Agreement saves cost for school, city

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 04:43 PM

OXFORD — A new charter school opening in Oxford next month will pay for its sewer line from a tap for which it nor the city will have to pay.

Oxford Prep, scheduled to open Aug. 26, was formally approved for 4,000 gallons of water and sewer capacity at its location adjacent to Landis Road. The issue of payment of the tap was resolved in a former agreement for the Hunt property, where the school will be located.

Public Works Director Larry Thomas said that a number of years ago in return for an easement to run the line across Hunt property, the city had conveyed six free taps. Oxford Prep will be using one of them.

As part of the request for city water and sewer, American Charter Development had submitted a request for annexation on behalf of the school.

“This is a legal step we have to take,” said Randy Hemann, the city manager.

The board directed the city clerk to investigate the sufficiency of the petition as the next step in annexing non-contiguous property.

Bill Edwards, Granville County economic development director, reported on accomplishments of the previous quarter. He described a number of expanding properties, including a $3.3 million tobacco receiving station on U.S. 15 South to be opened by United Tobacco Company.

Other companies and agencies expanding or making other improvements are Shalag, Allpack Assembly, Revlon, Sleepy’s, Thalhimers, Air Clean Systems/CS Medical and the Employment Security Commission.

“Granville County is poised for growth,” Edwards said.

Mayor Jackie Sergent presented the yard of the month award to Jane and Woody Hall of 210 Forest Avenue.

“I went by your house today and it’s absolutely beautiful,” Sergent said.

She presented the Halls with an “Oxford green and clean” license plate, a gift certificate from Ace Hardware and a City of Oxford water bottle.

The commissioners held a public hearing on a request by Pastor Ronnie Morton to rezone the property at 201 Lewis Street from family residential to office-institutional. After the hearing was concluded, the board approved the request unanimously.

The board received a request from the Granville County Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp No. 2205, located in southern Granville County, and No. 171, located in Oxford, to use Elmwood Cemetery on Oct. 26 for a cemetery walk and sunset ceremony. The commissioners approved the request on a 5-0 vote with commissioners Calvin Harris and Betty Moseley abstaining.

Acting on a request by Granville County Schools, the commissioners voted to eliminate parking and erect “No Parking” signs on the left side of Taylor Street to provide safer entry into Mary Potter Middle School.

Hemann reported 50 applications have been received for the position of chief of police.

“It’s a very strong applicant pool,” Hemann said.

He said he hoped a decision can be made by September.

Finance Director Steve McNally provided an end of year report that showed the city came in under budget.

The board approved closing Littlejohn Street alongside Oxford Baptist Church from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 25 for Vacation Bible School.

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