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 email@example.com.
The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. for the regular scheduled meeting.
Any questions should be directed to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board, at 919-603-1307 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted December 29, 2021
Granville County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, January 3 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 4 at most locations.
Branches of the Granville County Library System will be closed from Saturday, January 1 through Monday, January 3. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 4. Visit the Granville County Library System website for more information about regular branch hours.
Granville County Landfill and Trash/Recycling Convenience Sites will be closed Saturday, January 1 through Sunday, January 2, and will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, January 3. Visit the Environmental Services page for normal operating hours.
The Granville County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public on Monday, January 3. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, January 4. 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.
All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, December 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. at the Granville Expo & Convention Center located at 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC. The purpose of the Special Meeting is to appoint a Sheriff. The Board may also go into closed session to discuss attorney client and personnel matters pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(a)(3) and (6).
Posted December 13, 2021
The N.C. Forest Service has lifted a ban on all open burning effective at noon Monday, Dec. 13, for Granville County as well as the the following counties: Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Orange, Person, Polk, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Transylvania, Vance, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey.
The ban, which went into effect Nov. 29 due to hazardous forest fire conditions, was lifted for 67 other counties on Dec. 8.
“We saw some much-needed rain during the weekend, and that has thankfully helped bring fire danger down, allowing us to lift burn ban restrictions statewide,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Still, I’d caution residents to remain vigilant about burning responsibly and safely. Make sure you have a valid burn permit and contact your NCFS county ranger for wildfire prevention and fire safety tips.”
As of noon, burn permits are available statewide. Residents can obtain a burn permit from any authorized permitting agent or online at the N.C. Forest Service website. All burn permits granted before the statewide burn ban were canceled when the ban became effective. A valid permit must be obtained.
Residents with questions regarding burn permits, or other services may contact the Granville County Ranger’s office at (919) 693-3154 or visit the Granville County website.
Posted November 30, 2021
Updated December 13, 2021: The N.C. Forest Service has lifted the burn ban for Granville County, and the remainder of the state. Visit the N.C. Forest Service website for the latest information.
Updated December 10, 2021: The N.C. Forest Service has lifted the burn ban in much of North Carolina, but the restrictions remain in place for 33 counties, including Granville County. Visit the N.C. Forest Service website for the latest information.
Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits statewide effective November 29, 2021 until further notice.
“It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing wildfire activity increase due to dry conditions,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With these ongoing conditions, a statewide burn ban is necessary to reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading quickly. Our top priority is always to protect lives, property and forestland across the state.”
Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was previously issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Anyone violating the burn ban faces a $100 fine plus $183 court costs. Any person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.
Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.
The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions. Residents with questions regarding a specific county can contact their N.C. Forest Service county ranger or their county fire marshal’s office.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is open burning?
A: Open burning includes burning leaves, branches or other plant material. In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other nonvegetative material is illegal.
Q: May I still use my grill or barbecue?
A: Yes, if no other local ordinances prohibit their use.
Q: How should I report a wildfire?
A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.
Q: How should I report a person who intentionally starts a wildfire?
A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.
Q: My local fire marshal has also issued a burn ban for my county. What does this mean?
A: The burn ban issued by the N.C. Forest service does not apply to a fire within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Local government agencies have jurisdiction over open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The N.C. Forest Service has advised county fire marshals of the burning ban and has asked for their consideration of also implementing a burning ban. If a fire within a 100-foot area of a dwelling escapes containment, a North Carolina forest ranger may take reasonable steps to extinguish or control it. The person responsible for setting the fire may be liable for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.
Q: Are there other instances which impact open burning?
A: Local ordinances and air quality regulations may impact open burning. For instance, outdoor burning is prohibited in areas covered by Code Orange or Code Red air quality forecasts. Learn more about air quality forecasts.
Q: Can I have a campfire when I go camping?
A: Campfires would be considered open burning and are not exempt from the burn ban. During a burn ban, portable gas stoves or grills are alternate methods for cooking food while camping.
Q: What can I do to protect my house against the risk of wildfire?
A: Learn about wildfire risk assessments and preparedness and prevention plans on the N.C. Forest Service website.
Posted November 29, 2021
All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Richard H. Thornton Library in the large conference room located at 210 Main Street, Oxford, NC. The purpose of the Special Meeting is for the Board to go into closed session for attorney-client and personnel matters pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(a)(3) and (6). No action is anticipated by the Board.
