Election equipment purchase approved

Jan. 22, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

OXFORD — With an eye on the approaching election season, Granville County commissioners have made a purchase to help the process.

Commissioners approved the purchase of two Model DS200 machines from Election Systems & Software at their regular meeting Tuesday evening. The newer models will replace M100 machines.

The purchase price of $13,265 was included in the 2013-2014 budget but was brought to the board, according to policy, because the price exceeded $5,000.

The election season begins next month when the filing period opens. Some candidates have already announced intentions to run.

On the recommendation of Solid Waste Director Jason Falls, the commissioners approved a proposal from American Scale Co. to replace the concrete foundation at the Butner scales. Uneven settlement has jeopardized the structural integrity of the scale, and attempts to stabilize the foundation have not been successful.

A new foundation will be installed next to the existing scale and the scale will be moved to the new location at a cost not to exceed $19,950.

During the portion of the meeting set aside for public comments, Jean B. Blaine of 3192 Cannadys Mill Road read a statement, apparently in response to efforts by the city of Creedmoor to expand its extraterritorial jurisdiction. According to minutes of the meeting, she stated actions by Creedmoor’s city commissioners and their lack of transparency have “created an atmosphere of acrimony and antagonism.”

She asked for the county commissioners’ help to protect county residents from what she described as “overreaching encroachment.”

Allen Nelson, chairman of the Granville County ABC Board, reported on the board’s plans to purchase 1.695 acres of property at 2589 W. Lyon Station Road in Butner at a cost of $389,000. The purchase would be made using ABC Board funds.

The board plans to sell its present store building and lot at 2576 W. Lyon Station Road in Butner, although Allen said the timing is uncertain.

Nelson said a larger store would increase profits and tax revenue by offering a wider variety of products to attract customers now patronizing stores in Wake and Durham counties. The commissioners accepted the report.

Mark Craig, district engineer representing Division 5-District 2 of the N.C. Department of Transportation, presented changes to the Secondary Road Construction Program for Granville· County. House Bill 817 requires NCDOT to develop a statewide priority list for state-maintained unpaved secondary roads.

The list has not yet been established, he said, but commissioners will be notified of projects selected in Granville County. Meanwhile, active projects from the previous fiscal year’s funding will be continued.

The commissioners made the following appointments or reappointments:

• Senior Center Advisory Committee: Jean Evans.

• Vance-Granville Community College trustees: Annette Myers.

• Granville Health System trustees: Dr. Randall Byrd.

• Kerr-Tar Private Industry Council/Workforce Development Board: Hal Muetzel.

• Animal Control Advisory Committee: Sarah Gabel, Beverly Eaton and Jimmy Minor.

• Granville County Human Relations Commissioners: Robert Blackwell, Telessie McGhee, Quon Bridges, Harold Slaughter Sr., Helen Amis, Dianne M. Green, Bessye McGhee, Kathleen Prosseda, Linda Jordan and John Wimbush.

• Granville County Veterans’ Affairs Committee: Ronnie Boyd, Wilbert L. Morton, Raymond Grosskopf and Elizabeth Torres Evans.

Following a closed session, the board approved a consent order authorizing the reclassification of property located 105 Oxford Park Boulevard, which previously had been misclassified.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.