Items of Interest

Little Free Libraries Come to the GAP

As a part of the partnership between Granville County Government and the Granville County United Way, two new partners have highlighted a different type of recreation at the Granville Athletic Park (the GAP). Franklin Granville Vance (FGV) Smart Start partnered with Boy Scout Troop 637 (sponsored by the Oxford United Methodist Church) to build, install, and stock two little free libraries at the GAP. Steve Sievert is the troop leader. The work to cut, paint, and assemble the libraries was performed by Chay Strother as a part of his Eagle project.

One library is located near the butterfly garden at the Belltown Road entrance to the park, and the other library is located near the playground and picnic shelter area. A variety of books will be provided for visitors to read while attending the park or to take home with them.

FGV Smart Start is asking for donations of books to keep the Little Free Libraries stocked. Call FGV at 919-433-9110 to donate. You can also take a book to exchange when you visit the little free libraries.

The partnership between Granville County and the United Way is a three-year community focus to diversify recreation at the GAP and to make the park a more inclusive space for all. The GAP is located at 4615 Belltown Road, Oxford.


Granville County District Tours Commence

County Commissioners have begun tours of their districts with interested board members, staff, and community stakeholders. During the month of September, Commissioners of District 6 (Tim Karan), District 1 (Zelodis Jay), District 2 (David Smith), and District 7 (Edgar Smoak) have taken a tour bus through every nook and cranny of their sections of Granville County. Tour groups have seen visitor attractions, county and municipal infrastructure, historic sites, residential developments, major industries, and much more. Below are a few shots from each district. Visit us on Facebook @GranvilleCountyGov for more photos.


Granville County Shelter Dogs Head Out West

Weather conditions across the state led to some unexpected assistance in Granville County this week as a Kansas animal rescue group provided relief to the animal shelter.


In an effort to assist those impacted by Hurricane Florence, Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption of Mission, Kansas – with assistance from Polk County SPCA of Livingston, Texas and Paws4Life of Shreveport, Louisiana – reached out to North Carolina animal shelters who were at or near capacity, arriving with transport units to take animals back to safer areas.  According to Granville County Animal Control Director Matt Katz, there was room for several more animals on the return trip. This was a welcome relief locally, as kennels were already pressed for space before the storm even made landfall on our coast.


Over the weekend, several more pets had been surrendered to the Granville County shelter and no more kennel space was available, Katz explains. When volunteer Roxanne Blackburn was contacted by Sherry Davis with the Polk County SPCA about pulling animals on their way out of North Carolina, the offer couldn’t have come at a better time.


Granville County’s Animal Shelter’s save rate is 80 to 90 percent, Katz noted, but the “tough decisions” sometimes have to be made. Not this time, however, as 26 animals were rescued.


Unleashed Pet Rescue is a licensed, nonprofit animal shelter that works to save the lives of rescued pets, pulling them to safety. The organization works to find homes for pets of all ages, health, temperaments and history, giving each animal an opportunity for a better life. During Hurricane Harvey, Unleashed Pet Rescue was an integral part of the animal rescue efforts along the Gulf Coast, as well as offering assistance during other emergencies across the nation. 


Katz says that this will be the first time all year that the shelter has had this many open kennels.


“These folks also pulled dogs from Franklin and Vance Counties on their way out of the state,” Katz said. “This may lead to another avenue for placement of our dogs.”


Katz credits Roxanne Blackburn for taking the initiative and “jumping on this opportunity,” and asks anyone interested in the welfare of local animals to thank these groups for their assistance.


“We are grateful to Roxanne for all her help in this, and ask everyone to please take a moment to thank these groups on their Facebook pages. This opens up so many opportunities for us, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”



Granville County Offices to Close Due to Weather

Due to impending weather conditions, Granville County offices will close at 12:30 pm on Thursday, September 13th, and all day on Friday, September 14th. Our goal is to keep all of our employees safe during this time while we also make preparations to prioritize the safety of our greater community. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience. 

Broadband RFP Extended to October 18th

The Kerr-Tar COG and the Granville, Franklin, and Vance Counties have decided to extend the response deadline for the Franklin, Granville and Vance County Broadband Enhancement RFPs to October 18, 2018 at 5 PM. 

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Animal Control Advisory Committee

Will meet Thursday, October 11th at 7:00 at the Granville County Expo Center (4185 Highway 15 South, Oxford) instead of Thursday, September 13th.


Granville County Library Board of Trustees

Will meet Thursday, September 20th at 4:30 p.m. at the Richard H. Thornton Library (210 Main Street, Oxford) instead of Thursday, September 13th.


Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

Will meet Friday, September 28th at 10 a.m. at J.F. Webb High School (3200 Webb School Road, Oxford) instead of Friday, September 14th.


Granville County Veterans Affairs Committee

Will meet Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 at the Granville County Expo Center (4185 Highway 15 South, Oxford) instead of Tuesday, September 18th.








Public Notice

A quorum of the Granville County Board of Commissioners may be present on September 6, 11, 18 and 19, 2018 for bus tours of the Granville County Commissioner districts.  Bus tours will begin at 9:00 a.m. or shortly after and leave from the Granville County Administration parking lot located at 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford, NC.  For more information, please contact the County Manager’s Office at 919-693-5240.

                                                            Debra A. Weary

                                                            Clerk to the Board


Granville County, North Carolina — Notice of Public Hearing Financing for Law Enforcement Center – Animal Shelter Project and Loan Refinancings

The Board of Commissioners of Granville County, North Carolina, will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard). The purpose of the hearing is to take public comment concerning a proposed financing contract, under which the County would borrow money as follows:


  • Up to approximately $29,000,000 to pay for the acquisition and construction of a new law enforcement facility and animal shelter,
  • An amount sufficient to refinance up to approximately $15,000,000 of existing County obligations to save money on debt service costs, and
  • Amounts appropriate to pay financing costs.


The hearing will be held in the Commissioners’ usual meeting room, the Auditorium of the Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford, North Carolina.


The proposed financing would be secured by a lien on the new law enforcement and animal shelter facilities (and the associated land), as well as the County’s promise to repay the financing, but there would be no recourse against the County or its property (other than the pledged facilities and land) if there were a default on the financing. The County may also make a similar pledge of facilities that already secure the obligations that are to be refinanced, which may include Granville Central High School and other County facilities.


All interested persons will be heard. The County’s plans are subject to change based on the comments received at the public hearing and the Board’s subsequent discussion and consideration. The County’s entering into the financing is subject to obtaining approval from the North Carolina Local Government Commission.


Persons wishing to make written comments in advance of the hearing or wishing more information concerning the subject of the hearing may contact Steve McNally, Granville County Finance Officer, 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford, NC 27565 (telephone 919/693-4182, email

Jack Day Community Park Re-Opens in Stem

The Town of Stem hosted a grand re-opening of their Jack Day Community Park this past Saturday, August 11th. The park, formerly named the Jack Day Kiddie Park, reopened with expansions and improvements under the new name of the Jack Day Community Park. Granville County has funded the Town of Stem through two recreation grant cycles for park improvements. In attendance at the event were County Commissioners Zelodis Jay, David Smith, Sue Hinman, and Timothy Karan, as well County Manager Michael Felts. Representative Larry Yarborough was in attendance as well. Congratulations to the Town of Stem for advancing recreation opportunities in Granville County!


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