Posted November 23, 2021
All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold Special Meetings on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. at the Granville County Administration Office located at 104 Belle Street, Oxford, NC. The purpose of the Special Meetings is for the Board to go into closed session to discuss a personnel matter pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(a) (6). No action is anticipated by the Board.
Posted November 19, 2021
Granville County is seeking statements of interest and resumes from law enforcement professionals interested in being appointed sheriff to fulfill the remainder of the unexpired current term which ends December 5, 2022. Applicants must meet all statutory and constitutional requirements including residency in Granville County and having no history of a felony conviction. Further, any applicant must be willing to publicly affirm that he or she will not be a candidate for sheriff in the upcoming election cycle and that he or she is not and will not affiliate with or endorse any candidate for sheriff. All applicants will be subject to an extensive background and reference check.
Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following requirements:
- Possess a BA or BS degree from an accredited College or University or an associate degree.
- Previously or currently certified as a law enforcement officer by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission, the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, or comparable sworn Federal Law enforcement agency, i.e. FBI, ATF, USMS, USSS and or DEA.
- Completed recognized state and/or federal law enforcement management course(s).
- Possess extensive senior/executive management experience directly managing numerous personnel within a sheriff’s office, police department, or state or federal law enforcement agency.
- Knowledge of federal equitable sharing programs.
- Experience in planning, coordinating, leading or overseeing critical incidents.
- Experience in conducting and managing criminal investigations.
- Experience in developing and managing multi-million-dollar budget.
- Experience in representing a law enforcement agency directly or as a liaison to various stakeholders including the public, judicial officials, partner organizations, local and state elected officials, community leaders, and media.
- Capable of developing and implementing law enforcement and detention facility policies and programs.
To apply, interested candidates should submit a statement of interest and resume to the Granville County Board of Commissioners in care of Debra Weary, Clerk to the Granville County Board of Commissioners via e-mail at email@example.com on or before November 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Posted November 19, 2021
Fall wildfire season is here. There have been 24 responses for wildfires by fire departments and the N.C. Forest Service in Granville and Vance counties already in November. Due to limited rainfall, falling leaves adding dry fuel to the ground, and dry conditions the N.C. Forest Service urges citizens to be cautious with campfires and when burning yard debris. All of Granville and Vance counties are classified as Abnormally Dry to Moderate Drought by the N.C. Drought Update issued earlier this week. Citizens are encouraged to postpone outdoor burning until the area receives significant rainfall.
The fall wildfire season typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December, the time of year when people do a lot of yard work that may include burning leaves and yard debris. The leading cause of wildfires in North Carolina is debris burning. When left unattended, debris fires can escape and start wildfires. Most of the recent fires started from debris burning or discarded wood stove ashes.
There are many factors to consider before burning debris. The N.C. Forest Service encourages residents to contact their local county forest ranger before burning debris. The ranger can offer technical advice and explain the best options to help ensure the safety of people, property, and the forest. The local number for Granville and Vance counties is (919) 693-3154. To find contact information for other offices, visit the NC Forest Service website.
For people who choose to burn debris, the N.C. Forest Service offers the following tips to protect property and prevent wildfires:
- Consider alternatives to burning. Some types of debris, such as leaves, grass and stubble, may be of more value if they are not burned, but used for mulch instead.
- Check local burning laws. Some communities allow burning only during specified hours. Others forbid it entirely.
- Make sure you have a valid permit. You can obtain a burn permit at any N.C. Forest Service office or authorized permitting agent, or online.
- Keep an eye on the weather. Don’t burn on dry, windy days.
- Local fire officials can recommend a safe way to burn debris. Don’t pile vegetation on the ground. Instead, place it in a cleared area and contain it in a screened receptacle away from overhead branches and wires.
- Household trash should be hauled away to a trash or recycling station. It is illegal to burn anything other than yard debris.
- Be sure you are fully prepared before burning. To control the fire, you will need a hose, bucket, steel rake and a shovel for tossing dirt on the fire. Keep a phone nearby, too.
- Never use kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel or other flammable liquids to speed up debris burning.
- Stay with your fire until it is completely out.
Burning agricultural residue and forestland litter: In addition to the rules above, a fire line should be plowed around the area to be burned. Large fields should be separated into small plots for burning one at a time. Before doing any burning in a wooded area, contact County Ranger Rob Montague at (919) 693-3154, who will weigh all factors, explain them, and offer technical advice.