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Commissioners to hold regular meeting June 21

NOTICE of REGULAR MEETING

 

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for the regular scheduled meeting.

 

This will be an in-person meeting.  Any questions should be directed to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board, at 919-603-1307 or debra.weary@granvillecounty.org

 

To view the agenda, please click here: June 21, 2021

 

Granville Athletic Park to host USTA state championships

The new tennis courts at the Granville Athletic Park (GAP) have been reserved for the U.S. Tennis Association’s (USTA) “40 and Over” State Championships, June 24 – 26.

 

Granville County is one of several sites of the Eno River Area Leagues serving as tournament hosts. The League’s host city typically uses 10 to 15 nearby sites for the state championships. For 2021, the City of Durham is serving as host, with their Parks and Recreation Department handling site coordination for each day of the tournament.

 

Four of the six tennis courts at the GAP have been reserved for these championship matches. It is expected that the tournament will bring tennis enthusiasts from the Eno River area and beyond, as well as sparking additional interest in the game of tennis and the USTA.

 

“These tennis courts greatly enhance what the county already has in place,” said Betty Lou Davis of the County’s Parks, Greenways and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Oxford Community Tennis Association. “Since they are USTA-sanctioned, we can now attract a broader spectrum of tennis players from outside the county and increase the number of visitors to our area.”

 

In December of 2019, the USTA and USTA Southern had awarded $70,000 ($50,000 and $20,000 respectively) to assist in the construction of the 78-foot tennis courts as part of the Phase III expansion of the park, with options for play on three 60-foot and four 36-foot courts. Intended use for the newly constructed courts included tournament play for athletic associations and tennis clubs, as well as providing a site for local high school students to practice and play.

 

In addition to the USTA funding, the Phase III expansion was completed with grants awarded through the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF, $300,000) and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF, $250,00), adding 11 acres to the already-existing park. The project was completed in April of this year and is now open to the public.

 

The Granville Athletic Park is located at 4615 Belltown Road in Oxford and is the County’s largest outdoor recreational area.

Proclamation issued for South Granville High School “Lady Vikings”

The Granville County Board of Commissioners has recognized the “Lady Vikings” softball team of South Granville High School with a proclamation in honor of their championship legacy.

 

The team has a record of 218 wins and only 19 defeats since 2011, and has made seven regional series appearances, six of them being consecutive. Most recently, the “Lady Vikings” won the North Carolina State 2AA Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2018, with the 2018 state championships resulting in a perfect record of 27 wins and no losses. A regional appearance followed in 2019 (18 wins and only 4 losses).

 

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 “Lady Vikings” were declared winners of the Eastern Regionals, and went on to compete in the championship series.

 

The Commissioners’ proclamation reads, in part, “The South Granville High School Lady Vikings softball team has a stellar winning tradition. This tradition has provided many great moments in which the City of Creedmoor and Granville County residents take great pride. They will always be remembered for their athletic success and for continuing to be ambassadors of Granville County.”

 

The 2021 team includes Brooke Bowling, Paige Strickland, Jenna Curry, Kaitlyn Goss, Savannah Thompson, Megan Ellis, Maddie Gerovac, Candace Strombeck, Jani Spruill. Georgia Preddy, Kylyn Dean and Savannah Norton. Coaches for the team are Head Coach Jackie Day and Assistant Coaches Donnie Boyd and Scott Brogdon. Sherry Thompson serves as statistician.

 

Commissioner Russ May (District 5) made the presentation at the June 7 meeting of the Board.

 

To view the proclamation, please click here. 

 

 

Legislative hearing to be held at June 21 Commissioners meeting

 LEGAL NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE HEARING

 

The Granville County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, June 21, 2021 will hold a legislative hearing at 7:00 PM or later at the Granville Expo and Convention Center at 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford, N.C. 27565.  

 

The purpose of the legislative hearing is to hear public comments on the following zoning map amendment (rezoning) petition:

 

Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning) Petition

 

Z-2-2021: Aiman and Mary Botros by Attorney Lori Dutra, Applicant, Parcel with frontage on east side of US Highway 15 at the intersection of US HWY 15 and Chewning Road north of Oxford

 

Aiman and Mary Botros by Attorney Lori Dutra is requesting to rezone a 9.40 acre parcel from Agricultural Residential 40 District (AR-40) to Highway Business District (HB).  The 9.40 acre parcel is on the east side of US HWY 15 at the intersection of  US HWY 15 and Chewning Road north of Oxford.  The parcel is more specifically identified as Tax Map #191502975642.  The 9.40 acre tract is further described as the tract created by Plat Book 47, Page 112 in the Granville County Register of Deeds.  The property is owned by Aiman and Mary Botros by deed recorded in Granville County Register of Deeds at Deed Book 1829, Page 233-235.

 

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

 

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.

Commissioners to hold evidentiary hearing, June 21

The Granville County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, June 21, 2021 will hold an evidentiary hearing at 7:00 p.m. or later at the Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford, N.C. 27565.  

