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Spring/Summer newsletter now available

The Spring/Summer newsletter published by the Granville County Soil and Water District is now available online. The eight-page edition includes information including how to use the NRCS Web Soil Survey, an update on North Carolina Agriculture Cost-Share Funds, and details on how to manage local fishponds as well as an introduction to the local Soil and Water Board members.

 

Did you know that there are 96 Soil and Water Districts in North Carolina, and that these districts are organized under state law to carry out the state’s Soil and Water Conservation Programs? Local Board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. Contact the Granville Soil and Water District at 919-693-4603 for more information on how to get involved.

 

The Granville Steward Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

Municipal filing period begins July 5

The Granville County Board of Elections announces that the municipal filing period is set to begin at noon on Friday, July 5 and will end on Friday, July 19, also at noon. The Board of Elections office will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will not close for lunch during the filing period. 

 

Local offices up for re-election are as follows:

 

City of Oxford:

Mayor

City Commissioner (three seats)

Filing fee is $10.00

 

City of Creedmoor

Mayor

City Commissioners (three seats)

Filing fee is $10.00

 

Town of Stem

Mayor

Town Commissioners (three seats, one of which is an unexpired term)

Filing fee is $5.00

 

Town of Stovall

Mayor (Seat is not up until 2021)

Town Commissioners (three seats)

Filing fee is $5.00

 

Town of Butner

Mayor

Town Council Members (three seats)

Filing fee is $10.00

 

Candidates are asked to bring a check to pay for the appropriate filing fee. 

 

The Board of Elections office is located at 208 Wall Street in Oxford. For questions about filing, please contact the Board of Elections office at 919-693-2515.

 

 

Granville County Intern Program Begins

The Granville County Board of Commissioners’ Summer Civic Leadership Program for rising Granville County seniors began on June 13th. The program is in its twentieth year. Interns will work for 5 weeks, rotating through Granville County departments and learning about how their local county government operates. The program has a competitive application and interview process. Fifteen applicants were interviewed this year. Interns are Brooklyn Pridgeon, Sarah Elliott, Anthony Goreman, Tanaura Harrison, and Akoya Penny-Campbell.

 

Photo (L to R front row) – Brooklyn Pridgeon, Sarah Elliott; (L to R back row) Anthony Goreman, Tanaura Harrison, Akoya Penny-Campbell

The five interns selected for the 2019 Summer Civic Leadership intern program.

Program to be presented by N.C. Humanities Council

Visit the South Branch Library on June 13 for a program by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Dr. Melinda Ratchford of the Road Scholars Program will present “Titanic: The Halifax Dead Speak” at 6 p.m.

 

After a 60-year interest in the R.M.S. Titanic and its history, Dr. Ratchford has visited Belfast, where the ship was built; Southampton, from where it sailed; Chelsea Piers in New York, the ship’s destination before it sank; and Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the bodies of victims were interred. In 1996, Dr. Ratchford also spent a week at the site in the North Atlantic where the ship sank. Through multimedia and memorabilia, she will tell the stories of some of the passengers who lost their lives on that fateful night in 1912 – stories of heroism, cowardice, faith and hope.

 

Retired from the North Carolina Public School System, Dr. Ratchford is a native of Kannapolis, NC and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences from Appalachian State University. She has a Masters in Library Education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a Doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

 

Dr. Ratchford has given more than 250 presentations on the subject of the Titanic. The June 13 event is free and open to the public, with funding provided by the N.C. Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

The South Branch Library is located at 1550 South Campus Drive in Creedmoor and is one of four branches of the Granville County Library System. For more details call 919-528-1752 or visit https://granville.lib.nc.us/ for a listing of other upcoming events!

 

Granville County intersection to be re-aligned

Work will begin soon on a project to realign N.C. 56 where it intersects U.S. 15 and N.C. 50 in Creedmoor.

The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $3.4 million contract to have Carolina Sunrock LLC of Raleigh improve the junction.

Currently, drivers headed east on N.C. 56 must make a series of turns to stay on the highway as it follows West Lake Road to Durham and Wilton avenues. The realignment will create a direct tie between West Lake Road and Wilton Avenue, improving traffic flow by eliminating the turns needed to stay on N.C. 56 in the Creedmoor city limits. 

A new two-lane, median-divided connector will be constructed to the north of the existing West Lake Road, and a new alignment for West Lake Road will branch off the N.C. 56 connector. The project also calls for sidewalks that will connect to a city sidewalk project.

Work is expected to begin soon, and the new roads are scheduled to be open to traffic by June 1, 2020.

West Lake Road and North Pine Street will maintain partial access throughout the project. The plans are phased to avoid complete road closures and allow access at all times to properties and businesses in the project area.

 

 

Alzheimer’s Awareness Event to be held June 21

The Alzheimer’s Association has declared the month of June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and has set aside June 21 – the Summer Solstice  – as a day to bring awareness to the disease of Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia.

 

The Summer Solstice, the day with the most light, is also known as “The Longest Day.” Participants from all over the world will come together on that day to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s by raising awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Granville County will observe “The Longest Day” with an Alzheimer’s Awareness event, to be held on June 21 from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Senior Center in Oxford. The featured topic will be “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” Attendees will learn more about types of dementia, stages of Alzheimer’s, current research and available local resources directly from a representative of the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

This event is sponsored by Granville County Senior Services and the Department of Social Services. The public is welcome. To reserve a seat, contact the Senior Center in Oxford at 919-693-1930 by June 19.

