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Medicaid information session scheduled for April 14

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will transition most beneficiaries to NC Medicaid Managed Care statewide on July 1, 2021. Under NC Medicaid Managed Care, the State is contracting with insurance companies called Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs).

 

To share information about these health plans, a “Facebook Live” event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14. At 9 a.m., those interested in learning more about options available through Medicaid are invited to visit https://www.facebook.com/GranvilleCountyGov for a live presentation and discussion about the upcoming changes to Medicaid.

 

Enrollment for NC Medicaid Managed Care is now open. Beneficiaries can enroll in a health plan in one of the following ways:

  • 1. Go to ncmedicaidplans.gov;
  • 2. Use the NC Medicaid Managed Care mobile app;
  • 3. Call (toll-free) at 1-833-870-5500;
  • 4. Fill out and enrollment form, when you receive it, and mail/fax it back.

 

A health plan is a group of doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals that work together to provide the health care that is needed. Everything – physical health, behavioral health and medicine, will come from the same health plan. Beneficiaries will be able to choose a health plan and primary care provider (PCP) that is best for themselves and for their families. A PCP could be a trusted family doctor, clinic or other health care provider.

 

Those interested in finding out more about changes to Medicaid and the health plans available are invited to view the “Facebook Live” information session on April 14. For more details about Medicaid, please contact your Medicaid caseworker at Granville County Department of Social Services, 919-693-1511. For more details about NC Medicaid Managed Care, please call 1-833-870-5500.

 

Board of Elections prepares to upgrade voting equipment

The Granville County Board of Elections was recently awarded a $50,000 (approximate) grant through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) as preparations are being made to upgrade voting equipment for the first time since 2006.

 

A simulated election and test of the new voting system and ballot marking device, purchased from State Board of Elections certified vendor Printelect/ES&S, the Granville County Board of Elections’ current vendor, will be held during a public meeting as part of the decision-making process to purchase new voting equipment. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Granville County Expo & Convention Center, located at 4185 US Highway 15 in Oxford.

 

This meeting is open to the public. Attendees will need to social distance and will be required to wear a mask. If you would like to attend the meeting in person, it will be limited to 30 attendees at a time. Please email Tonya.Burnette@granvillecounty.org to sign up to attend the meeting.

 

If you are unable to attend in person, you may provide information and comments in writing to the Board of Elections office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Information may also be submitted through email to Tonya.Burnette@granvillecounty.org by the same deadline.

 

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For more information about this event, please contact the Granville County Board of Elections office at 919-693-2515.

 

Human Relations Commission makes donation

Granville County’s Human Relations Commission made a $500 donation to Area Congregations in Ministry (ACIM) last week to help meet the needs of residents with food insecurities. The donation followed the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, held “virtually” this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Human Relations Commission was established to encourage understanding and good will between all citizens regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, nationality, or economic status, and to promote the general welfare of the community. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast is one of several annual events hosted by the Commission, with canned goods collected at the door each year for the local food pantry.

 

“Since were not able to collect food in our usual way, we were proud to support ACIM financially,” said Rev. John Gooch, Chairman of the Human Relations Commission. “Their work is so important in making sure our residents have the food they need, especially during challenging times like these.”

 

Pictured is Patrice Wilkerson of the Human Relations Commission, ACIM Director Sue HInman and Rev. John Gooch, Chairman of the HRC.

 

ACIM is located at 634 Roxboro Road in Oxford.

 

Legal notice of public hearing

The Granville County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, April 19, 2021 will hold public hearings at 7:00 p.m. or later at the Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 US Highway 15 South in Oxford.

 

The purpose of the public hearings are to hear public comments on the following zoning map amendment (rezoning), land development code text amendment and Granville County Code of Ordinances amendment petitions:

 

Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning) Petition

 

Z-1-2021: George Barnes, Applicant, Portion of Parcel with frontage on US Highway 158 east of Oxford

George Barnes is requesting to rezone a 1.91 acre portion of a parcel from Agricultural Residential 40 District (AR-40) to Highway Business District (HB). The proposed 1.91 acre parcel would front on US Highway 158 and is currently part of a larger tract currently owned by D.C. Critcher, Jr. and Cathy Critcher. The 1.91 parcel proposed for rezoning is currently part of a larger tract that is more specifically identified as Tax Map #193303247406.

 

Granville County Land Development Code Text Amendment Petition

AMENDMENTS TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE (LDC) THAT WOULD INCORPORATE THE STATE-MANDATED LAND USE REGULATION CHANGES AS REQUIRED BY CHAPTER 160D OF THE NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL STATUTES. THE AMENDMENTS AFFECT LAND USE REGULATIONS RELATED TO ZONING, PUBLIC AND QUASI-JUDICIAL HEARING PROCESSES, SUBDIVISIONS, AND ENFORCEMENT. THE AMENDMENTS ARE BEING MADE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH STATE LAW.

