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Vance Commissioners Discuss Fire Trucks, Possible Board of Elections Move

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The Vance County Board of Commissioners held a regularly-scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, August 5, 2019. Vance County Manager Jordan McMillen provided WIZS a briefing on items discussed:

Fire Trucks

The Board is considering the donation of two fire trucks to fire departments in need – a 1994 model and a 1984 model that will be available if the Hicksboro Fire Department accepts the available 1994 truck.

“Regarding the fire trucks, we must provide notice and create the necessary donation documents, so the Board did not take action on formally donating either [of the vehicles]. They did declare the 1994 County truck as surplus with the intention of donating it to the Hicksboro Fire Department at the next meeting,” McMillen explained.

“The old Kerr Lake station truck is the 1984 model which Hicksboro will be giving back to the County once they take on the 1994 model. Watkins Volunteer Fire Department has now declined interest in the 1984 model, so that will still be on hand if another department needed it.”

Vance County Board of Elections

The Vance County Board of Elections has requested a move to the former Eaton Johnson Middle School building, 500 N. Beckford Drive, Henderson. According to McMillen, the Vance County Properties Committee will meet to discuss this further and “may have a larger discussion on the Henry A. Dennis Building in the future.”

“Once the Department of Social Services moves to the Eaton Johnson building, we will have some spaces come available which will afford us the opportunity to make some departmental moves should the Board decide to do so.”

Vance Co. Board of Commissioners to Hold Monthly Meeting Aug. 5

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-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Clerk to Board/Executive Asst., County of Vance

The Vance County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, August 5, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 122 Young Street, Henderson. The Invocation will be given by Pastor Carolyn Roy, Plank Chapel United Methodist Church.

Agenda items include:

1. Public Comments (for those registered to speak by 5:45 p.m. – each speaker is limited to five minutes)

2. Public Hearing – NCDOT Road Abandonment

3. Appointment – Sennica Nicholson, Board of Elections Chair – Relocation of Elections Office

4. Appointment – Lina Howe and Angela Dolanos, 4-H – What 4-H Means to Me

5. Appointment – Porcha Brooks, Tax Administrator – Untimely Exemption Application

6. Water District Board

a. Committee Report

b. Staff Report

c. Monthly Operations Report

7. Committee Reports and Recommendations

a. Technology Committee – Broadband Kickoff Meeting

b. Properties Committee – REO Property Offer & Minimum Bid Policy Amendment – Construction Plan Review – Warrenton Road Convenience Site

c. Public Safety Committee – Fire Engine Donation – Fire District Boundary Changes – Emergency Operations Plan Update

8. Finance Director’s Report

a. Surplus Property

b. Capital Project Ordinance – Eaton Johnson Renovation

9. County Attorney’s Report

a. REO Property Bid Acceptance – 803-809 N. Garnett Street – Parcel 0075 03031

b. REO Property – New Offers – 340 Davis Street – Parcel 0027 07015

10. County Manager’s Report

a. Revised Fireworks Permit – City of Henderson

b. Resolution Formalizing General Fund Loan to Water Fund

11. Consent Agenda Items

a. Budget Amendments

b. Tax Refunds and Releases

c. Monthly Reports

d. Minutes

12. Miscellaneous

a. Appointments

b. September Meeting Date

13. Closed Session

a. Personnel Matter

b. Legal Matter

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Vance Commissioners Approve County-Wide Broadband Agreement

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The Vance County Board of Commissioners has approved a multi-year incentive agreement with Open Broadband to provide high-speed wireless internet for residential and commercial customers throughout the county.

While a public hearing was held at the July 1 Commissioners’ meeting, no public comments were made.

According to Vance County Manager Jordan McMillen, Open Broadband will provide high-speed internet service at more competitive rates than current providers.

In return for the commitment of installing broadband service and select free WiFi zones, an economic development grant in the amount of $264,000 will be provided over four years ($66,000 per year) with the source of funds being appropriated from the Vance County General Fund Balance.

This incentive is being combined with a state GREAT grant totaling $344,000.

Commissioners and officials will have a kickoff meeting with Open Broadband on Monday, July 15, 2019.

Background on county-wide broadband service (information taken from July 1 meeting agenda):

Vance County participated in a regional effort with Granville and Franklin Counties to deploy broadband throughout the county and region. This work began informally in 2016 with a committee of individuals representing Vance County, Vance County Schools, Vance-Granville Community College, the City of Henderson, and the Kerr-Tar COG.