 

The Granville County Senior Center is located at 107 Lanier Street in Oxford.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Granville County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, June 17, 2019 will hold public hearings 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 purposes of the public hearings are to hear public comments on the following land development code text amendment petitions:

 

Granville County Land Development Code Text Amendment Petition

AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE (LDC) THAT WOULD AMEND THE DEFINITION OF SUBDIVISION TO BE CONSISTENT WITH STATE LAW.

 

Granville County Land Development Code Text Amendment Petition

AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE (LDC) THAT WOULD AMEND THE CODE BY ADDING CLUSTER SUBDIVISION STANDARDS FOR MAJOR SUBDIVISIONS IN RURAL AREAS OF THE COUNTY IF A DEVELOPER INTENDS TO DESIGN A CLUSTER SUBDIVISION.

 

Granville County Land Development Code Text Amendment Petition

AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE (LDC) THAT WOULD REMOVE THE THOROUGHFARE RIGHT-OF-WAY PRESERVATION REQUIREMENT IN THE SUBDIVISION CODE. THE AMENDMENT WOULD ADD A STREETSCAPE BUFFER REQUIREMENT FOR MAJOR SUBDIVISIONS FOR ALL LOTS THAT ADJOIN AN EXISTING STATE MAINTAINED STREET.  THE AMENDMENT ALSO ESTABLISHES STREETSCAPE BUFFER STANDARDS. 

           

Changes may be made in the advertised proposals, which reflect debate, objections, and discussions at the hearings. 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.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING ON PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT ROLL FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS TO FIELDSTONE WEST SUBDIVISION

At its regularly scheduled meeting on May 6, 2019, the Granville County Board of Commissioners made a final determination of total costs for street improvements made within the Fieldstone West Subdivision pursuant to Article 9, Chapter 153A of the North Carolina General Statutes for the following streets: Belmont Circle, West Stone Drive, and Stoneway Court. A preliminary assessment roll has been created and completed for the total costs for street improvements within the Fieldstone West Subdivision. The street improvements constituting the project included (i) Street construction, construction administration, engineering and inspection costs; (ii) Advertising costs; (iii) Mailing costs, and (iv) Legal costs. A hearing on the preliminary assessment roll will be held on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. or later in the Granville County Board of Commissioners Meeting Room in the Auditorium located at the Granville County Expo & Convention Center, 4185 US Hwy 15 South, Oxford, North Carolina 27565.  The preliminary assessment roll is on file in the County Clerk’s office and is available for inspection during the normal business hours of the County Administration Building, i.e., Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Board of Elections to host educational seminar

The Granville County Board of Elections will hold an educational seminar about voter photo identification requirements at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. The seminar will be held at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, 4185 US Highway 15 South in Oxford.

 

This seminar is free and open to the public.

 

Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before casting a ballot. This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November of 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls.

 

Session Law 2018-144 requires each county Board of Elections to hold at least two (2) voter ID seminars before Sept. 1, 2019. Attendees will also receive information about voting options, including absentee-by-mail, One-Stop early voting and Election Day voting. Information about provisional voting, the availability of free North Carolina voter ID cards and residency requirements for voting will also be provided.

 

For more information on the voter ID requirements in North Carolina, please visit www.ncsbe.gov/Voter-ID. Questions? Contact the Granville County Board of Elections at 919-693-2515 or granville.boe@granvillecounty.org.

Granville County represented at State of Region event in Raleigh

Granville County was represented at the annual “State of the Region” event in Raleigh on May 23. Participating on behalf of Granville County Government were Economic Development Director Harry Mills; Management Analyst Charla Duncan; Tourism Development Director Angela Allen; and Internal Auditor Monique Heggie.

 

The event, hosted by the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) and held at the Duke Energy Performing Art Center, celebrates statewide accomplishments in economic development over the past year. With a theme of “Grow – Converge – Advance,” the 2019 focus was on the growing Agtech Cluster. According to Adrian Percy, chief technology officer of Finistere Ventures and an independent director for early-stage companies in Ag-Tech, the North Carolina region is poised to become a “true AgTech hub” with its vibrant start-up community, the presence of already-existing agri-business, an excellent talent pool, new infrastructure, elite academic institutions, and other factors.

 

According to RTRP’s market research, the Triangle’s agribusiness sector is expected to grow 17.2 percent in the next five years. Triangle firms already make up 74 percent of North Carolina’s overall AgTech workforce.

 

It was also noted that more than 700,000 North Carolinians are currently enrolled in the N.C. Community College System, acquiring skills that will help move our state forward in business, technology and the trades.

 

More than 1,000 representatives from all over the state attended.

 

“Our event attendance was record-breaking,” RTRP Director Ryan Combs was reported as saying. “This speaks volumes about our community’s passion and commitment to drive our region forward.”

 

Pictured below are Granville County representatives Charla Duncan, Harry Mills, Monique Heggie and Angela Allen.

 

 

 

 

 

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