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Water quantity concerns top public comments


Granville County Commissioners from left are: Zelodis Jay, David Smith, Russ May, Sue Hinman, Tony W. Cozart, Timothy Karan andJimmy Gooch. Contributed photo

Granville County Commissioners from left are: Zelodis Jay, David Smith, Russ May, Sue Hinman, Tony W. Cozart, Timothy Karan andJimmy Gooch. Contributed photo

OXFORD — Only a few county residents made public comments during the June 6 Granville County Commissioners meeting, but the topic was the same: water quantity in southern Granville County.
Residents expressed concern that too many subdivisions are being approved for the southern end of the county — that no one is considering the availability and levels of water in those areas.
Residents asked commissioners to be mindful of this as they vote to approve subdivisions in the future.
Tim Karan, commissioner for District 6, said the Environmental Affairs Committee has established a subcommittee to further study the quantity and quality of water for these areas.
After much consideration, commissioners voted 5-2 to sell a canine from the sheriff’s office to his former handler. The three-year-old canine, is a working drug detection agent and had formed a strong bond with its handler. Some have concerns that the canine may not work as well with another handler.
It was the recommendation from the sheriff’s office that the canine be sold to the former handler for $2,500 and that money returned to the county general fund.
A new canine will be purchased from the Asset Forfeiture Funds and another handler will be assigned to that dog.
Commissioners Sue Hinman and Russ May voted against the sale of the canine.
In other action, commissioners approved:
• $500 per lot recreation fee for all future major subdivisions.
• Rezoning two parcels and three tracks on Old Highway 75 from Agricultural Residential to General Industrial District.
• Changing Tax Department printing vendor to BMS Direct.
• A grant application for Granville Athletic Park Amphitheater shade canopy. 
• Appointing Ben Mastridge to the Opioid Advisory Committee. 
• A Juvenile Crime Prevention Council funding plan and members.
• Appointments to the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board and reappointment of Adonica Hampton to Kerr Area Regional Transportation Authority.
Granville County Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 20 at the Granville County Expo Center.