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Stream Restoration Grants Now Available

Posted January 24, 2022

 

The Granville County Soil and Water Conservation Office is seeking eligible properties to participate in a new program to fund preventative improvements to local waterways and reduce flooding hazards in Granville County via the Streamflow Rehabilitation Assistance Program (StRAP) administered by the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

 

A total of $38 million dollars is now available for a new program in North Carolina that aims to reduce flooding across the state’s waterways. The N.C. General Assembly approved the money to create the StRAP. It allocates money for projects that protect and restore the integrity of drainage infrastructure.

 

Projects could include:

  • Clearing debris or sediment that has blocked streams and drainage ways.
  • Stabilizing and restoring streams and streambanks.
  • Rehabilitating or improving certain small watershed structural projects that were previously constructed.

 

“This is a monumental step to help us prevent future flooding,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “While we have previously secured federal and state money to clear debris from waterways after flooding events such as hurricanes, those efforts were reactive approaches that were part of disaster recovery funds. StRAP now allows us to be proactive in clearing waterways so we can hopefully reduce flooding and protect people’s property before the next big flood event happens. I’m grateful that the General Assembly understood the need for this program.”

 

Interested property owners are encouraged to contact Granville County Natural Resource Conservationist Byron Currin at (919) 693-4603 or byron.currin@granvillecounty.org to explore the feasibility for StRAP funded projects.

Granville County to Operate on a Two-Hour Delay on January 21

Posted January 20, 2022

 

Due to inclement weather, Granville County Government offices will operate on a two-hour delay on Friday, January 21.

 

Any changes to this operations status will be posted by 8:00 a.m. on the 21st. 

January 20, 2022 Planning Board Meeting Cancelled

Posted January 20, 2022

 

The Planning Board meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, January 20 has been cancelled due to the forecast winter weather.

 

The next Planning Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. 

Notice of Remote Meeting January 18, 2022

Posted January 14, 2022

 

Due to the recent rise in Covid numbers, the Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet remotely by Zoom conference call for regular meetings through March 2022. This includes our regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Please contact the County Administration Office at 919-693-5240 to receive the registration link.

 

Public comments will be accepted in written format and must be received by Tuesday, January 18th, at 12:00 p.m. by mail to P.O. Box 906, Oxford, NC 27565 or email to grancomrs@granvillecounty.org.

 

January 18, 2022 Meeting Agenda

Offices Closed but County to Host MLK Virtual Event on January 17

Posted January 13, 2021

 

Granville County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 18 at most locations.

 

Branches of the Granville County Library System will be closed from Saturday, January 15 through Monday, January 17. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 18. Visit the Granville County Library System website for more information about regular branch hours.

 

The Granville County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public on Monday, January 17. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 18. Phone lines will be answered by Animal Management staff or 911 Emergency Communications when the shelter is closed to the public. Call 919-693-6749 to receive assistance for Animal Management needs.

 

911 Emergency Communications will be staffed 24 hours a day throughout the holiday. Dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

 

MLK Virtual Event

 
The Granville County Human Relations Commission will once again host a virtual event to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 17, 2022. The format will follow the 2021 virtual event model, which was moved to Spectrum Channel 17 and to the Granville County Facebook and YouTube channels due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Human Relations Commission chose to hold a virtual event again in 2022 due to the uncertainty of planning a large in-person event.
This year’s event will be made available on Monday, January 17 beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Spectrum Channel 17, Granville County’s local government access channel. The broadcast will re-run each hour for several weeks on Channel 17. The video will also premiere on the Granville County Facebook Page and the Granville County YouTube page at 7:00 a.m. and will be available for on-demand viewing thereafter. Be sure to follow and subscribe to Granville County’s Facebook and YouTube pages to have the video automatically appear in your feed once it is available. The video will also be posted on the Granville County website (www.granvillecounty.org).
 
 
The program will include the middle school and high school winners of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest, some special musical performances, and appearances from numerous Human Relations Commission members filmed in locations across Granville County. The keynote speaker will be Rev. James Isaac of New Hope Granville Missionary Baptist Church.
 
 
Be sure to join us in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our talented Granville County students and citizens on January 17.
 
 
 
 

Utility Assistance Programs Offered by Department of Social Services

Posted January 12, 2022

 

The Granville County Department of Social Services offers assistance programs to support residents who may otherwise have challenges paying utility bills. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) are both available through the Department of Social Services for assistance with electric and/or gas heating bills or for water/wastewater utility services.

 

LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program)

 

Some households in Granville County may qualify for assistance with their heating bill during the winter. Depending on the heat source, eligible households may receive $300, $400, or $500 (in the form of a one-time payment) toward their heating bill through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).

 

Those interested in applying for this assistance –– should provide this information when applying:

 

  • Valid identification
  • Social security numbers for everyone in the home
  • Proof of income for the month prior to the application
  • A heating bill that indicates the account number

 

Every household must complete an application. If approved, payments will be made directly to the heating provider.

 

If applying for someone else, applicants should provide a signed permission statement from the person they are representing.

 

Applications are currently being taken and will continue through March 31, or until funds are exhausted.

 

LIHWAP (Low Income Household Water Assistance Program)

 

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a temporary emergency program that will help eligible households and families afford water and wastewater services, providing a one-time payment for eligible low-income households paid directly to the utility company. LIHWAP runs through September 2023 or until the funds are exhausted.

 

Currently all three groups are able to apply:

 

  • Group 1 – Households that have had water services disconnected.
  • Group 2 – Households that are in jeopardy of water services being disconnected unless action is taken to prevent the disconnect.
  • Group 3 – Households that have current water services bills and need assistance to maintain service.

 

To safely and better serve our customers who need assistance, apply online. Other ways to apply are over the phone by calling (919) 693-1511, mail in application to Granville County Department of Social Services, 410 West Spring Street in Oxford, fax application to (919) 693-5090, or drop off the application in our secure drop box available to you at any time.  

Recreation Grant Applications Now Available

Posted January 7, 2022

 

The Granville County Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Advisory Committee is accepting grant applications for the 2022-2023 grant application period until Feb. 7, 2022. Follow this link to download the application.

 

Granville County’s Parks, Greenways, 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 as possible, and to include a broad spectrum of participants, especially in areas of the county that are underserved by recreational opportunities (such as the southeastern portion of the county) or have not received prior funding.  Recreation programming should seek to serve all age groups.  The Granville County Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Advisory Committee Bylaws prohibit discrimination in the use of funds.

 

The application will be available online or by hard copy from the Granville County Planning Department’s Office in Oxford. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 7, 2022 by 3 p.m. Applications should be submitted by email to justin.jorgensen@granvillecounty.org, or in person/by mail to the Granville County Planning Department, 122 Williamsboro Street, P.O. Box 877, Oxford NC, 27565.

 

Applicants must be a government entity or non-profit organization. While those interested in applying for these funds do not have to be a registered 501c-3, it is encouraged.

 

Submitted requests may not exceed $25,000.

 

To learn more about this grant, contact Justin Jorgensen, Senior Transportation Planner, by phone at 919-603-1332 or by email at justin.jorgensen@granvillecounty.org.

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