Board grants incentive request for new company

Feb. 06, 2013 @ 06:18 PM

OXFORD –– At their meeting on Monday evening, the Granville County Commissioners took action designed to attract a large agricultural product supplier to the county.

In a public hearing, interim Economic Development Director Bill Edwards presented an overview of a proposed new facility for a company that plans to invest approximately $3.3 million and employ four full-time workers and 12 to 15 seasonal employees. The cost to the county will be no more than $125,000, to be provided as part of an incentive. Edwards said the anticipated tax revenue generated by the company’s investment could offset the county funds within a five-year period. The board approved the incentive.

Acting to fill positions on the Veterans Affairs Committee, which had been established in their Jan. 22 meeting, the commissioners made the following appointments: 

• Commissioner Ed Mims.

• District 1: Michael Allen.

• District 2: Ronnie Boyd.

• District 3: Sally Ann Hobson.

• District 4: Wilbert L. Morton.

• District 5: Billy Williams.

• District 6: Randy Grosskopf.

• District 7: To be made later.

• Spouse of a veteran: Elizabeth Torres Evans.

• Butner-Creedmoor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10777: Robert Lane.

• Hester-Crews American Legion Post 166: Willie Wilkins.

Representatives from the Ernest F. Hart American Legion Post 90 in Oxford and the Moses S. Cash American Legion Post 161 in Creedmoor will be appointed when recommendations are received from the organizations.

In the commissioners’ meeting on Jan. 22, a number of people and organizations spoke in opposition to the creation of a separate wastewater treatment plant for Creedmoor. In Monday’s meeting, Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss discussed the city’s relationship with county government and the South Granville County Water and Sewer Authority.

He said the comment period on the proposed wastewater treatment plant will end on Feb. 13, after which the board would consider options and move in a positive direction.

The board held public hearings on requests to rezone two properties north of Oxford. The board then approved rezoning a property, located at 6523 U.S. 15 North, from Highway Business to Agricultural Residential. At the request of the real estate agent, consideration of rezoning the second property, located at 6511 U.S. 15 North, was continued until the board’s March 18 meeting.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Adopted two resolutions: Proclaimed Feb. 4, 2013, as the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and urged all citizens to become more knowledgeable about the role the war played in the nation’s history; and designated Feb. 28, 2013, as Small Business and Industry Appreciation Day in Granville County.

• Approved the purchase of two mowers: A John Deere reel mower at a cost of $24,650 to replace the current reel mower at the Granville Athletic Park; and a Hustler mower at a cost of $7,100 for the Parks & Grounds Department.

• Appointed Rev. Leroy Anderson to the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee and Ethel Anderson to the Granville County Human Relations Commission.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.