Vance County Water and Properties Committee Meetings 1-25-18

— from Kelly Grissom, Clerk to Board/Executive Asst. Vance County

Please be informed of the following county committee meetings. They will be held in the administrative conference room.

Water Committee (Wilder, Brummitt, Taylor)

Thursday, January 25 – 3:00 p.m.

To discuss incentives for availability customers.

Properties Committee (Brummitt, Taylor, Wilder)

Thursday, January 25 – 3:30 p.m. or immediately after the water committee meeting

To discuss future social services facility.

Note: all commissioners are invited to attend.

Vance County Commissioners’ Properties Committee Meeting Tues, Jan 2

Kelly Grissom, Executive Assistant and Clerk to Board, notified local press that “the County’s Properties Committee (Brummitt, Taylor, Wilder) is scheduled to meet Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. in the administrative conference room.  Topics to be discussed include the DSS Feasibility Study, demolition of Abagayle’s Books building, and REO property offers.”

The meeting is open to all commissioners and to the public.

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.

Alderman 2nd Ward At Large Burnette Sworn In

Monday night at the Henderson City Council Meeting, three incumbent City Councilpersons were sworn in plus newly-elected City Councilman William Burnette.

Sara Coffey (Ward 1 At Large), Garry Daeke (Ward 3 Ward) and Fearldine Simmons (Ward 4 Ward) were sworn in as was Burnette.  Burnette won the Ward 2 At Large seat on October 10, 2017 vacated by Mike Inscoe.  Burnette was challenged only by a write-in campaign and earned over 96 percent of the 341 votes cast.

In a phone interview Monday afternoon, Burnette said, “I’m excited about it, a little anxious, a little excited, looking forward to it.”  He said, “You can do one of two things.  You can sit at home and complain or you can get involved and try to make a difference, so I’m trying to get involved and trying to make a difference.”

When asked what his platform is or his projects or his thoughts about where he wanted to head, he said, “There’s three things I think the whole City Council is on agreement on.  That’s jobs, drugs and violence.”

He said the City needs more tax base and something needs to be done about drugs and violence and that every city council member he’s talked to is in agreement with that.

Burnette said, “We’ve got to do something.”  When asked what can be done, he said, “Part of the problem is people are scared.  If they see something suspicious, they don’t want to call the police to come check it out.  We’ve got to get — the community has got to get involved.  We’ve got to take communities back.  We’ve got to get involved.  If we see something, we’ve got to call somebody.  We just can’t let it keep going.  It’s going to take the whole community.  The City Council and the County Commissioners can’t do it by themselves.  It’s going to take everybody getting involved to take care of drugs and violence in Vance County.”

He said, “In my opinion lack of jobs is why we have drugs and violence.  People don’t have anything to do.  They’re making money selling drugs on the street because they don’t have any jobs.”  Burnette said, “We need to build the tax base so people will have a job.”

He said Mako Medical was a good start, but we need industries to come to Vance County.  In terms of economic development incentives, he said if Vance County doesn’t do it, other counties will.

Special Called Meeting, Dec. 11th, 4 p.m.

— courtesy Vance County Government

This memorandum will serve as notice that Chairman Thomas S. Hester, Jr. has called a special meeting for Monday, December 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room, Vance County Administration Building, 122 Young Street, Henderson, NC. The purpose of the special meeting is to:

  1. Approve and authorize the chairman to execute the Golden LEAF grant agreement for Mako Medical Laboratories.
  2. Approve Budget Amendment #15 and appropriate an amount not to exceed $522,987 for the purchase of equipment to be leased to Mako Medical Laboratories pursuant to the Golden LEAF grant.
  3. Approve and authorize the chairman to execute an equipment lease with Mako Medical Laboratories pursuant to the Golden LEAF grant.
  4. Other matters as necessary.

Henderson City Council Reorganizational Meeting


Henderson City Council Reorganizational Meeting

Monday, 11 December 2017

6:00 PM

City Hall Council Chambers, 134 Rose Ave., Henderson, NC 27536


Item 10 in the agenda is for the reorganization of the council.  There will be a presentation to and remarks by outgoing Council Member Mike Inscoe.  Newly elected council members will be sworn in including William Burnette, who won election of Inscoe’s seat.  Inscoe did not file or run in October.  Incumbents Sara Coffey, Garry Daeke and Fearldine Simmons will be sworn in.

The council will then recess for a reception before calling the meeting back to order about 20 minutes later to proceed with a roll call, a pubic hearing and new business.

To review the WIZS News tabulations from the October 10, 2017 non-partisan city election, please click here.

Henderson City Council’s Land Planning Committee Meeting Dec. 6

The Henderson City Council’s Land Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room, 134 Rose Avenue. The purpose of this meeting is to consider accepting a donation of land, bids for Abagayle’s Books building, and the status of the Henderson Laundry and the First National Bank Building. The public is welcome to attend.

Public Hearing for Economic Development Incentive Expenditure

— from City Clerk, Esther J. McCrackin, City of Henderson

Mayor Ellington has requested a Special Called Meeting of the Henderson City Council for Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in Council Chambers, 135 Rose Avenue, Henderson. The purpose of this meeting is to hold a public hearing on a proposed economic development incentive expenditure to be considered for the location of a new company within the City/County.

All persons interested in this matter are invited to attend.


Vance County To Hold Special Meeting for Tuesday, November 28

— courtesy Vance County

From: Kelly H. Grissom, Clerk to the Board
Date: November 22, 2017
Re: Special Called Meeting

This memorandum will serve as notice that Chairman Dan Brummitt has called a special meeting for Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room, Vance County Administration Building, 122 Young Street, Henderson, NC. The purpose of the special meeting is to:

1. Enter into closed session to discuss an economic development matter.

2. Hold a public hearing to receive public input on a proposed economic development incentive expenditure to be considered for the location of a new company and provide a Golden Leaf Economic Catalyst Grant in the amount of $822,000 over the next ten years.

3. Hold a public hearing to receive public input on a proposed economic development incentive expenditure to be considered for the location of a new company and provide a Building Reuse Grant in the amount of $500,000 over the next five years.

4. Hold a public hearing to receive public input on a proposed economic development incentive expenditure to be considered for the location of a new company and provide an Incentive Agreement in the amount not to exceed $425,000.

5. Approve a resolution authorizing a building reuse grant in the amount of $500,000.

6. Approve a local incentive agreement in the amount not to exceed $425,000.

7. Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $250,000.

8. Other matters as necessary.

c: Chairman Dan Brummitt

Vance County Announces Dennis Jarvis, II as Economic Development Director

— courtesy Vance County Manager Jordan D. McMillen

Vance County is pleased to announce the hiring of Dennis Jarvis, II, as the Director of the Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission. He will begin in this position on November 6th.

Jarvis has a total of 18 years experience in economic development, with the last 2½ years serving as the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Altavista, Virginia. Prior to that he has had Economic Development positions in higher education, non-profit organizations, consulting, and county entities in Virginia and West Virginia. Mr. Jarvis holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Bluefield State College and a master’s degree in political science from Marshall University. He is certified in Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) and is eligible to obtain his Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification through the International Economic Development Council.

During his career he has been directly instrumental in the creation of over 800 new jobs with $62 million in new investment and $335,000 in grant funds. In addition, he has led marketing efforts, business retention initiatives, and has experience in obtaining public and private grants for community development.

Mr. Jarvis has a history of strong relationships with board members, staff, the business community, state and federal agencies, and the general public. He brings a passion for community and an energy for economic development and improving the quality of life for others. He will be a welcome addition to the county’s management team and the Vance County community.

(Press Release)