 

Granville County Land Development Code Text and Code of Ordinances Amendment Petition

AMENDMENTS TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE (LDC) AND CODE OF ORDINANCES THAT WOULD ASSIST IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GRANVILLE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN BY ALLOWING CLUSTER SUBDIVISIONS IN RURAL AREAS OF THE COUNTY. THE AMENDMENTS WOULD REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT ALL RESIDENTIAL LOTS LESS THAN 40,000 SQUARE FEET MUST BE SERVED BY PUBLIC WATER AND SEWER FACILITIES AND CANNOT BE SERVED BY SEPTIC TANK AND WATER WELL.

 

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

 

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.

April is National County Government Month

The month of April has been designated as National County Government Month, an annual celebration of county government and the services and programs local government provides. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged a spotlight on county programs during this time to raise public awareness and create a focus on the various services provided to the community.

 

This year’s theme for the NACo observance is “Counties Matter.”

 

“Whether responding to COVID-19’s health and economic challenges, strengthening infrastructure, ensuring public safety or building vibrant communities, Counties Matter,” said NACo President Gary Moore. “Now, more than ever, our residents are seeing firsthand the essential functions counties perform. This observance will help highlight how counties work to improve people’s lives every day.”

 

To coincide with this observance, a student art competition is being held to help younger generations learn about county responsibilities and leadership. The goal is to start a dialogue as students are invited to complete this sentence, “I love my county because…” An accompanying work of art, depicting how local county government impacts the community, should be submitted with each entry.

 

Winning artwork will be selected by NACo judges and will be featured in a glossy 18-month calendar to be distributed nationwide. In addition, winning entries – 18 in all from across the nation – will be on display at NACo headquarters in Washington, D.C.

 

On the local level, students who participate – alongside their work – will be featured in a county-wide social media campaign spotlighting the programs and services provided in Granville County. Local entries will also be displayed at all four branches of the Granville County Library System.

 

Students who are eligible to compete must be between the ages of 5 and 18 (grades 1 through 12) in the 2020/2021 academic year. Each submission must be original artwork created in the current school year.

 

Artwork must be horizontal in format (11 by 8.5 inches, to fit the national calendar size) and will be judged on technical skill and creativity. All entries must reflect the completed statement “I love my county because _________ __________ _______,” with the blanks filled in and included with the artwork submitted. While there is no limit to the number of words used to complete the sentence, all entries must include the artist’s name, grade, school and contact information.

 

“We are looking forward to seeing some creative work from our younger citizens and future leaders,” said Granville County Board of Commissioners Chair Sue Hinman. “We want to ensure Granville County students are represented in this contest, because OUR County Matters!”

 

Submitted artwork should be sent to:

 

Granville County Administration
County Manager’s Office
PO Box 906
Oxford, NC 27565

 

Entries may also be brought to the County Administration Office at 141 Williamsboro Street in Oxford or submitted by email to lynn.allred@granvillecounty.org.

 

The submission deadline is May 31, 2021. All local entries will be forwarded to NACo for the national contest. For more information, please contact Lynn Allred, Granville County Public Information Officer, at 919-693-5240.

 

Notice of Remote Meeting, County Commissioners

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet remotely by Zoom conference call on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for the regular scheduled meeting. 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 Monday, April 5, at 12:00 p.m. by mail to P.O. Box 906, Oxford, NC 27565 or email to grancomrs@granvillecounty.org (mailto:grancomrs@granvillecounty.org)

 

To view the agenda, please click here.

 

Debra A. Weary

Clerk to the Granville County Board of Commissioners

Notice of meeting cancellation

The Granville County Board of Elections meeting scheduled for Monday, April 5, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. has been cancelled and rescheduled to Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. That meeting has also been cancelled and has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the Granville County Expo & Convention Center, located at 4185 US Hwy 15 South, Oxford, NC. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a simulated election and test of a new voting system and ballot marking device from State Board of Elections certified vendor Printelect/ES&S, the current vendor, during a public meeting as part of the decision-making process to purchase new voting equipment.  

 

The Granville County Board of Elections is preparing to upgrade voting equipment for the first time since 2006, and was recently awarded approximately $50,000 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Grant to assist with the purchase.

 

The meeting will also be live streamed by Zoom using the link below:

 

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The meeting is open to the public. Attendees will need to social distance and will be required to wear a mask. If you would like to attend the meeting in person, it will be limited to 30 attendees at a time. Please email Tonya.Burnette@granvillecounty.org to sign up to attend the meeting.

 

If you are unable to attend in person, you may provide information and comments in writing to the Board of Elections office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Information may also be submitted through email to Tonya.Burnette@granvillecounty.org by the same deadline.

 

For more information about the event, please contact the Granville County Board of Elections office at 919-693-2515.  