The committee developed a citizen survey which was released in late 2016, and by spring 2017 the results indicated areas of Vance County in need of high-speed internet service and/or better service. This work led to the regional initiative which brought Mighty River, LLC on board in early 2018 as a consultant.

During 2018, a regional broadband strategy was developed, additional surveys were completed in Granville and Franklin Counties, and a Request for Proposals (RFP) was released to potential internet providers.

The RFPs were released in August 2018 and a total of four companies – NC Broadband Partnership, Open Broadband, Foresite & Riverstreet – responded by the October 18, 2018, deadline.

The counties have since reviewed the proposals, narrowed the selection down to two wireless providers (NC Broadband Partnership and Open Broadband) and appropriated funding in the budget process.

The Vance County Board of Commissioners voted on July 1, 2019, to award the contract to Open Broadband.

Commissioners to Meet, Hear From Public on Economic Dev. Grant – July 1

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-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Clerk to Board/Executive Asst., County of Vance

The Vance County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, July 1, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 122 Young Street, Henderson. The Invocation will be given by Pastor Carolyn Roy, Plank Chapel United Methodist Church.

Special Recognition: ABC Composite Board to Reappoint Members and Chair to ABC Board

1. Public Comments (for those registered to speak by 5:45 p.m. – each speaker is limited to five minutes)

2. Public Hearing – Economic Development Incentive Grant

3. Water District Board

a. Staff Report

b. Monthly Operations Report

4. Finance Director’s Report

a. Surplus Property

5. County Attorney’s Report

a. REO Properties – New Offers – 803-809 N. Garnett Street – Parcel 0075 03031

– 719 N. Garnett Street – Parcel 0075 03005 (two offers)

6. County Manager’s Report

a. Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance Amendment

b. Appointment of Interim Finance Officer

c. Semi-Annual Jail Inspection Report

d. Broadband

7. Consent Agenda Items

a. Budget Transfer

b. Tax Refunds and Releases

c. Monthly Reports

8. Miscellaneous

a. Appointments

b. NCACC Voting Delegate

9. Closed Session

a. Legal Matter

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Time Change for Vance Commissioners’ Budget Work Session

-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Clerk to Board/Executive Asst., County of Vance

The Vance County Board of Commissioners will hold a budget work session on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room, 122 Young Street in Henderson.

Please note this a time change from the previously scheduled 6 p.m. meeting.

Vance Commissioners to Hear on Proposed Budget, Senior Center Relocation

-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Clerk to Board/Executive Asst., County of Vance

The Vance County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, June 3, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 122 Young Street, Henderson. The Invocation will be given by Pastor Rhonda Pulley, South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Agenda items:

1. Public Comments (for those registered to speak by 5:45 p.m. – each speaker is limited to five minutes)

2. Budget Hearing FY 2019-20 Economic Development Appropriations

3. Budget Hearing FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget

4. Water District Board

a. Public Hearing – FY 2019-2020 Water Budget

b. Monthly Operations Report

5. Committee Reports and Recommendations

a. Properties Committee – Eaton Johnson Renovation – Architect Contract, Inclusion of Senior Center

b. Public Safety Committee – Fire Contracts, Fire Association Concerns

6. Finance Director’s Report

a. Surplus Property

b. Fiscal Year-End Closeout Authorization

c. Reimbursement Resolution – New DSS and Senior Center Facility

7. County Manager’s Report

a. Fireworks Permit – City of Henderson

b. Henderson Vance Industrial Park Phase 3 – Land Swap

c. County Zoning in Middleburg Town Limits

d. Volunteer Fire Department Contracts

8. Consent Agenda Items

a. Budget Transfers

b. Tax Refunds and Releases

c. Monthly Reports

d. Minutes

9. Miscellaneous

a. Appointments

b. Voting Delegate and Alternate – NACo Annual Conference

10. Closed Session

a. Legal Matter

b. Economic Development Matter

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Proposed Vance Co. Budget Includes Increase in Fire Tax, New Deputy Positions

Vance County Manager Jordan McMillen was on Wednesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss the County’s proposed FY 2019-2020 budget.

Presented to the Vance County Board of Commissioners at their May 6 meeting, the General Fund Budget is proposed to be $48,362,611, a figure that includes all tax-supported governmental activities and represents a 0.4% increase over the current budget.

According to the 247-page proposal, the budget provides sufficient funds to improve the current level of services in several areas and addresses many of the priorities and goals established by the board of commissioners during their annual planning retreat.

