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Notice of quasi-judicial hearing

The Granville County Board of Commissioners, at their meeting on Monday, May 17, 2021, will hold a quasi-judicial 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 quasi-judicial hearing is to hear public comments on the following special use application:

 

Special Use Application

SU-1-2021: CitySwitch, LLC, Applicant, property off of US Hwy 15 North

CitySwitch, LLC is requesting a special use permit to place a 199’ monopole wireless communication tower with a fenced equipment compound on property owned by Curtis Yancey and Thomas Yancey. The property is located off of US Hwy 15 North near the North Carolina/Virginia State Line.  The property 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 #103100451872.

 

 

New company to invest in Granville County

Governor Roy Cooper and the N.C. Department of Commerce announced today that chicken coop manufacturer Carolina Coops will be investing more than $2 million to locate a production facility in Butner, creating 147 new jobs over three years and a total of approximately 500 jobs by 2026. 

 

Carolina Coops, founded in Durham, is a family-owned company that designs, manufactures and distributes handcrafted backyard coops in a global market. This move to Granville County expands operations from upstate New York as the decision was made to return to North Carolina.

 

A performance-based grant of $400,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate the expansion and relocation. 

 

To view the entire press release from the N.C. Department of Commerce, please click here.

Notice of public hearing for proposed 2021-2022 budget

The proposed 2021-2022 budget for Granville County has been submitted to the Granville County Board of Commissioners, in accordance with the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act.

 

A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection in the Office of the Clerk to the Board and at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford and other library branches. The proposed budget is also available on the Granville County Government website. To view the documents, please click here.

 

The Board of Commissioners will conduct a Public Hearing to receive comments on the proposed budget on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 7 p.m. or shortly thereafter in the Auditorium of the Granville Expo and Convention Center, 4185 Hwy, 15 South in Oxford.

 

In preparation for this meeting, Commissioners will meet at the Granville Expo and Convention Center on Monday, May 10 and at 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 (if necessary) for budget workshops on the proposed year 2021-2022 budget.

 

 

For more information, please contact Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board and Executive Assistant to the County Manager at 919-603-1307.

Phase III expansion completed at the Granville Athletic Park

The expansion of the Granville Athletic Park (the GAP) is now completed, adding new amenities and features to the County’s largest outdoor recreational area.         

 

Phase III of the expansion includes 11 additional acres of land, acquired by the County in 2013, to the already existing acreage. The newest section of the park, which is now open to the public, offers tennis courts, sand volleyball pits, an easily-accessible and inclusive playground, a fitness station, open green space and a shelter area, as well as designated areas for cornhole boards. Future plans are to add nine additional holes of disc golf to the site.

 

The amenities included in the expansion were selected from top rankings in a 2015 countywide recreation survey and were made possible through grant funding from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF, $300,000), the National Parks Service Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF, $250,000), the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA, $50,000) and the U.S. Tennis Association’s USTA Southern ($20,000). 

 

“We are extremely excited about this expansion,” said Granville County Board of Commissioners Chair Sue Hinman. “As we are able to get outside more and enjoy the many recreational opportunities across the county, we invite our residents and visitors to come out enjoy the new tennis courts, playground equipment and other features, as well as all the other amenities already available at the GAP.”

 

The goal of this project is to encourage healthy activity and to provide a safe, appealing and functional outdoor environment for residents and visitors to the area. Expected use of the tennis courts includes scheduled tournament play for athletic associations and tennis clubs, as well as access for practice and casual community enjoyment. Groups, teams and individuals can now reserve one of the six tennis courts and be put on the GAP’s calendar for specific dates and times. Those interested should call 919-693-5240 for reservations and additional information.

 

A ribbon cutting to officially dedicate the Phase III addition to the GAP is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 24. The public will be invited to attend the dedication ceremony, which precedes Granville County’s 275th Anniversary celebration at the park’s sheltered Sports Pavilion area and Amphitheater.

 

The Granville Athletic Park, which now totals 80 acres, is located at 4615 Belltown Road in Oxford. For more details about the GAP, please click here.

 

 

 

Weichel receives Credentialed Manager designation

Korena L. Weichel, Assistant County Manager of Granville County, recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Weichel is one of more than 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

 

To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and demonstrate a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

 

Weichel has over 13 years of professional local government executive experience. Prior to her appointment in 2020 as Granville County’s first Assistant County Manager, she rose in the ranks from serving as Administrative Services Director to Assistant City Manager and then City Manager for the City of Creedmoor.

 

Weichel graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a bachelor’s degree in Public and Non-Profit Administration. She has demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development throughout her local government career, completing highly respected programs from the University of North Carolina’s School of Government including Municipal and County Administration, LGFCU Fellows: Leading for Results, Public Executive Leadership Academy, and the Community Development Academy.

