county to support recreation projects.

 

The committee received thirteen applications for the 2019/2020 Recreation Grant, with requests totaling $261,605. The number of applications and total dollar requests are the highest ever submitted to the recreation mini-grant program.

 

After hearing committee recommendations, Commissioners unanimously agreed to recommend project funding to the City of Creedmoor, the City of Oxford, Granville County Senior Services, the Town of Stovall, the Granville County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Butner, the Town of Stem, the Grassy Creek Community Center, Hopping Frogs Forest School and the Toler Reach Out Club.

 

For more information about grants available through the Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee, contact Charla Duncan at (919) 693-5240.

 

 

 

“Nifty Nineties” dinner to be hosted by Senior Services

Granville County Senior Services will host the annual “Nifty 90’s” dinner on Tuesday, July 23 at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center, 4185 US Hwy. 15 South. This event will honor residents 90 years of age and older in Granville County. There will be a catered meal and entertainment.

 

Residents who are 90+ years old will be admitted free and may bring one guest for a small fee. Those who would like to attend or would like more information should contact the Senior Center in Oxford at (919) 693-1930.

 

Reservations will be taken until July 17.

Thornton Library to welcome author Wiley Cash

The Richard H. Thornton Library will host a book discussion and book signing by award-winning author Wiley Cash at 6 p.m. on July 17. Cash is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has penned several works, including ‘A Land More Kind Than Home’ and ‘This Dark Road to Mercy.’ His newest book ‘The Last Ballad,’ is set in 1929 in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina. Considered to be a “moving tale of courage in the face of oppression,” Cash’s newest work tells the story of a single mother’s struggle for her rights in a textile mill, which is inspired by actual events.

 

The Minnesota Star-Tribune calls this latest work “powerful and poignant… Cash’s third and best novel,” while the Library Journal calls Cash “a promising young voice in southern fiction.”

 

Cash serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA (Master of Fine Arts) program. He is co-founder of the Land-More-Kind Artists Residency and is founder of the Open Canon Book Club. A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Asheville and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the author resides in North Carolina with his wife and two young daughters.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

The Richard H. Thornton Library is located at 210 Main Street in Oxford and is one of four branches of the Granville County Library System. Other branches are located in Creedmoor (South Branch), Stovall and Berea.

 

For more details about this event and other scheduled library programs, call 919-693-1121 or visit https://granville.lib.nc.us/.

 

Electronics recycling available at two local convenience sites

Residents with old televisions, outdated computers and/or obsolete electronics can take these items to either the Oxford Convenience Site, located at 6584 Landfill Road in Oxford or the Butner Convenience Site, located at 2796 Old Route 75 in Butner.

 

In a meeting held earlier this year, Granville County Commissioners approved consolidating electronic waste (e-waste) recycling to the Oxford and Butner landfills. Items are now being collected by a private business, contracted with the county, to recycle all components of the electronics collected at the two convenience sites.

 

For any questions or concerns, please contact Jason Falls, Granville County’s Environmental Services Director, at 919-691-0928.

 

 

 

 

Black bear sightings reported across county

Over the past two months, residents of the area have reported sightings of black bears. Reports have come in from the vicinities of Will Suitt Road, Westbury Drive, Tall Pine Drive, Salem Farm Road, Military Street, Summitt Avenue, Northridge Drive and Shock Overton Road. Granville County Animal Management offers a reminder that while black bears are an important part of our natural surroundings, the increasing human population is causing a rise in interactions between these animals and local residents.

 

If left alone, and if there is no food readily available, these wandering bears will eventually leave. If frequently fed, however, bears may become dependent on human food, which may lead to increased interaction with people. Frequent human-bear contact can result in greater visibility in highly-populated areas and neighborhoods as bears become less fearful of people.

 

“Black bears are usually shy and non-aggressive,” explains Matt Katz, Director of Granville County Animal Management. “With Granville County being an agriculturally-rich area, bears often come out of the woods to feed on crops, then may come closer to homes and neighborhoods. The key is to not leave food out that is easily accessible.”

 

While there have not been any unprovoked bear attacks reported in North Carolina, information from the N.C. Wildlife Commission suggests that by following several basic tips, residents can learn to live responsibly with black bears. These tips include:

 

1.       Never feed or approach bears. Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food. Bears will defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs;

 

2.       Secure food, garbage and recycling. Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily-available food or garbage;

 

3.       Remove bird feeders when bears are active. Birdseed and other grains have a high calorie content, making them very attractive to bears. The best way to avoid conflicts with bears is to remove feeders;

 

4.       Never leave out pet food. Feed outdoor pets portion sizes that will be completely eaten during each meal and remove any leftover food and food bowl. Securely store these foods so that nothing is available to bears;

 

5.       Clean and store grills. After you use an outdoor grill, clean it thoroughly and make sure that all grease and fat is removed. Store cleaned grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out; and

 

6.       Let neighbors know. Share news with your friends and neighbors about recent bear activity and how to avoid bear conflicts. Bears have adapted to living near people – all residents need to ensure that they are willing to adapt to living near bears.

 

If any resident finds themselves in close proximity to a black bear, it is suggested to remain calm. Bears are usually wary of people unless they are provoked. Never feed, approach, surround or corner the bear, but back away slowly. Once at a safe distance, make lots of noise – such as clapping hands or blowing a car horn – to frighten the bear away.

 

It is important to note that the Wildlife Commission does not typically trap or re-locate bears, and neither does Granville County Animal Control. According to information shared, there are simply no remote places to move bears where they would not eventually come into contact with people. The long-term solution, it is explained, is for residents in areas of black bear sightings to modify their behaviors to prevent potential problems.

 

“During the summer months, young males are often forced away by those that are larger and more dominant,” Katz adds. “Most of the ones seen in our area have been juvenile bears, looking for a place to go and for something to eat. We need to remember to leave them alone, and – by all means – don’t have food easily available for them, or they’ll be back.”

 

To learn more about black bears, please visit ncwildlife.org/bear.

 

https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Species/Mammals/Black-Bear

 

 

 

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