Payment from Granville to Kerr-Tar officially approved

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 05:24 PM

OXFORD — Commissioners in Granville County have given final approval to releasing a one-time payment to the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments.

The commissioners gave conditional approval May 6, setting up a trust fund. At Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting, they gave authorization of the $50,696 pending Franklin County’s Monday decision to pay their $74,693 assessment.

Both counties approved payments.

In other business, the commissioners recognized Teresa Baker, recycling coordinator for Granville County Schools. Baker received an award for the Most Outstanding School Program in the State of North Carolina in 2013 from the N.C. Recycling Association.

Under her direction, the school system jumped from 55th to 33rd among school districts in the state in the number of pounds of material recycled.

Stelfanie Williams, president of Vance-Granville Community College, gave the commissioners a “state of the college” update. She said that during the past year the college served almost 6,000 students in degree programs and 10,000 in continuing education, 28.3 percent of whom are Granville County residents.

Williams said the college has received clean financial and academic audits and was rated in the top 10 community colleges in an energy audit.

Susan Ball, director of the Tourism Development Authority, updated the board on activities of the authority.

Chairman Edgar Smoak made a presentation to outgoing County Manager Brian Alligood, who is leaving the post to become city manager for Washington near his eastern North Carolina home.

“You have a great staff,” Alligood said. “They did a lot of things to make me look good.”

No speakers came forward when the board held a public hearing on a proposed application for a 2013 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. The commissioners voted to apply for a $10,290 grant, to be divided equally between the county and the City of Oxford.

In response to a question about the appropriateness of the vote on the budget at a previous meeting of the board, County Attorney Jim Wrenn provided model Rules of Procedures prepared by the Institute of Government for the commissioners to review. He concluded that the vote on the budget was appropriate.

In other actions, the board;

• Appointed Juanita Rogers to the Granville County Board of Adjustment.

• Adopted a one-year retention policy for records that are scheduled to be destroyed when their administrative or reference value ends.

• Amended the Storm Water Utility Budget to apply excess expenditures of approximately $17,000 in the current budget to the 2013-2014 budget.

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