Arena granted permit request
Operation of a wholesale cattle merchant business at the Granville County Livestock Arena received strong support and was granted a special use permit at Monday’s Granville County commissioners’ meeting.
Bobby Morgan made the application for the facility at 4200 Cannady Mill Road. Commissioners gave approval following a public hearing. E.B. Harris is the owner of the arena.
Approval of the request had been recommended by the planning board, which had held its own public hearing on the issue last month. At that meeting, more than a dozen residents signed up to express their support for the special use permit, emphasizing the economic benefit the change would mean for Granville County. One resident spoke in opposition.
Previously, the livestock arena had been restricted to four events per year, meaning that cattlemen had to ship their stock to distant markets at great expense to themselves.
After holding public hearings on matters related to the floodplain, the commissioners approved an amendment to the land development ordinance related to flood insurance rate maps and an amendment to the floodplain zoning overlay map.
In another public hearing, which had been continued from February, real estate agent William Adcock said the owners of property at 6511 U.S. 15 North had reconsidered their request to have the property rezoned and asked the commissioners to deny their original request for rezoning, which the commissioners did.
In other business, the board awarded a contract to the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments to administer the 2012 Community Development Block Grant Scattered Site Housing grant.
The commissioners approved a 30-year lease with the Town of Stovall that provides for the continued operation of the Senior Center at its present location in a town-owned facility at a cost of $1 per year.
The board approved an agreement with CityScape Consulting Services to provide expertise in placement, construction and modification of personal wireless facilities, with the stipulation that the company report back in six months on their efforts to expand cell phone service in the northern part of Granville County.
The commissioners voted to award a contract to H.M. Kern Corporation in an amount not to exceed $1,567,000 for interior renovation of the 120 Orange Street building to prepare the facility for the Department of Social Services. The bid by Kern was the lowest of 12 bids received and was recommended by Baxter Armistead Architecture.
The board approved the transfer of fuel trailers purchased by Granville County under a Homeland Security grant to Orange and Nash counties, as per agreement. Three trailers were purchased under the grant. Granville County will retain one.
The board also approved:
• Several items related to fees and operating hours for the county’s landfills.
• A request by the Department of Social Services to purchase 12 computers.
• Replacing the carpet in the county manager’s office.
• An extension of the contract with Tax Reduction Specialists to audit sales and use tax returns.
• A request to transfer utility easements for the Tar River Elementary School to the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority.
• A request for an easement related to South Granville Medical Center property.
Lisa Harrison, director of the Granville-Vance District Health Department, presented the 2012 State of the County Health Report.
The commissioners made the following appointments and reappointments:
• Veterans Affairs Committee: Lou Clemmer.
• ABC Board: Allen Lane.
• South Granville Memorial Gardens Board of Trustees: Eva W. Fisher, Allen Riley and Vickie Cates (alternate).
• Citizens Advisory Committee for Environmental Affairs: Frank McKay.
• Granville County Planning Board: Catherine Oakley.
The board was unable to act to fill an empty position on the board of trustees of the Granville County Library System.
The position is designated for a representative from District 3. Commissioner Dave Currin said he had been unable to find anyone who was willing to serve and made a request for someone to volunteer for the position.
Commissioner Ed Mims reported that he had met with Creedmoor city officials to discuss the possibility of locating satellite offices there for Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity and the Granville-Vance District Health Department.
After a closed session, the commissioners approved a consent order for a tax settlement with Jomar Ventures, LLC.
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