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County Manager attends NCACC Planning Retreat

Granville County Manager Michael Felts recently joined fellow members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Joint Risk Management Agency Board of Trustees for a Strategic Planning Retreat. The two-day work session took place in New Hanover County and included a series of business meetings and strategic planning workshops to strengthen NCACC’s risk pools.

 

A “risk pool” is a group of individuals whose insurance costs are combined to calculate premiums, with a goal of securing better insurance rates and coverage plans. During the annual retreat, the Board of Trustees analyzed the benefits of investing in special projects to reduce risk exposure for pool members through training, supplemental benefits coverage, legal guidance and other risk management resources. The Board also discussed trends within the pools and opportunities to offer additional programs to enhance safety in law enforcement and automobile use.

 

In addition, the Board heard updates on relevant case law and recent legislative developments during the 2019 Long Session of the General Assembly, as well as receiving financial and actuarial reports on NCACC’s Risk Pools, which showed favorable financial results in the 2018/2019 coverage year.

 

The NCACC Joint Risk Management Agency is the largest provider of risk management services to county governments in North Carolina, and is managed and operated by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

 

Michael Felts, County Manager

 

 

(Retreat photo courtesy of Chris Baucom/NCACC)

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D going on now

Heath needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs to health plans may change each year, too. An annual health plan evaluation is recommended.

The annual Election Period is a time when all Medicare recipients can review and/or change their Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) and Medicare prescription drug plans (Part D) for 2020. Open enrollment for Medicare Part D began on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7. For a review of individual drug plans for 2020, contact the Granville County Senior Center at 919-693-1930 to schedule an appointment during Open Enrollment time. Well-trained SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) counselors are available to provide assistance.

 

 

 

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

Special meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21

The Granville County Planning Board will have a special meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Granville County Expo Center, 4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford, NC, 27565.

 

The purpose of this special meeting is for a joint public hearing with Granville County Board of Commissioners – rezoning petition – adoption of FEMA Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County Dated 12-6-2019.

 

AGENDA

SPECIAL MEETING

GRANVILLE COUNTY

PLANNING BOARD

 

October 21, 2019                                                                                                                        

7:00 p.m.

 

Joint Public Hearing with Granville County Board of Commissioners – Rezoning Petition – Adoption of FEMA Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County Dated 12-6-2019

 

Z-3-2019            Granville County Planning Board, Applicant, Adoption of FEMA Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County Dated 12-6-2019

The Granville County Planning Board has petitioned to adopt the FEMA Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County dated 12-6-2019. The change to the FIS and Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County dated 12-6-2019 will replace the FIS and Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County dated 10-19-2018. The floodplain map rezoning is being done to be consistent with FEMA and state flood damage prevention regulations so that Granville County will be eligible to receive state and federal disaster funding and for property owners to be able to maintain their flood insurance policies.

 

Joint Public Hearing with Granville County Board of Commissioners – Granville County Land Development Code Text Amendment Petition

 

 

AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE (LDC) THAT WOULD AMEND THE FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION SECTION OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE. THE FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION AMENDMENT IS BEING DONE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH FEMA AND STATE FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION REGULATIONS SO THAT GRANVILLE COUNTY WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE STATE AND FEDERAL DISASTER FUNDING AND FOR PROPERTY OWNERS TO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE POLICIES.

Annual Veterans Breakfast scheduled for Nov. 7

The Granville County Senior Center in Oxford, in partnership with Amedisys Home Health and Hospice, will host the annual Veterans’ Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 7. The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, with all branches of the military invited to attend.

 

Speakers and a pinning ceremony are planned, along with a catered meal.

 

Those interested in participating should register by Friday, Nov. 1. For more details, contact the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford at 919-693-1930. The Granville County Expo and Convention Center is located at 4185 US Hwy. 15 South in Oxford. 

 

Granville County resident honored at awards banquet

At their annual awards banquet held Sept. 26, the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments presented awards for outstanding service, with Board Member Dr. Francine Chavis of Granville County being recognized as the Kerr-Tar Outstanding Board Member of the Year.

 

Dr. Chavis was nominated for this award by the Granville County Board of Commissioners. A resident of Granville County, Dr. Chavis has been practicing medicine for the past 34 years, with 30 years of her career serving patients in Oxford. She is the second African-American female physician in Granville county and the first to come back and serve her hometown as a licensed physician.

