Oxford Board Joint Committee Meeting Jan 17, 2018



There will be a joint meeting of the Planning and Property Committees for the Oxford Board of Commissioners. They will meet on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the First Floor Training Room, City Hall, 300 Williamsboro Street.

The purpose of the meeting is to review Chapter 20 of the City of Oxford Code of Ordinances and to discuss the Armory property.

All those interested are invited to attend.

Cynthia Bowen
City Clerk
City of Oxford

Jan 2 and Jan 9 City of Oxford Board of Commissioners’ Meetings

The City of Oxford Board of Commissioners will hold an agenda meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. It will take place in the Commissioners’ Board Room at City Hall.

Oxford Commissioners will hold a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 beginning at 7 p.m. in the board room at City Hall.

At the agenda meeting on January 2, consideration will be given to adopting the franchise ordinance with Waste Industries as the second of two required adoptions.  The term of the ordinance will be January 2, 2018 until December 31, 2022.  Oxford’s present agreement for solid waste collection, transportation and disposal with Waste Industries expires December 30, 2017.  The first adoption was passed in a 6 to 2 vote during the December 12th regular board meeting.

The agenda meeting will also serve to set the proceedings for the January 9th regular meeting.

A couple of known agenda items for the January 9th regular meeting include considering acceptance of the annual financial report for FY 2016-2017 as well as considering renewal of on-call engineering contracts.

Terry Garrison NC House 32 December 2017 Update

North Carolina House Representative for District 32 Terry Garrison has written and released his latest from the NC General Assembly.  In Volume 1, Issue 5 for December 2017, Garrison and his office released the following text.

Since being sworn into office of the House of Representatives for District 32 (Vance, Warren and Granville Counties) of the North Carolina General Assembly on January 11, 2017, serving as a legislator has been a tremendous learning experience. The session was action packed with a limited time for newcomers to learn the legislative process. My 28 years of experience as a Vance County Commissioner was quite helpful with trying to adjust to this level of governance.

Serving on committees was where the real work occurred on legislative bills to be considered for approval. My committee appointments included Appropriations, Appropriations-Transportation, Education-Community College, Environment, Judiciary IV, State and Local Government I, and Legislative Redistricting. Additionally, I served on House Democratic Caucus Work Groups of County, Housing, Rural and Indian Affairs. I was also selected to serve as a vice chair of the Freshman Democratic Class.

Learning how to get a bill introduced was challenging. I did, however, manage to sponsor five bills— H372-School Calendar Flexibility, H390-Counties/Internet Infrastructure, H603-Small Farms to Healthier Schools Initiative, H638 Public School Construction & Lottery Changes, and H804 Add Additional Assistant District Attorney District 9B. Also, I co-sponsored nine bills.

During this legislative session, 1,551 bills were introduced; 214 were adopted. Governor Roy Cooper vetoed 13 bills and the General Assembly overrode all of them. Some of the most egregious bills vetoed and overridden were H100-Restore Partisan Elections for Judicial System, S68 Bipartisan Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, H239-Reduce Court of Appeals from 15 to 12, H576-Allow Aerosolization of Leachate, and 656-Electoral Freedom Act.

The legislative session this year was termed a long session because it was the year to approve and adopt the biennium budget. Approving a budget is perhaps the most important action a government can take. The NC General Assembly adopted a $23 billion biennium budget on June 28. Although the budget contained many positives, it could have provided more funding for education, particularly for K-3 grade levels to meet the legislative mandate for class size.

Legislative Redistricting remains the #1 hot button issue to be addressed for the NC General Assembly. Currently, the District 32 design contains little change. A final decision on redistricting is likely to occur in early 2018. Democrats will need to gain six seats in the House or nine seats in the Senate to prevent veto override by Republicans who currently hold super majorities in the House and Senate. Judicial Redistricting is the #2 hot button issue with final decision also likely in 2018.

It was my privilege to sponsor four youths as Legislative Pages—Ashton Murphy and Jabriel Steed of Vance County and Jordon Page and Tonia Hunter of Warren County. A Granville County high school student will be sponsored to attend the Legislative Youth Leadership Assembly in February 2018.

Several citizens within the House District 32 contacted my office during the year with questions, concerns, or requests for help with issues. I have tried to be as responsive and accommodating as possible. In particular, it has been gratifying to support various local programs, services, special occasions, and other activities where possible.

I wish to express my sincere thanks to supporters and voters for electing me as State Representative for District 32 for 2017-2018. I look forward to returning to legislative session on January 10, 2018.


— courtesy City of Oxford, NC

NOVEMBER 27, 2017

The Public Works, Water, & Infrastructure Committee for the Oxford Board of Commissioners will meet on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM. The meeting will be held in the First Floor Training Room, City Hall, 300 Williamsboro Street. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the solid waste removal proposal.

All those interested are invited to attend.

Granville and Oxford Commissioners Joint Meeting

— courtesy of Clerk to the Granville County Board of Commissioners


All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners and the City of Oxford Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Joint Meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Masonic Home, 600 College Street in the Cobb Center. General issues involving Granville County and the City of Oxford may be discussed.

Butterfield Statement on Demonstration in Durham

DURHAM, NC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement regarding the demonstration in Durham:

“There is no place for hate, bigotry, and racism in our society.  The demonstrators today are making it known loudly and clearly that the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other extremist groups are not welcome in our communities.

“The actions in Durham do not take place in a vacuum.  People of good will no longer tolerate anyone who desires to honor and celebrate a dark period of American history.  240 years of slavery in America is considered an original sin and we have long been moving toward a color blind and inclusive society.

