Commissioners approve solar farm project

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 04:29 PM

A solar farm is coming to Granville County.

During the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, the board approved an application for the new solar power energy system on Smithwood Drive, Oxford, with a 4-2 vote.

During the required public hearing, commissioners David Smith and David Currin — who voted against the applications — said the county should get consent from residents who were adjacent to the property before going further.

Planning director Barry Baker said signs had been placed around the community, and letters had been sent out to the owners of neighboring properties.

No community members spoke out to oppose the solar installation during the meeting.

The board also moved forward with county expansion projects.

The county is expecting to pay approximately $12 million in capital costs for the Granville Central High School classroom addition, and commissioners gave County Manager Michael Felts the authority to start submitting financing applications.

The board also voted to approve refinancing for a $14 million loan acquired in 2010 to expand the emergency department of the Granville Medical Center.

The board went into closed session after the meeting to discuss a lawsuit between a Butner resident, Felicity Veasey, and county Sheriff Brindell Wilkins.

According to Reuters, Veasey, an Australian who has been living in the country since 2004, felt her rights were violated because she was told she not to bear arms because she was not a citizen.

No details of the lawsuit were revealed during the meeting.

The board approved Attorney Jim Wren negotiate a consent agreement with Veasey.

The board also:

• Presented the 2014 Summer Civic Leadership interns with scholarship checks and plaques.

• Honored Joyce Williams, who received a plaque for her 28 years with the county and duties as chairwoman across various committees.

• Approved a proclamation declaring Granville County a Purple Heart county.

• Approved its support for the Barker family calling an unnamed stream running along Barker Road to Barker Creek.

 

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