Board honors long-serving county employees

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 06:37 PM

OXFORD — Granville County commissioners at their regular Monday meeting recognized longtime employees Nancy Dover and Bryant Strother for their contributions to the community.

Dover served for 24 years in food and nutrition services in the Department of Social Services. She began her career with DSS as an income maintenance caseworker and, after several promotions, became the unit’s lead income maintenance caseworker, a rank she held until retirement.

For his part, Strother served under four sheriffs during his 28 years in Granville County Sheriff’s Office. He began his career as a patrol deputy and was promoted to patrol sergeant before transferring to the detective division. He earned the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. At the time of his retirement, he held the rank of detective sergeant.

The board also held a public hearing and eventually approved an amendment to the Granville County Land Development Code proposed by the county Planning Board. It would allow institutional land uses to install an off-premises directional sign on property located within one mile of the facility. Signs could have a maximum area of 32 square feet and could be no more than six feet high. There were no public comments on the proposed amendment.

Commissioners also approved a fixed-price contract with Butler company Preferred Communications to install a new voice-over Internet protocol phone system for the Orange Street facility that will eventually house the Department of Social Services. A selection committee, headed by County Manager Mike Felts, interviewed two firms and unanimously recommended granting the contract to Preferred Communications, based on demonstrated competence and qualifications.

The board adopted a resolution designating Feb. 27, 2014, as Small Business and Industry Appreciation Day in Granville County. The purpose of the day will be “to pay tribute to businesses and industries in Granville County and to celebrate the achievements of business and industry owners and representatives that enhance the quality of life in our community,” according to the resolution.

Commissioners made the following appointments and re-appointments to the Granville County Human Relations Commission: Rev. John Gooch, Rev. Dennis Daniel and Ron Bullock.

The board received a request from the Granville County Museum to waive the tipping fee for disposing materials resulting from the museum’s renovation. To avoid setting a precedent, the board turned down the request but indicated that the amount of the fee would be added to the museum’s 2014-2015 budget.

The board went into closed session to discuss attorney-client matters and land acquisition. No action was taken in when commissioners came back into open session.

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