Granville commissioners send clear message: no fracking

Oct. 22, 2013 @ 06:02 PM

OXFORD — Commissioners in Granville County went on record Monday evening in opposition to hydraulic fracturing.

The commissioners’ resolution serves intent to prevent fracking with any means available. It was approved by a 6-1 vote, with Tim Karan voting against.

In the resolution, it reads, “Granville County will use its ability, through zoning, general police actions and other powers and community services normally available to us, to protect our environment and safeguard the property rights, health, and drinking water of our citizens.”

The commissioners called on the General Assembly to continue the current moratorium.

In other business, the commissioners approved the establishment of express library service at the Stovall and Berea libraries. Karan cast the lone negative vote on the item.

Twenty lockers will be installed at each location, with installation at the Berea location contingent on approval by the Berea Volunteer Fire Department.

Patrons will be able to retrieve requested materials at their convenience using their library cards. Similar express library service was established earlier for Wilton and Oak Hill.

Equipment for the express service will be purchased from Ancom Business Products in the amount of $99,550. Installation will be accomplished by BRICO Construction, Inc., for an amount not to exceed $14,738.

The commissioners approved the construction of two cell towers to improve wireless service in the northwestern section of the county.

American Towers LLC had requested permission to build towers adjacent to Henry Huff Road on property owned by Stephen Puckett and adjacent to Alvis Brooks Road on property owned by Roy and Fannie Strickland. The original wireless carrier on the towers will be AT&T.

Each of the towers will be built to a height of 308 feet. In assessments of the proposed towers, Richard Edwards of City Scape Consultants, Inc. had questioned the need for two towers and also the need for towers over 200 feet in height.

The commissioners approved a request by Ricky Sneed Sr., recreation commissioner, for $1,000 to help construct a bathroom facility at the Stovall Community Park.

They approved amendments to the land development ordinance, as recommended by the Planning Board, and updates to the animal control ordinance.

Granville County Social Services Director Lou Bechtel provided an update on federal funding issues. He described efforts of the DSS staff to plan for funding challenges and the potential loss of services if federal funding is ended or delayed, as was the case with the recent partial shutdown of the federal government.

The board approved a request by Stormwater Utility Services Manager Henrietta Locklear to allocate $7,500 from the stormwater utility fund for the county’s share of a project to assess the results of a variety of practices to reduce nutrient loads in the Upper Neuse Basin.

The commissioners made the following appointments:

• Granville County Economic Development Advisory Board: Wilma Thornton.

• Granville County ABC Board: William “Bill” Crosby.

Kim Patterson, executive director, made a presentation on the work of Camp Oak Hill.

The commissioners viewed a video presentation developed by the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.

The board went into closed session as allowed by General Statute 143-318.11(a)(3) to discuss attorney-client matters and personnel matters.

No action was taken when the commissioners returned to open session before adjourning.

 

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.