Cycle NC to bring thousands to Granville County

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 07:20 PM

OXFORD — At Monday’s meeting of the Granville County Board of Commissioners, Susan Ball gave the board a preview of the Cycle NC event, which should bring more than two thousand tourists to the county in September.

As part of her update on activities of the Granville County Tourism Development Authority, Ball said 1,100 cyclists and 1,000 support personnel for Cycle NC will stay overnight in the county Sept. 30. They will spend the night at Hicks Field and the gymnasium, Ball said, with overflow going to some local hotels and motels.

Continuing her report, Ball said the annual Hot Sauce Contest has become a major event in North Carolina.

The board turned to business, holding a public hearing on a request to rezone four properties located along U.S. 158 East and Critcher Road east of Oxford. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the rezoning.

They also approved a request from Department of Social Services Director Lou Bechtel to contract with Hilldrup Moving and Storage to provide moving services from the department’s temporary location on Lanier Street to its new facility on West Spring Street at a cost of $16,350.

Although the Hilldrup proposal was $400 higher than the bid submitted by Storr Office Environments, Bechtel recommended accepting Hilldrup’s proposal because of the “professionally prepared bid that was clear and concise.”

The board also approved a $6,000 contract with Gregory Grier to move file storage units from Lanier Street to West Spring Street.

County Manager Mike Felts gave commissioners an update on a Department of Transportation correction of county line markers.

In other business, the board:

• Designated Felts and Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Logan as agents to process claims under Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines. Granville County was named in the state’s declaration of disaster and may be eligible for public assistance for storm-related costs.

• Approved an agreement between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Granville County for funding related to the Triangle North-Granville road design, which was awarded to Summit Consulting Engineers.

• Appointed Helen Amis to the Funding Plan Advisory Committee for Aging Services.

• Appointed Ruth Hicks to the Granville County Parks and Recreation Committee.

• Approved the audit contract with Winston Williams Creech Evans & Co. for the fiscal year 2014 audit period in the amount of $49,700.

Commissioners went into closed session to consider client-attorney and land acquisitions matters. When they returned to open session, they adjourned.

 

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