Commissioners accept joint ownership of armory

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

OXFORD — After weather caused a delay, Granville commissioners met Tuesday to accept joint ownership of the National Guard Armory in Oxford.

Sleet and freezing rain Monday caused a one-day delay of the Granville County Board of Commissioners’ regularly scheduled meeting. The commissioners met on Monday just long enough to continue the meeting until the next day. When they reconvened on Tuesday, they voted to accept partial ownership of the armory.

The facility straddles the original property line between city and county, which deeded the land to the state with the understanding it would return to them should the National Guard cease using it. It is now being offered back to the county and city. In order to receive the property, the county and the city must approve a motion stating that they are willing to receive it as is.

After Tuesday’s action by the county commissioners, a similar action is required of the Oxford Board of Commissioners. The county and the city will negotiate their respective proportions of ownership.

Soon, inmates in the Butner Federal Correctional Complex will have an opportunity for paid employment under a plan proposed by Federal Prison Industries. The commissioners heard a proposal from Robert Grieser of Federal Prison Industries to implement a work project for the inmates. Possible jobs include fabric cutters, sewing machine setters and operators, production and maintenance workers, truck and tractor drivers, and packers. Inmates’ wages will be based on prevailing wages for specific jobs, as determined by the Employment Security Commission.

“The work skills gained by offenders participating in the FPI program have been proven to enhance their ability to successfully reenter society upon their release,” Grieser stated in his letter.

The project could also create several full-time non-inmate jobs for the region, he wrote.

In response to a request from Vance-Granville Community College President Stelfanie Williams, the board approved $17,826 to be used in renovating the college’s corporate campus. In her letter of request, Williams wrote the corporate campus facility will be used primarily to train first responders and for workforce development training. County Manager Mike Felts said he understood Vance County had approved its share of the cost.

Commissioners approved a number of expenditures to prepare the Orange Street facility for occupation by the Department of Social Services, including:

• $11,909.52 for window shades, to be provided by low bidder Smart Choice Blinds of Henderson.

• $8,024.98 for waiting room seating, to be provided by Taylor Business Products, the lowest of four bidders.

• $42,802.48 for a lateral filing system, to be provided by Gregory Grier, Inc., the lowest of five bidders.

• $55,376.84 for a phone system, to be provided by CNP Technologies, the lowest of five bidders.

The board also approved the purchase of a truck for the inspector’s office at the state contract price of $16,541. Funding for the vehicle was approved in the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

The commissioners gave tentative approval to purchase information technology software and equipment from LogMein but authorized the county manager to negotiate a price lower than the $99,375 proposed by the vendor.

In response to a request from Paul Westfall, director of the Granville County Cooperative Extension Center, commissioners approved paying 30 percent of cost for a crops agent to serve both Granville and Person counties. Under the proposal, Person County will pay 30 percent, and North Carolina State University will pay 40 percent.

In another collaboration, commissioners approved an agreement with Vance County for the shared services of an environmental services director.

The commissioners made the following appointments or re-appointments:

• Granville County Human Relations Commission: Mary Cordrey.

• Granville County ABC Board: Robert T. “Rob” Williford.

• Creedmoor Planning Board Extraterritorial member: Mike Allen Jr.

• Funding Plan Advisory Committee for Aging Services: Charlotte Watson, Kathy May, Bessie Bailey, Brenda Ellis, Carolyn Moss, Carolyn Keith and David Smith.

• Granville-Vance District Board of Health: Dr. Lahoma Smith Romocki.

Commissioners went into closed session to discuss attorney-client matters, economic development, land acquisition and personnel matters. When they returned to open session, they approved a bonus of $500 for Sandy Woody, the Granville County addressing coordinator, for extra hours she spent on the census correction project.

The board also approved a proposal to roll credit for overtime animal control officers accrued into their base salaries and eliminate compensatory time for them.

 

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.