 

Dr. Chavis is a faithful member of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, where she serves as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the choir and a Chalice bearer, as well as serving as a vestry member. With all this on her plate, she remains very active in civil and social organizations throughout the county. She works diligently for the rights of all citizens in the community.

 

In addition to her service on the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (29 years), Dr. Chavis is also an active member of several organizations such as the Oxford Chapter of Les Gemmes, the Good Will Sertoma Club (charter member) and the Central Children’s Home Board.

 

“Dr. Chavis has a true sense of compassion that is developed from her medical profession, as well as a dedication and love for our community and its citizens,” said Granville County Commissioner David Smith, who presented the award. “On behalf of Granville County, it is an honor for us to present Dr. Francine Chavis with the Outstanding COG Board Member Award for 2019.”

 

Last year’s Board Member of the Year Award was presented to Granville County Board Chair Zelodis Jay, who was on hand for the 2019 presentation.

 

Pictured with Dr. Chavis (second from right) are Emily Hurd, Youngsville Town Clerk; Frank Frazier, Henderson City Manager; Phyllis Blackwell, wife of Byrd Blackwell, Honorary Municipal Award winner; W.E. “Pete” Averette, REgional Star Award winner; Dr. Chavis; Jennifer Jordan-Pierce, County Elected Official Award recipient. Not pictured is Charlotte Stigall, wife of Sandy Stigall, Honorary Municipal Award winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice of public hearing

All interested persons please take notice that a public hearing will be held by the Granville County Board of Commissioners pursuant to N.C.G.S. 158-7.1 on Oct. 21, 2019 at 7 p.m. or shortly thereafter in the auditorium of the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, located at 4185 US Hwy 15 South, Oxford, North Carolina.

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear the views of the public on aiding and encouraging the location or expansion of industrial facilities in Granville County, specifically as follows: the expansion of a manufacturing company in Granville County to expand its existing facility. The company will invest approximately $500,000 and employ potentially 10 new employees. The maximum cost of the County-funded improvements will be up to $5,000 in accordance with the County’s funding policy. This project will be funded with general County operating funds. The cost to the County of the County-funded capital improvements will be offset by new tax revenues generated by the company’s capital investment in the project over a period not to exceed five years.

The public benefits to be derived from the making of these improvements include the development of industrial properties which will increase the County’s tax base to better provide for County services, and to increase employment opportunities within the County.

All interested citizens are invited and urged to attend.

 

Debra A. Weary, Clerk to the Granville County

 

Board of Commissioners

Notice of Public Hearing

This is to inform the public that a public hearing will be held on the proposed SFY2021 Section 5310 – Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program grant application to be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The public hearing will be held on Oct, 21 at or around 7 p.m. at the Granville County Board of Commissioners meeting in the Granville County Convention and Expo Center, located at 4185 Hwy. 15 South, Oxford, NC 27565.

Those interested in attending the public hearing and needing either auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or a language translator should contact Kathy May on or before October 16, 2019 at telephone number 919/693-1930 or via e-mail at Kathy.may@granvillecounty.org.

The goal of these funds is to provide transportation services that meet the special needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities for whom mass transportation services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate.

The total estimated amount requested for the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021:

Project                                                Total Amount                           Local Share

Capital (Vehicles and other)               $161,000                                $16,100 (10 percent)

Operating                                                          0                                 (50 percent)

 

Mobility Management                                      0                                  (10 percent)

TOTAL                                                   $161,000                                 $16,100

 

 

This application may be inspected at the Granville County Senior Center, located at 107 Lanier Street, Oxford NC from 8L30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, prior to Oct. 21.

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 through 12

The N.C. Forest Service and the USDA Forest Service urge residents and visitors to be cautious with campfires and when burning yard debris. This reminder coincides with National Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 6 through Oct. 12.

 

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 across the state is debris burning. When left unattended, debris fires can escape and start wildfires.

 

“We will not forget the 2016 fall wildfire season that burned more than 59,511 acres across North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “As we head into this fall fire season facing similarly dry weather conditions, let’s remember that each of us can do our part to avoid and to prevent wildfires. It is important to exercise extreme caution while burning debris of any kind.”

 

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. To find contact information for your local county ranger, visit www.ncforestservice.gov/contacts.