“Through his words and actions, it is clear that President Trump either condones or is indifferent to racist behavior and policies that will turn back the clock on the progress we have made toward equality.  President Trump must forcefully and unequivocally condemn the actions of the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other extremist groups and reject their political support.

“Like Governor Cooper, I call for the immediate removal of all confederate statues and monuments that are displayed on government property, including the US Capitol.  These monuments depict a period of history that must be taught to future generations but not celebrated.”

Several Granville Commissioners/Staff attend NCACC Conference


Durham, N.C. – August 10-12, hundreds of county commissioners and staff convened in Durham, N.C. for the 110th North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Annual Conference.  Granville County participated in the conference, which is held each summer to bring together county officials from the state’s 100 counties to conduct official Association business and discuss important county issues.  The event also provides networking and educational and training opportunities for commissioners and county staff.

Chairman Tim Karan was recognized for achieving the Master’s level in the Local Elected Leader’s Academy and Commissioner Zelodis Jay was recognized for serving as a Granville County Commissioner for more than 20 years.

Commissioner Tony Cozart stated “The NCACC State Conference was a wonderful opportunity for knowledge and networking. I enjoyed the session on NC Pre-K with presenters expressing the need for quality early childhood opportunities for all children. Some communities have made plans to have universal pre-k for all children. The alarming fact is that far too many children still enter kindergarten without skills to be successful. This results in continual need for remediation which is extremely costly. In our Saturday General Session, I was able to hear from the mother of one of the shooters in the Columbine school shooting. My take-away was that she did not see any signs to alarm her that her son would do something like that. Our challenge as family, friends and the community (village) of our children is build healthy relationships and help all children realize their self-worth. It is not as easy to detect children with depression and other challenges as it was in the past.”

During the Business Session of the conference, NCACC elected Ronnie Smith, Martin County Commissioner, to serve as the Association’s next Second Vice President.  In addition, commissioners voted for Surry County Commissioner Larry Phillips to serve as President Elect and Yadkin County Commissioner Kevin Austin to serve as First Vice President.  Furthermore, Davidson County Commissioner Fred McClure became Past President.

Several counties were recognized by the Local Government Federal Credit Union and N.C. Cooperative Extension Service for establishing innovative partnerships that improve services to citizen.

In addition, NCACC honored several individuals for their achievements in support of counties.

As part of the conference, NCACC teamed up with 4-H Youth Development (a service of NC Cooperative Extension) and Boys & Girls Clubs of North Carolina to sponsor YouthVoice for the eighth consecutive year.  YouthVoice brings together youth delegates ages 14-19 and county officials to promote dialogue between current county leaders and the next generation of leaders.  It also helps educate youth delegates on the county’s role in their community and the complex art of governing.   Abby Holsomback was the Youth Representative from Granville County 4-H.

About the NCACC: The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is the official voice of all 100 counties on issues being considered by the General Assembly, Congress and federal and state agencies. The Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of advocacy, research, risk management and education and leadership training.

Granville County Elected Officials and Staff Tour Bladen County Law Enforcement Facility

Oxford, NC, June 23, 2017 – In preparation for future construction of its own law enforcement complex, Granville County elected officials and staff toured the recently constructed Bladen County, North Carolina, Law Enforcement Facility on Wednesday, June 22. The Bladen County facility, yet to be occupied, was toured by four Granville County Commissioners- Tim Karan, Sue Hinman, Zelodis Jay, and David Smith- as well as Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins, County Manager Michael Felts, Sherwood Boyd (Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy), Trent Brummitt (911 Center Manager), Jimmy Hayes (Detention Administrator), and Edward Cash (Lead Detention Shift Supervisor). Todd Davis of Moseley Architects also attended the tour.

This visit will make the third tour of a law enforcement facility by Granville County leadership, though it is the first facility that was unoccupied at the time.


About Granville County Government:

Granville County Government enhances the quality of life for the citizens of the County by providing an array of services through a responsive, effective, and efficient local government. Learn more at www.granvillecounty.org. Follow Granville County Government on Facebook @GranvilleCountyGov.

Butterfield to GOP: Time to Put Country Over Party

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to reports that President Donald Trump shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials:

“The reports that President Trump may have shared classified intelligence with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador is alarming and deeply disturbing.  This sharing of highly classified intelligence with Russian representatives is the latest in a pattern of reckless ineptitude from the White House that puts our national security and our ability to work with our allies at risk.

“Enough is enough.  This is just another incident in a long line of troubling revelations that call into question the President’s relationship with Russia.  Congressional Republicans must put country over party and join the American people in demanding answers and accountability from President Trump and his administration.  Anything less is a grave mistake that could have ramifications far beyond Mr. Trump’s presidency.”



Butterfield Statement on SCOTUS Voter ID Decision

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimous finding that the North Carolina General Assembly acted with discriminatory purpose in enactment of a 2013 Voter ID law:

“Today’s announcement is a victory against those who try to implement discriminatory voter ID laws written to suppress the vote of certain North Carolinians.

“The Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case left in place the Fourth Circuit’s well-reasoned finding that the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly acted with a discriminatory purpose in enacting its 2013 voter ID law that also included other discriminatory voting changes like limitations on early voting predominately used by African Americans.

“Today, the Supreme Court rightly refused to hear the appeal of a law that I have long said discriminates against African American voters.  I hope this is finally the end to one of the most undemocratic and disgraceful voter ID laws in the country.”