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Granville County Installs Cigarette Litter Receptacles for Keep Granville County Beautiful Initiative

Granville County has completed installation of cigarette litter receptacles that were funded by a $5000 grant from the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP). The CLPP stipulates that a portion of the grant funds were to be spent on the receptacles and a portion of the funds were to be spent on messaging. The receptacles include messaging that encourages passersby to “Keep Granville County Beautiful” and thanks users for “being a part of the solution.” Each receptacle should hold approximately 700 cigarette ends.

               Receptacles were placed in problem areas and transition areas with a focus on government buildings, downtown areas, and parks. The receptacles can be found by the Bullock Post Office, the Stem Town Hall, Lake Rogers in Creedmoor, the Granville Athletic Park, Wilton Slopes, the Granville County Animal Shelter, the Granville County Courthouse, the Granville County Administrative Complex and Detention Center, and other areas in downtown Oxford. Over 2100 cigarette ends were counted and collected in the immediate area around the placement of the receptacles during an initial scan. The grant also provided pocket ash trays and cup holder ashtrays which were given out at the Granville County Administrative Building.

               Granville County Government is one of 37 organizations to receive grant funding for 2017, totaling $297,500, through the 2017 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, now in its 15th year, is the nation’s largest program aimed at reducing cigarette litter. Communities that implemented the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in 2016 realized an average 60 percent reduction in cigarette litter, an 8 percent increase over the 2015 results.

               Tobacco products, consisting mainly of cigarette butts, are the most littered item in America, representing nearly 38 percent of all items littered, according to “Litter in America,” Keep America Beautiful’s landmark study of litter and littering behavior. Research has shown that even self-reported “non-litterers” often don’t consider tossing cigarette butts on the ground to be “littering.”  Keep America Beautiful has found that cigarette butt litter occurs most often at transition points—areas where a person must stop smoking before proceeding into another area.  These include bus stops, entrances to stores and public buildings, and the sidewalk areas outside of bars and restaurants, among others

               Granville County Grants Coordinator, Charla Duncan, and Granville County Environmental Services Director, Jason Falls, would like to thank David Cottrell and the City of Oxford for their cooperation in this effort, as well as officials in Bullock, Creedmoor, and Stem. Also involved in the effort was the Granville County General Services Department, who fabricated and installed special posts for receptacles, as well as the Granville County Addressing Department who installed “no littering” signage at county parks to accompany the new receptacles.

Recreation Advisory Committee Grant Information Session

An information session will be held on July 18 at 3 pm regarding the Recreation Advisory Committee 2017-2018 grant cycle. The meeting will be held in the County Manager’s Office, 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford. Seating is limited, so if you’re interested in attending please RSVP to charla.duncan@granvillecounty.org.

 

 

Possible Quorum July 13th

PUBLIC NOTICE

A quorum of the Granville County Board of Commissioners may be present on Thursday, July 13, 2017 for an official kick-off of the Law Enforcement Center Project.  The kick-off will be held at 1:45 p.m. at the Granville County Senior Center located at 107 Lanier Street, Oxford, NC, in the large conference room.   For more information, please contact the County Manager’s Office at 919-693-5240.

Debra A. Weary, Clerk to the Board

Rescued dogs fly to new life

Lucky Lab Rescue, Inc. pulled 4 animals from Granville County Animal Shelter this week.  The dogs- Lil Bit, Sadie, Harley, and Yasmin- were loaded up on a personal airplane and transported to Virgina where they will begin their journey into forever homes.  Granville County Summer Civic Leadership Intern, AJ Mitchell, helped transport dogs from the Granville County Animal Shelter to the Oxford-Henderson Airport for their freedom ride.

Change of Date for the Regular Library Board of Trustees July meeting

The Granville County Library Board of Trustees changed the date of their regular July meeting from July 13th to July 20th. The location of the meeting will be in the Small Conference Room at Thornton Library in Oxford and meeting time will be 4:30pm.

Change of July Meeting Date – Granville County Board of Commissioners

Reminder – The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday, July 10, 2017 instead of Monday, July 3, 2017 as previously advertised due to the July 4th holiday.  Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Granville Expo & Convention Center located at 4185 Highway 15 South, Oxford. 

Granville County Commissioners Launch Volunteer Service Award

The Granville County Board of Commissioners announces the launch of its new Volunteer Service Award, administered by the Granville County Manager’s Office.  This award recognizes the hard work of community members who have been engaged in volunteer activities for a minimum of one year in Granville County and who have made a substantial, important, or unique impact through their volunteerism.

 

Nomination categories include: individual, family, and group/team. Types of volunteer work performed include: veteran/military families, mentor, beautification, disaster, animal welfare, county heritage, perseverance in volunteerism, and lifetime achievement.

 

Nominees cannot be self-nominated. The nomination process is ongoing. To see the nomination form and for more information on nomination, eligibility, and submission guidelines, click here.

 

For more information, please contact the Granville County Manager’s Office at 919-693-5240.

Granville County provides new option for proper disposal of worn U.S. flags

In partnership with the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation and the National Sheriffs Association, Granville County has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, at the Granville County Administration Building at 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford. Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box.

The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette — everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it. “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” says the code. 

Members of Boy Scouts will be responsible for the proper disposal of the worn flags. Flag disposal boxes are provided free of charge to NACo member counties thanks to generous national sponsorship from Nationwide Insurance & Lamar Advertising.

Flag disposal box at Granville County Admin Office.

The disposal box is located in the main hall of the Administration Building, next to the Tax Office.

Recreation Advisory Committee Announces 2017-2018 Grant Cycle

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 charla.duncan@granvillecounty.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.

 

To view the application, click here. 
For more information, contact Charla Duncan, Granville County Grants Coordinator, at 919-603-1366 or at  charla.duncan@granvillecounty.org .

 

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

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.

 

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