In summary, the budget:

  • Includes no increase in the general fund property tax rate with a continued pattern of minimal revenue growth.
  • Includes an increase of 2.3 cents per $100 in value in the fire tax rate to provide part-time positions to the volunteer fire departments which will assist with improving response times and lowering ISO ratings.
  • Includes no increase in the solid waste household fee and includes no increase in the water usage rate while reducing the amount transferred from the general fund to cover water system debt service.
  • Improves the current level of services and maintains the county’s healthy financial condition. The general fund balance is projected to be 31.2% by the end of FY19 down from 37.8% in FY18 due to the purchase of land for economic development. The fund balance appropriated to balance the budget is $1,192,442 with a total of $500,000 expected to be spent on non-school and non-debt capital projects.
  • Addresses salary compression, retention and employee pay by funding a salary progression plan to move employees along the pay scale on a regular basis.
  • Focuses on improving rural fire protection and enhancing overall public safety. This includes providing funding for part-time positions at volunteer fire departments and the rescue squad, replacing a portion of viper radios for public safety departments, and providing staffing increases for the sheriff’s office.
  • Includes 2 new deputy sheriff positions, 1 new building codes enforcement officer Ill position, 2 new telecommunicator positions, 2 position upgrades (DSS and tax office), and 2 part-time custodian salary adjustments.
  • Prioritizes citizen health and continues working to improve the county’s substance use disorder challenges through increased funding for the health department.
  • Advances economic development opportunities for residents and businesses while supporting distance learning opportunities for students by funding initial efforts to deploy affordable wireless broadband in the county with a focus on unserved and underserved areas.
  • Includes a major investment in school capital providing $5,252,000 to Vance County Schools to support redesigns for the middle and high schools, multiple HVAC replacements, parking lot redesign and paving at the middle school, ADA upgrades, replacement of the high school boiler system, and other requested school capital needs.
  • Implements the FY20 CIP which includes renovations for a new DSS/Senior Center facility as a major debt project and several smaller pay-go (cash) funded projects from fund balance.

“I was pleased with how the budget came together this year,” said McMillen. “Going into it, we were wary of the fact that there wasn’t going to be a lot of additional revenue. We were able to maximize the County services and add some new services with very limited additional revenue growth.”

Of note, McMillen said the proposed fire tax rate increase of 2.3 cents per $100 in value will allow the County to fund two part-time positions at each volunteer fire department, a proposition that has been much-discussed in recent Board meetings and work sessions.

According to McMillen, this rate increase would amount to approximately $23 annually for the average Vance County household.

“This tax increase will help improve response times for citizens and will also allow those departments to lower their ISO (insurance) rating, which translates into real dollar savings for citizens,” explained McMillen.

McMillen also noted that he was pleased the proposed budget provides the Vance County Sheriff’s Office with two of their requested four new deputy sheriff positions.

In total, $1.9 million in additional requests were unable to be funded, according to McMillen, including a request for four new positions at the Vance County Detention Center.

Board of Commissioners will meet in work sessions at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21 to discuss and review the proposed budget.

A public hearing regarding the budget will be held at the Board’s next regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 122 Young Street, Henderson.

The final, approved version of the FY 2019-2020 budget will be effective July 1, 2019. To view the proposed budget, please visit the Vance County website at www.vancecounty.org.

To hear the Town Talk interview with Jordan McMillen in its entirety, click here.

County of Vance: FY 2019-20 Budget Presentation on Board’s May 6 Agenda

-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Clerk to Board/Executive Asst., County of Vance

The Vance County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, May 6, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 122 Young Street, Henderson. The Invocation will be given by Pastor Jennifer Sawyer, Gillburg United Methodist Church.

Agenda items:

Public Hearings

Angie Blount, County Planner – Rezoning Request – Case RZ20190214-1 Between US 1 Hwy and Edwards Road Parcel 0456 06008; Case RZ03212019-1 Bullocksville Road/Jacksontown Road Parcel 0587 03004; Case RZ03212019-2 Kittrell College Road; Parcel 0468 01016; Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments Accessory Structures; Zoning Ordinance Amendment RV/Camper Use Regulations