Signage installed to direct public to new county facilities

Signage has now been erected on Hwy 96 South in Oxford, directing the public to Granville County’s new Law Enforcement Center and Animal Shelter on New Commerce Drive. The sign was installed on March 27, after final approval by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

 

The Granville County Law Enforcement Center, located at 525 New Commerce Drive, includes the Sheriff’s Office, Detention Center, 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center and Magistrate’s Office. A phased move-in schedule had enabled each department to make the transition from their previous site on Williamsboro Street, with the Sheriff’s Office making their move to the new facility this past August. The Detention Center, 9-1-1 and the Magistrate’s Office followed and were all in place by December of 2020. The new facility totals more than 88,000 square feet and allows all operations to be housed under one roof.

 

The new 8,500-square-foot Animal Shelter, constructed next door to the Law Enforcement Center, was opened in October of 2020, more than doubling the size of the previous site on Cornwall Road. The new design allows the Animal Shelter and Animal Control to work together from one building and Includes kennel space for 40 to 60 dogs and 40 to 60 cats, along with a spacious outdoor exercise area and a fenced-in area for the temporary containment of larger animals such as roaming livestock. The objective of the larger space, located at 515 New Commerce Drive, is to increase adoptions and to decrease the number of animals euthanized, due to space restrictions.

 

“This signage will allow members of the public to more easily find the new county facilities, which are off of the main road,” said Sandy Woody, Addressing /Street Sign Coordinator for Granville County. “We have been working with DOT on the completion of this project and hope it will be helpful in directing citizens in finding the services they are looking for.”

 

To contact the Granville County Sheriff’s Office by phone, please call 919-693-3213. The Animal Shelter can be reached at 919-693-6749.

 

Enrollment for NC Medicaid Managed Care now open

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will transition most beneficiaries to NC Medicaid Managed Care statewide on July 1, 2021. Under NC Medicaid Managed Care, the State is contracting with insurance companies, called Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs).

 

Medicaid services will be administered and reimbursed by health plans. Beneficiaries will be able to choose a health plan and primary care provider with the help of an Enrollment Broker. Medicaid services will not change, but health plans may offer enhanced services to plan members. Medicaid eligibility rules and processes will not change because of Medicaid Transformation.

 

The Granville County Department of Social Services will have materials to share with beneficiaries about the changes. Current beneficiaries will receive information by mail that outlines actions to be taken, when to take those actions, and who they can contact for assistance.

 

Enrollment for NC Medicaid Managed Care is now open. Beneficiaries can enroll in a health plan by:

 

  • * Selecting a Primary Care Provider (PCP) and health plan through the Enrollment Broker (1) By calling 1-833-870-5500 (toll free); (2) online at ncmedicaidplans.gov; (3) by completing and returning a paper enrollment form by fax to 1-833-898-9655 or by mail to PO Box 613 Morrisville, NC 27560; (4) by using the NC Medicaid Managed Care mobile app, or
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  • * Being auto-enrolled beginning May 15, 2021, in a health plan and PCP if one is not selected by the deadline (deadline is May 14, 2021).

 

Granville County beneficiaries will be offered five (5) health plans from which they can choose to enroll:

  • * WellCare
  • * UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • * Healthy Blue
  • * AmeriHealth Caritas
  • * Carolina Complete Health

 

Beneficiaries required to enroll in a health plan have a 90-day choice period from the start of the enrollment date (July 1, 2021) to change health plans for any reason. Exempt beneficiaries can change health plans at any time.

 

For more information, please contact the Granville County Department of Social Services at 919-693-1511 or visit https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/.

March brings attention to “essential” social workers

 

March is “Social Work Month,” a time to celebrate the professionals who are essential to the well-being of our communities. In 2021, the theme for this observance is “Social Workers are Essential,” a timely description of the services provided every day, especially during challenging times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the United States, there are more than 700,000 social workers at work, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifying social work as one of the fastest growing professions in the country.

 

The Granville County Department of Social Services employs a team of 92 professionals who assist our residents in improving their quality of life. Through economic assistance, foster care/adoptions, assistance to the impaired, referrals, the monitoring of child support, enrollment in Medicaid/food stamps, protection from abuse and neglect and many more services, our social workers have been on the front lines to assist and enable individuals and families in becoming self-sufficient.

 

In a proclamation issued on Feb. 25, 2021, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a proclamation honoring our social workers and designated the month of March as “Social Work Month” in North Carolina, stating that the “Social Workers Are Essential” theme embodies the heroic contributions of the social work profession, and that the work and dedication of our social workers has helped improve the quality of life of our citizens.

 

Granville County Commissioners followed by issuing a local proclamation, approved during their March 15 regular meeting. The official presentation was made during the March 23 meeting of the Social Services Board, with a call for all residents to join in a show of support for the social work profession and for our “essential” Granville County team.

 

To view the Governor’s proclamation, please click here.

 

To view the County proclamation, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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