Granville commissioners put temporary hold on school’s addition because of controversy

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 07:50 PM

OXFORD — A plan for financing an addition to Granville Central High School was put on hold by the Granville County Commissioners at their meeting Monday.

Commissioner David Currin noted the issues surrounding the Granville County Board of Education and administration of the school system.

“In light of the controversy, I suggest we hold this for one month until things settle down,” he said.

Commissioners voted unanimously to consider the issue at the Aug. 4 meeting.

The Rev. Bernard Holliday proposed the board form a commission with broad community representation to develop a manual on procedures for carrying out the fiscal plan.

“There is a need for a new partnership in Granville County,” he said, adding that it should lead to transparency and accountability.

Others also spoke up about their concerns during public comment.

Mike Turner, of Creedmoor, expressed concerns about a change in the N.C. 56 Corridor Study. He said the original plan covered 6 miles from Butner to Mount Energy and would cost $250,000.

A 20 percent match of $50,000 would be split equally among Butner, Creedmoor and Granville County. Now the project has been limited to 4.5 miles, he said, and the budget has been reduced to $150,000. However, the required match would remain $50,000, meaning that the three Granville County entities’ share becomes 33 1/3 percent rather than 20 percent.

“I am here tonight simply to say let’s stick with the county transportation committee’s recommendation to do a complete study of all 6 miles,” Turner said.

He asked the board to request the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to honor what the commissioners originally approved or negotiate a reasonable reduction in the fee.

In other business, the board approved awarding a contract to the Stewart company for an amount not to exceed $189,800 for pre-construction and engineering services on the Creedmoor to Butner greenway. Stewart’s proposal was one of six received by the county.

On a 6-1 vote, commissioners adopted a resolution approving a lease agreement by the Granville County Board of Education for the purpose of acquiring Apple laptops. Mims cast the dissenting vote. Funding for the lease agreement is included in the school system’s 2014-2015 allocation.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of materials to repair the Wilton Slopes shelter that was damage by fire in May. The material will be purchased from Enwood Structures for an amount not to exceed $5,510. The expected labor cost is $3,500. Funding will come from insurance proceeds and possible restitution funds from the person responsible for the damage.

The board approved a request by the Granville County Sheriff’s Office to purchase 59 rifles through Granville Gun Works Inc. in Creedmoor. The total purchase price is less than $85,000, which will be paid with drug forfeiture money. The board also approved a request by the sheriff’s office to declare old shotguns surplus and authorized Granville Gun Works to sell the firearms, with the proceeds being returned to the county’s general fund.

In other business, commissioners:

• Reappointed John H. Glenn Jr. and Buddy Prince to the Butner Planning Board.

• Designated Chairman David Smith to be the board’s voting delegate to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ annual conference.

• Authorized the county manager to advertise a request for qualifications for an assessment and feasibility study of the county’s detention center needs.

• Declared eight county vehicles surplus and authorized the county manager to sell them through an online auction.

 

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