The regular meeting of the Mayor and the Board of Commissioners was held on November 8, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Stovall Town Hall
Mayor Michael S. Williford present and presiding
Board Members Present: Commissioner Doug Lunsford, Commissioner Carl Roberts, Commissioner Ricky Sneed, Commissioner Jeff Stovall
Administrator Present: Janet C. Parrott
Police Chief Present: Craig Williams
Clerk Present: Sandra B. Williford
Call to Order: Mayor Williford called the meeting to order and began with the Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation: Commissioner Sneed spoke an opening prayer
Mayor’s Update: Mayor Williford thanked the Board for attending the Crime Stopper’s Banquet and announced that Steve Hayes got an award for Outstanding Officer for Stovall. He congratulated David Smith on his award and thanked him for 12 years of service on the Granville County Board of Commissioners. He thanked the Commissioners for attending the ribbon cutting for the new North Granville Senior Center. Mayor Williford thanked Commissioner Sneed and Commissioner Stovall, as well as the North Granville Recreation Committee, for the Halloween event at the park. He reminded the Board of Steve Hayes’ retirement dinner on November 16th. He also reminded the Board of the Budget Meeting scheduled for December 20th at 6:00 pm.
Approval of Minutes: Commissioner Roberts made a motion to accept and approve the October minutes as submitted. Commissioner Stovall seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Water Report: Commissioner Lunsford reported an 11.7 % loss for the month. He stated that Rural Water estimated a 300,000 gallon loss per month for the leaks that were found on Main St. and Taylor St. He stressed that leaks need to be repaired when they are found and not put off.
Police Report: Chief Williams gave an activity report for the month. Activity was as follows:
· 365 miles of patrol
· 4 reports
· 3 citations
Commissioner Sneed asked the Board to consider adding police officers.
Utility Management Best Practices Classes: Commissioner Lunsford summarized some of the topics that were discussed in the Utility Management classes. Administrator Parrott, Commissioner Stovall, and Clerk Sandra Williford also attended the classes.
Ditches/Drain Pipes: Commissioner Stovall informed the Board that Newton’s Fabrication had quoted a price of $525 for fabricating 2” tubing with a hook on each end to clean road pipes. The Board agreed to the price.
Planning Board Alternate: Mayor Williford stated he was appointing Sabine Stovall as the Planning Board alternate to replace Louis Daniel.
Zoning Ordinance Amendment: Mayor Williford said he had met with Attorney Lori Dutra and has an amendment to present to the Planning Board. The amendment takes out imprisonment for Zoning Ordinance violations. He explained that under NC law, a person can no longer be imprisoned for a zoning violation. The fine for violations will be $50 per day if the amendment is approved. Mayor Williford stated that several violation letters had been sent out, and reminded commissioners they are not to discuss cases with anyone, because they will serve as a panel of judges when it comes before them and will have to make decisions based on evidence and recommendations from the Planning Board.
Citizen Request: Joshua Hunter of Puckett St. addressed the Board and asked for improvements to the street. Mayor Williford said the Board will look into what could be done.
Adjournment: There being no further business, Commissioner Sneed made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Lunsford seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Michael S. Williford
Clerk Sandra B. Williford