Granville DSS facility nearly completed

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

OXFORD — The future home of the Granville County Department of Social Services is receiving final touches to prepare it for occupancy. The facility at 120 Orange Street has been under renovation for the past two years and should be finished in May.

On Monday, the Granville County Board of Commissioners approved a proposal by Sonitrol Security of the Triangle to install an access control system for the building for a price not to exceed $9,405. Sonitrol submitted the lowest of three bids received.

Commissioners also approved an agreement with Harrell Sign Company to provide signage for the facility at a price not to exceed $5,534.

At the request of the Department of Social Services, the board approved the purchase of 17 personal computers and 19 monitors from Digital Info Systems at a total cost of $17,277. This vendor submitted the lowest of three bids.

In response to a request made by Abby Holsomback at the board’s March 18 meeting with Cooperative Extension Director Paul Westfall, commissioners approved funding in the amount of $1,000 to be used to match other funds to establish a scholarship program for Granville County 4-H clubs.

Health educator Jackie Sergent presented the 2013 State of the County Health Report, which includes a statistical picture of Granville and Vance counties, trends over recent years and comparisons with state-level data. The report showed downward trends in teen pregnancy rates and child fatality rates. In contrast, the rates of chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, increased between 2004 and 2012, especially in Vance County. The report includes descriptions of several programs designed to encourage education and testing to improve health outcomes.

Commissioner Ed Mims introduced letters from Sergent, also Oxford’s mayor, and Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss suggesting commissioners consider establishing a Granville County Economic Development Commission to include representatives of municipal governing boards. In her letter, Sergent stated, “There can be no denying that economic development for each of us is a critical concern as we strive to improve the lot of our residents and jurisdictions. It seems a logical progression that we consider unifying our efforts to work on this issue together.”

The board also made the following appointments or reappointments:

• Granville County Planning Board: Elvin Mangum Jr.

• Funding Plan Advisory Committee for Aging Services: Edna Daniel.

• Granville Health System Board of Trustees: James J. Gooch.

• Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors: Commissioner David Smith.

• Greenway Technical Committee: Jo Anne Douglas.

In other business, the board:

• Approved restructuring the Animal Control Department by separating the animal control function and the shelter function and placing both under a newly established position of animal management director.

• Awarded the on-site shredding and recycling services to All Safe Records at a monthly cost of $252.

• Approved the repair of the Index of Births 1941-1967 volume in the Register of Deeds’ office at a cost of $3,345.

The board went into closed session to deal with attorney-client matters and economic development matters. When they returned to open session, they adjourned.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.