Smoak will chair commissioners in 2013

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 05:36 PM

OXFORD — At their annual organizational meeting on Monday evening, the Granville County Board of Commissioners elected Edgar Smoak to be chairman for the coming year. David T. Smith was elected vice chairman.
The board also adopted a meeting schedule for the calendar year 2013 and a list of commissioners’ assignments to boards and committees.
The board recognized Commissioner Hubert L. Gooch Jr. for his long years of service to the citizens of Granville County. Gooch decided not to run for re-election after having served two appointed terms and three elected terms.
In response to requests by the city of Creedmoor and the town of Butner and recommendations by the Recreation Advisory Committee, the board approved allocations of the recreation funding parity contained in the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget. Of the $67,613 total, one-third ($22,537) will be allocated to Creedmoor and two-thirds ($45,076) to the South Granville Athletic Association.
In their November meeting, the commissioners postponed action on a request by Granville County Schools to install security alarm systems in three schools without such systems. Assistant Superintendent Dorwin Howard was present to provide additional information. He also reported that the low bid received to install the systems was $20,202, considerably below the $45,000 estimate submitted in November.
The commissioners approved a bond order authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $20.5 million to refund the existing 2005 bonds. In November, the commissioners had approved a resolution authorizing the staff to proceed with the process. The action takes advantage of reduced interest rates and is anticipated to save the county $1.4 million.
The board approved a request from fire marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Logan to replace the existing EMS backup radio transmitter at a cost not to exceed $7,000. Funds for the request will come from 2012-2013 contingency funds.
The commissioners extended until Dec. 31, 2014, the agreement between the county and Huff Soil Conservation Services, Inc., for operation of the county’s construction and demolition landfill.
The commissioners made the following appointments or reappointments:
• Four Rivers Resource Conservation and Development: Cooperative Extension Director Paul Westfall.
• Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments Advisory Council on Aging: Alva Pettway and Sue Bryant.
In other business the board designated Commissioner Tony Cozart to serve as a voting delegate for the N.C. Association of County Commissioners legislative goals conference. The board also approved a health insurance committee to oversee the county’s self-insured health insurance program.

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