Granville County board approves incentive for expansion

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

OXFORD — Granville County stands to gain a $5 million industry, if an incentive approved by the Board of Commissioners on Monday is effective.

The incentive is designed to encourage a company to expand its local facilities to offer a new product line.

Economic Development Director Bill Edwards said the company would invest approximately $4,980,000 and potentially employ 155 new people. The maximum cost to the county will be $149,000, which will be offset over a five-year period by new tax revenues.

Additionally, Juanita Rogers, a resident of Orange Street, said renovation of the county’s Orange Street building for use of the Department of Social Services has revitalized the area. She asked the board to place a plaque in the building to explain that it once was the site of the Orange Street Elementary School, which served African-American students.

“I ask you to not let our history be forgotten,” she said. “Make us proud. This is really a historic landmark.”

Commissioner Tony Cozart suggested County Manager Mike Felts with Rogers to come up with a proposal.

Felts presented a draft financing schedule for the Granville Central High School construction project. Commissioners scheduled a public hearing to be held during the board’s regular meeting on July 7 to receive comments on the financing plan and transfer of the school property to the county.

On Felts’ recommendation, the board approved placing four display cases in the foyer of the Granville Expo & Convention Center to be used by the Veterans Affairs Committee, tourism and economic development departments, Cooperative Extension Service and Granville County Schools to display information about their services and events.

Two remaining display cases will be placed in the county administration building.

The board considered two land development code text changes.

One amendment increases the required distance between a new major subdivision and the Camp Butner National Guard training site from one mile to five miles.

The other inserts wireless telecommunication facilities regulations into the land development code, adds notice to the Camp Butner National Guard training site when changes occur to ordinances related to telecommunication towers and windmills, changes who receives the notice and deletes the commercial communication towers definition from the land development code.

The board approved both amendments unanimously.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Approved a budget amendment to appropriate funds needed to complete the second primary election.

• Approved a recommendation by County Manager Mike Felts to transfer a position from General Services to the library system. Building and Grounds employee Francine Hart has responsibility for upkeep of the library facilities and is currently supervised by the county’s maintenance supervisor. Felts said transferring the position to the supervision of the library director would utilize the position more efficiently and effectively.

• Approved a funding plan for the 2014-2015 Home and Community Care Block Grant for Older Adults. In a memorandum, Senior Services Director Kathy May explained the grant will total $400,291 and requires a county match of $44,476, which is included in the 2013-2014 budget.

• Approved a contract with Charles Frazier Contractor LLC to replace the shingled roof at the North Granville Senior Center at a cost not to exceed $6,875. Frazier’s bid was the lowest of three bids received.

• Went into closed session to consider personnel matters and land acquisition. When they returned to open session, they approved a 3.75 percent salary increase for Felts.

The board acted on the following appointments:

• Greenway Technical Committee: Reappointed Barry Baker, John Wimbush, Ginnie Currin, Jackie Sergent, Lindsay Mize, Cheryl Hart, Terry Turner, Scottie Cornett and Michael McFadden and appointed Jessica Gladwin, Melissa Hodges and Christine Usry.

• Granville County Planning Board: Reappointed Howard M. Tyler, III and Chandler Wynne and appointed John B. Currin II.

 

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