 

For people who choose to burn debris, the N.C. Forest Service offers the following tips to protect property and to 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;
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  • Check local burning laws. Some communities allow burning only during specified hours. Others forbid it entirely;
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  • 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 at www.ncforestservice.gov/burnpermit;
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  • Keep an eye on the weather. Don’t burn on dry, windy days;
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  • 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;
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  • Household trash should be hauled away to a trash or recycling station. It is illegal to burn anything other than yard debris;
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  • 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;
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  • Never use kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel or other flammable liquids to speed up debris burning;
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  • Stay with your fire until it is completely out.
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  • When burning agricultural residue and forestland litter, 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 Granville County Ranger Rob Montague at (919) 693-3154, who will weigh all factors, explain them and offer technical advice.

 

Pictured are Smokey Bear and County Ranger Rob Montague are shown with Creedmoor Elementary School first graders during a recent fire prevention program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Scam Jam” to be held at Granville County Senior Center

On Oct. 9, the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging, along with the Granville County Senior Center, has scheduled a SCAM JAM to help educate seniors to protect themselves from frauds and scams. The Granville County SCAM JAM is a free educational and entertaining forum where seniors will learn to avoid today’s scams and frauds, from identity theft to telemarketing, Medicare frauds and even Grandparent Scams.

 

No one knows how many senior citizens are “ripped off” in North Carolina. Based on a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office that estimated annual national losses at $2.9 billion, the yearly Tar Heel toll is probably $100 million a year or more. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urged financial bodies to do more to stop it. Cloaked in the frailty of age, embarrassment, family secrets, Internet frauds and even ignorance that they have been victimized, it may be society’s most unreported crime.

 

The SCAM JAM is designed to empower citizens to protect themselves and their families. Scheduled speakers include representatives of the Senior Medicare Patrol from the NC Department of Insurance, NC Department Secretary of State, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Better Business Bureau as well as the local law enforcement. This free half day seminar will begin around 1:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 1:00 p.m. This event will be held at Granville County Senior Center at 107 Lanier St, Oxford NC 27565.

 

The Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging leads and is involved in the efforts that provide for the development and enhancement of comprehensive and coordinated community based systems of services, opportunities, and protections for older adults which assist them in leading independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. We serve five counties, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren.

 

For more information, contact the Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging at 252-436-2040 or the Granville County Senior Center at 919-693-1930.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public hearing notice

The Granville County Board of Commissioners and the Granville County Planning Board will hold joint public hearings  on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 at 7 p.m. or later at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15 South in Oxford. 

 

The purpose of the public hearings is to hear public comments on the following rezoning petition and Land Development Code text amendment petition.
Rezoning Petition – Adoption of FEMA Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County Dated 126-2019.

 

Z-3-2019
Granville County Land Development Code Text Amendment Petition AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE (LDC) THAT WOULD AMEND THE FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION SECTION OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE. THE FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION AMENDMENT IS BEING DONE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH FEMA AND STATE FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION REGULATIONS SO THAT GRANVILLE COUNTY WILL BE ELIGIBILE TO RECEIVE STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING AND FOR PROPERTY OWNERS TO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE POLICIES.
Granville County Planning Board, Applicant, Adoption of FEMA Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County Dated 12-62019. The Granville County Planning Board has petitioned to adopt the FEMA Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County dated 12-6-2019. The change to the FIS and Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County dated 126-2019 will replace the FIS and Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Granville County dated 10-19-2018. The floodplain map rezoning is being done to be consistent with FEMA and state flood damage prevention regulations so that Granville County will be eligible to receive state and federal disaster funding and for property owners to be able to maintain their flood insurance policies.

 

Granville County Land Development Code Text Amendment Petition AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE (LDC) THAT WOULD AMEND THE FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION SECTION OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE. THE FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION AMENDMENT IS BEING DONE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH FEMA AND STATE FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION REGULATIONS SO THAT GRANVILLE COUNTY WILL BE ELIGIBILE TO RECEIVE STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING AND FOR PROPERTY OWNERS TO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE POLICIES.

 

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 Deparment, 122 Williamsboro Street, P.O. Box 877, Oxford, NC 27565; phone 919-603-1331 or fax 919-693-6794.

 

 

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