Public Hearing

Jordan McMillen, County Manager – Addressing Ordinance

Appointment

Porcha Brooks, Tax Administrator – Untimely Exemption Applications

Water District Board

a. Phase 3 – Change Order #1

b. Monthly Operations Report Agenda May 6, 2019

Finance Director’s Report

a. Surplus Property

b. Audit Contract for FY 2018-19

c. Capital Improvement Plan 2020-2024

County Manager’s Report

a. Award of Service Weapon and Badge

b. Demolition – County Owned Property

c. Fireworks Permit

d. Presentation of FY 2019-20 Recommended Budget

Consent Agenda Items

a. Budget Amendment and Transfers

b. Tax Refunds and Releases

c. Monthly Reports

d. Minutes

Miscellaneous

a. Appointments

Closed Session

a. Property Matter

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Vance Co. Commissioners’ Meeting: Rezoning, RVs & Former Middle School Buildings

Vance County Manager Jordan McMillen provided WIZS News with a summary of the Vance County Board of Commissioners’ meeting held on Monday, April 1, 2019. McMillen’s reported highlights from the meeting include:

“We didn’t have any public comments but did have one individual who came back from last month to voice their opinion against the discussed rezoning. Their basis was not wanting commercial activity in a traditionally residential area. The commissioners tabled this matter one additional time and requested that the applicant provide a valid survey of the area to be rezoned with the idea of keeping half of the property on the Edwards Road side as Residential and rezoning the half facing US 1 bypass as General Commercial. It appears the board is open to the rezoning once this is provided, but they have made no decisions. I would anticipate a decision on this at the May 6 board meeting if a survey is provided.”

The board set two public hearings for the May 6 meeting for potential amendments to the zoning ordinance to allow accessory structures in front yards and also one concerning RV/Camper Regulations.

“I believe the bigger one may be the RV/Camper Regulations and I could anticipate some board discussion on this next month. For the most part, the question concerns regulations vs. property owner rights. The proposed amendment would eliminate the temporary use of RV/Campers outside of RV Parks. The state already prohibits permanent living in RVs/Campers. This will most likely have an effect on someone who owns a vacant lot and brings their camper/RV for a weekend or during the summer.”

In regards to moving the Vance County Department of Social Services to the former Eaton Johnson Middle School building:

“We are continuing our negotiations with the school system and I believe this will move forward very soon. Our board did proceed last night to authorize me to negotiate a contract with Oakley, Collier Architects to get the ball rolling on this project.

Regarding Henderson Middle School, the board declined the school systems offer to provide the building to the county at a fair market or negotiated price. For the most part, our board felt it would be difficult financially to take on both Eaton Johnson and Henderson Middle School at the same time. Our commissioners did offer to assist the school system with any costs to ensure the building is added to the historical register to ensure the architectural character is maintained.”

Vance Co. Board of Commissioners to Hold Monthly Meeting – April 1

-Information courtesy Kelly H. Grissom, Clerk to Board/Executive Asst., County of Vance

The Vance County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, April 1, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 122 Young Street, Henderson. The Invocation will be given by Pastor Carolyn Roy, Plank Chapel United Methodist Church.

Agenda items include:

Recognition of Leadership Vance Participants

1. Public Comments (for those registered to speak by 5:45 p.m. – speakers are limited to five minutes)

2. Public Hearing 6:00 p.m. Planning Board Ordinance Amendment Jordan McMillen, County Manager

3. Appointment 6:15 p.m. Angie Blount, County Planner Rezoning Request – Case RZ20190214-1 Between US 1 Hwy and Edwards Road Parcel 0456 06008

4. Appointment Angie Blount, County Planner Text Amendments to Zoning Ordinance Accessory Structures

5. Appointment 6:30 p.m. Terri Hedrick, Appearance Commission Roadside Litter

6. Water District Board a. Monthly Operations Report

7. Committee Reports and Recommendations a. Planning/Environmental Committee – RV/Camper Use Regulations – Zoning Amendment b. Public Safety Committee – Addressing Ordinance c. Properties Committee – Farmer’s Market Rental Rate – Selection of Architect – DSS Relocation – Henderson Middle School – Asbestos Abatement/Demolition – County Owned Property

8. County Attorney’s Report a. REO Property – Bid Acceptance Resolutions – Lot 38 Freedom Lane – Parcel 0541D01034 – Lot 6 Big Ruin Creek Lane – Parcel 0404 03029 b. REO Property – New Offer – 435 N. Chestnut Street – Parcel 0098 07016

9. County Manager’s Report a. Fireworks Permit – Tourism b. 2020 Census c. FY19-20 Budget Update

10. Consent Agenda Items a. Budget Transfers b. Tax Refunds and Releases c. Monthly Reports d. Minutes

11. Miscellaneous a. Appointments

12. Closed Session a. Economic Development Matter

Please click here to view current and prior Board agendas.