 

The purpose of the evidentiary hearing is to hear public comments on the following major special use application:

 

Major Special Use Application

 

SU-2-2021: Lee Taylor of Baker Donelson on behalf of Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, Applicant, property off of Henry Wilson Road

 

Lee Taylor of Baker Donelson on behalf of Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless is requesting a major special use permit to place a 199’ concealed monopine monopole wireless communication tower with a fenced equipment compound on property owned by David and Gayle Cheek. The property is located off of Henry Wilson Road and is zoned Agricultural Residential 40 (AR-40). The property that the wireless communication tower would be located on is specifically identified as tax parcel map number #191604614446. 

 

Event scheduled to mark Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Granville County Department of Social Services (DSS) will host a drive-through “Lunch and Learn” on Tuesday, June 15. This community education event, organized by the DSS Adult and Parent Services Unit, will be held in the parking lot of the former Oxford Armory, located at 105 Spring Street in Oxford.

 

Participating residents will be provided with helpful information about services available to Granville County families, as well as a free lunch.

 

An annual observance, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was established on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization of the United Nations. According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, at least one in ten older adults experienced some form of abuse or neglect in the prior year. Social isolation, financial strains, emotional stress or dementia can all make a senior vulnerable to mistreatment or abuse.

 

The drive-through “Lunch and Learn” event is open to the public during the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., while supplies last. For more information, please contact the Granville County Department of Social Services at 919-693-1511.

Notice of public meeting and public hearing

Notice of public meeting and public hearing on the
proposed budget for fiscal year 2021-2022

 

All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Tourism Development Authority will meet on Thursday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. to conduct regular business and to hold a public hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2021-2022.

 

The meeting will take place at Granville County Expo and Convention Center located on 4185 US-15 in Oxford.

 

A Zoom phone/video conference link for the meeting will also be available.

 

The public is welcome to attend  this meeting. Participants should register with Tourism Director Angela Allen by June 23 to be given access. Contact her by email at angela.allen@granvillecounty.org or call 919-693-6125 to register and receive the link.

 

– Angela Allen, Tourism Development Director, Granville County

Notice of regular meeting, Granville County Board of Commissioners

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for the regular scheduled meeting.

 

This will be an in-person meeting.  To view the agenda, please click here.

 

Any questions should be directed to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board, at 919-603-1307 or debra.weary@granvillecounty.org

 

 

 

 

 

275th Anniversary Celebration to be held July 24

A celebration to mark the 275th anniversary of Granville County and the dedication of the Phase III expansion of the Granville Athletic Park (GAP) will be held on Saturday, July 24 at the GAP’s Sports Pavilion and Amphitheater. Hours are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 

Formed in 1746, Granville County was established thirty years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence and was named in honor of the second Earl of Granville, Lord John Carteret. King George II had given most of the land that is present-day Granville County to Carteret as part of the Granville Grant in the 1660s. Today’s Granville County includes five municipalities – the City of Oxford (county seat), the Town of Butner, the City of Creedmoor, the Town of Stem and the Town of Stovall – and is home to more than 60,000 residents.

 

The July 24th events celebrate both the history and progress of the county, with a dedication of the Phase III expansion of the Granville Athletic Park taking place at 9 a.m. The completed project adds tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, new playground space, a fitness station, open play areas for cornhole and other games, a sheltered pavilion area and ample parking. Plans also include nine additional holes for disc golf in the near future.

 

The expansion adds 11 acres to the already existing park, totaling 80 acres of outdoor recreation space.

 

Following the dedication will be a 10 a.m. opening ceremony for the 275th Anniversary Celebration. Food trucks, vendors, children’s activities, entertainment from the amphitheater stage, historical presentations and fun for all ages are planned throughout the day. Local author Lewis Bowling will also be on hand to sign copies of his new commemorative book “Looking Back: 275 Years of Granville County History,” which will be “hot off the press” for this celebration.

 

Both events are free and open to the public.

 

Nonprofit organizations are invited to join Granville County’s anniversary celebration and will be provided vendor space on a first-come, first served basis. There is NO registration fee.

 

Participating nonprofits will be asked to set up by 9:30 a.m. for the main event’s start time of 10 a.m. and are requested to remain at their assigned site until the 4 p.m. conclusion of the festivities.  (Tables and chairs will not be provided. It is recommended that participating vendors bring a canopy tent for protection against the summer sun.)

 

Nonprofits  interested in reserving space for this event are asked to contact the County Manager’s Office, 104 Belle Street in Oxford, for an application, which is to be completed and returned by June 30, 2021. Applications are also available for download here, with completed applications accepted by email. Please print out and send nonprofit vendor applications to Assistant County Manager Korena Weichel at korena.weichel@granvillecounty.org.

 

After July 1, participants will be contacted to confirm reservations and to provide additional day-of-event details.

 

The Granville Athletic Park is located at 4615 Belltown Road in Oxford and is Granville County’s largest outdoor recreational area.

 

 

Senior Services to host fall prevention program

Granville County Senior Services will host a fall prevention program during the month of June. Graduate student/instructor Brianna Smith (Occupational Therapy) will lead a four-week series of classes that include tips on home safety, prevention, safety equipment and body mechanics.

 

Participants will also learn about tripping hazards, accessibility and medication management. Strength exercises will also be taught.

 

Sessions begin on June 8 and will be held at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford each Tuesday at 10 a.m. To register for this program, please call 919-693-1930. Space is limited.

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