Incentives approved for industry addition

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 08:36 PM

OXFORD — On the same day an industry expansion into Granville County was announced, incentives for another unnamed industry were approved by county commissioners.

Bill Edwards, the director of economic development, provided an overview of the project in a public hearing. Renovation and possible expansion of an existing industrial facility in Butner are included at a cost not to exceed $104,781 for the use of a power and data connectivity parts supplier.

The company will invest approximately $3.5 million and add 53 full-time employees by the end of 2018. The cost to the county will be offset by new tax revenues generated by the company’s investment over a period of five years. The commissioners approved the incentive unanimously.

Earlier this week, AW North Carolina announced plans to expand to a facility in Butner adding 85 jobs. It is also adding more than 50 jobs to its current Durham facility.

A second public hearing was held for a special permit application for a solar company to construct a five megawatt solar farm off Henry Wilson Road north of Oxford. The request was approved unanimously conditional on ordinance compliance.

Commissioners approved replacing 11 computers at the Department of Social Services and a request for new computers in the Granville County Tax Office, subject to the DSS computers compatibility as a first choice for replacement at the tax office.

The commissioners made the following appointments:

• Granville Health Systems Board of Trustees: Thelma Thornton.

• South Granville Water and Sewer Authority: Edgar Smoak.

• Granville Greenways Advisory Committee: Susan Ball.

Commissioner Tony Cozart presented a recognition plaque to Dawn T. Armstrong, a DSS employee from 1979 until 2013.

The board approved engaging the SpyGlass Group to conduct a review of the county’s telecommunication service to identify cost-saving opportunities. It also appointed Gerald “Gerry” Koinis to be assistant county attorney.

No action was taken following a closed session. The county, along with the City of Henderson and Warren County, has been sued by the City of Oxford.

 

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.