 

In addition to the Credential Manager certification, she has long held certifications as a senior-level professional in human resources from the HR Certification Institute, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR).

 

Weichel has also made significant contributions to a number of other organizations, including the North Carolina City and County Manager’s Association Conference Planning Committee (currently serving), the North Carolina League of Municipalities’ Human Resources Advisory Committee, the Granville County Tourism Development Authority (Chair) and the North Carolina League of Municipalities’ Organization of Municipal Personnel Officers (President).

 

The mission of ICMA is to advance professional local government through leadership, management, innovation and ethics, and by increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s 13,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.

 

Animal Control awarded grant from Petco Love

Granville County Animal Control has been awarded a grant from the newly-named Petco Love organization that will aid in a continuation of their work to trap, neuter and release (T/N/R) feral cats.

 

Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, Petco Love has contributed more than $300 million towards pet adoptions and other lifesaving efforts. In addition, they have helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and with more than 4,000 organizations nationwide.

 

“Today Petco Love announces an investment in Granville County Animal Control and hundreds of other organizations as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only one component. This month, we will also launch the first of our national tools to empower all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”

 

The $6,000 investment from Petco Love will enable Animal Control Officers to add 90 to 100 feral cats to the T/N/R program. In 2020, the T/N/R program helped save the lives of 411 cats and was a significant factor in the low euthanasia rate reported by the Granville County Animal Shelter.

 

“The growing feral cat population is one that we have been addressing over a period of time,” said Matt Katz, Granville County Animal Management Director. “The T/N/R program is steadily making an impact, and in a humane way. This funding will allow us to continue our work to safely keep our numbers in check while keeping our euthanasia rate low.”

 

Offices of Granville County Animal Control are located at the Granville County Animal Shelter, 515 New Commerce Drive in Oxford. For more information about the T/N/R program or other services provided, please call 919-693-6749. To learn more about Petco Love, visit petcolove.org.

 

To visit the website pages of the Granville County Animal Shelter, please click here.

 

Commissioners to meet at Expo and Convention Center

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday, May 3, 2021 for a regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, 4185 Hwy 15 South in Oxford.

 

This will be an in-person meeting that is open to the public. 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. 

Four-county-area shares updates to regional plan

Granville County and neighboring counties of Franklin, Vance and Warren – as well as their municipal jurisdictions – have updated their regional hazard mitigation plan that covers the four-county Tar River area. 

 

The Tar River Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies local policies and actions for reducing risk and future losses from natural hazards such as floods, severe storms, wildfires and winter weather. The plan is available for public viewing on the Tar River Regional Hazard Mitigation website.

 

A Fact Sheet is also available for further information and is available here.

 

For more information and/or to offer comments on the plan, please contact Robin Edwards with Granville County Emergency Management at 919-603-1310 or via email at robin.edwards@granvilecounty.org.

“Spring Clean Out” scheduled for May 15

The Annual Spring Clean Out is scheduled for 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center. This event provides an opportunity for residents to recycle and/or properly dispose of unwanted household items during spring cleaning.

 

On-site vendors will be accepting scrap metal, electronics, batteries of all types, polystyrene/styrofoam, outdated prescriptions, books, paper documents for shredding, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, flares, ammunition and other items. New to the spring event is the collection of paint and household chemicals, which has typically been accepted at fall recycle/collection events only.

 

“This event provides an opportunity for everyone to properly dispose of and potentially recycle waste in our county,” said Granville County’s Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator Teresa Baker. “We have had much interest in the past, and participation continues to build each year. We invite everyone to come out and bring their recyclables and waste materials on May 15 as we work together to protect our environment.”

 

Last year’s county-wide event resulted in the collection of more than 5,000 pounds of shredded paper, 4,500+ pounds of electronics and televisions, 800 pounds of hardback books, 185 pounds of medication/sharps, almost 1,000 pounds of scrap metal and an entire pallet of batteries, among other items.

 

The 2021 event will include a convenient drive-through collection service, so that participants can remain in the safety of their own vehicles. The Humane Society of Granville County will also be available to collect dog and cat food, crates, dog houses, leashes, collars, towels and flea/tick prevention.

 

As in previous years, a follow-up event is also being planned for the Fall of 2021 at the same location.

 

For more information, please contact Granville County’s Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator Teresa Baker at 919-725-1417 or at bakertd@gcs.k12.nc.us.

Drive-through Medicaid event scheduled

N.C. Managed Care is changing! To help residents better understand their options, the Granville County Department of Social Services will host a drive-through information-sharing event on Thursday, April 22. Residents are invited to attend and to take home materials and resources about health care options available through NC Medicaid.

 

This event will be held at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center from noon until 2 p.m.

 

The Expo Center is located at 4185 Hwy. 15 South in Oxford. 

 

 

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