Plan approved by Warren commissioners could yield significant savings

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 06:14 PM

WARRENTON — A plan prepared by Warren County Finance Director Barry Mayo and approved by the Warren County Board of Commissioners has the potential of saving the county $317,554 over a 15-year period.

The plan would modify four loans in order to take advantage of lower interest rates that are now available. The loans to be refinanced are on the library, law enforcement center, animal control shelter and renovation of county buildings.

To resolve an issue that has been considered at two previous meetings and at two work sessions, the commissioners approved an easement across Warren County Armory Civic Center property to provide access to landlocked property owned by Jane Wilson.

The board approved a request from Roger Shackleford, assistant secretary for workforce solutions in the N.C. Department of Commerce, to use county-owned office space at 309 North Main Street at no cost. Because of state funding cuts, Workforce Solutions was unable to pay rent and considered moving the office out of Warren County.

In his letter requesting free use of the office space, Shackleford wrote, “We believe our services benefit the citizens of Warren County and are committed to continuing to offer these services despite reductions in funding.”

As a follow-up to their Aug. 21 work session, the commissioners approved a revised Sexual Harassment Policy.

The board adopted a resolution declaring Sept. 21, 2013, as an International Day of Peace.

In response to a request by Vance-Granville Community College President Stelfanie Williams, the board waived fees for VGCC’s use of the Armory Civic Center on Sept. 26.

The commissioners named Kia Nate Settles to serve on both the Citizens Advisory Council for District II and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. They appointed Walter Hundley to serve on the Economic Development Commission.

The board adopted resolutions authorizing the school board to dispose of the Oine School building and the former North Warren Elementary School building. Both buildings were declared surplus property by the commissioners in 2009.

The commissioners scheduled a public hearing for 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 7 to receive comments on the 2013-2014 Rural Operating Assistance Program funding agreement.

Prior to the meeting, the commissioners held a work session in which they heard a presentation of a Job Classification/Salary Study Final Report by John Anzivino, senior vice-president of Springsted, Inc. When the report was considered in their regular meeting, the commissioners voted to approve it.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.