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County commissioners, planning board approve updated flood maps

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OXFORD — In a rare joint session, the Granville County Commissioners and Granville Planning Board both unanimously approved the adoption of updated flood insurance maps at an Oct. 21 meeting.

The overall measure, conducted over two back-to-back public hearings, also adopted an updated flood insurance study from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The flood plain map is being redone so that the county can have access to be consistent with FEMA and state flood map damage prevention and regulation so that the county may be eligible for federal and state disaster funding and for homeowners to maintain their flood insurance policies,” said Planning Board Chairman Michael Turner, who co-chaired the meeting with county commissioner Chairman Zelodis Jay.

County Planning Director Barry Baker presented the updated floodplain maps to the boards, which included alterations to areas such as Creedmoor’s Lake Rogers.

“Throughout the county, wherever there is an existing flood plain, it’s basically tweaking what exists. In some instances, it (the flood plain) is being reduced,” Baker said. “In other instances, there is both reduction and a little bit of change around where the rivers, streams and lakes exist.”

Acting on a question from county commissioner Sue Hinman before the vote, Baker clarified that anyone in the county can buy flood insurance with rates being higher if a property is in a recognized flood zone.

The two boards also approved a petition for an amendment to the county’s land development code pertaining to flood prevention so that the boards’ previous actions would be consistent with the new flood insurance study and insurance rate maps of the state and FEMA.

After a short recess, county commissioners reconvened in the main meeting room and approved a $110,000 incentive package for Altec Engineering and Manufacturing Inc. to aid expansion of their Butner-Creedmoor facility. The company itself is investing $2.77 million and is estimated to employ 126 new workers. The county side of funding will come from general operating funds.

In appointments, Malaikah Sandhu was re-appointed to the Granville County Tourism Development Authority. District 5 vacancies on the county’s Economic Development Advisory Board and Human Relations Commission were deferred until the board’s next meeting.

The next meeting of the Granville County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center, 4185 U.S. Highway 15 S., Oxford.