Money spent, money earned

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 06:10 PM

An empty building does nothing to boost the county’s economy. On Monday evening, the Granville County Board of Commissioners took an important step toward making one empty building productive.

The commissioners approved a grant application to the N.C. Rural Center to renovate a building at 2179 E. Lyon St. in Butner to prepare it for occupancy. The prospective occupants, AirClean Systems and CS Medical, LLC, have indicated they will invest an estimated $3.2 million to up-fit the building. They expect to add 20 jobs within 24 months.

The county’s application requests $200,000 from the Rural Center to prepare the 100,000 square foot building for occupancy. After holding a public hearing, the commissioners approved the application and $10,000 in matching funds from the general fund. New tax revenues generated by the company’s investment will be earmarked to replenish the general fund.

At the request of Tresia Dodson, director of the Granville County Library System, the board approved the purchase of eight literacy computers at a total cost of $25,600. The purchase had been approved by the Granville County Library Board. Funding will come from the library board’s memorial account.

On a 6-1 vote, the commissioners approved the purchase of two shelters to house lockers that will be installed at the Wilson EMS Station and the Oak Hill EMS Station for the use of residents in those areas. The award will go to Global Industrial, the lowest of three bidders with a bid of $10,373. Timothy Karan was the lone commissioner against the measure.

As part of the consent agenda, the board adopted a resolution opposing changes to the state’s one-stop voting law.

On behalf of the board, Commissioner Dave Currin, an alumnus of J.F. Webb High School, recognized the school’s boys basketball team for winning the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s Class 3-A basketball championship. Members of the team were present to accept the award.

Chairman Edgar Smoak recognized Robert R. Rogers for his 20 years of service, 11 of which as chairman, to the Granville County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Commissioner Tony Cozart presented a plaque to Susan Bryant for her years of dedication to Area Congregations in Ministry. The accompanying resolution said Bryant’s efforts made possible the distribution of 283,300 pounds of food and $110,400 to people in Granville County.

Cozart introduced Deborah Ferrell, director of volunteer services at Central Regional Hospital, who presented Bryant with the 2013 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service and noted that she is also one of 20 Gold Medallion winners statewide.

The board appointed Todd Averette to the Granville County Board Adjustment to represent District 5. The commissioners continue to have difficulty finding a representative from District 3 for the Board of Trustees of the Granville County Library System. They have also been unable to identify a representative from Moses S. Cash American Legion Post 161 in Creedmoor to serve on the Veterans Affairs Committee.

After holding a public hearing, the commissioners approved rezoning of property at the corner of Tar River Road and N.C. 56 from agricultural residential to neighborhood business, as requested by Ellen Averette. The change had been approved unanimously by the planning board.

The board approved a request by the Department of Social Services to purchase a Ford Fusion at the cost of $16,740.

On a vote of 6-1, the commissioners approved a Stormwater Credit Manual, to be followed in determining customers’ credit toward the impervious runoff portion of their fees. Commissioner Karan voted nay.


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