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Creedmoor commissioners approve recreation agreement with county

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CREEDMOOR — In a 3-2 vote on Monday the Creedmoor Board of Commissioners approved an interlocal agreement between the city and Granville County involving recreation on the city-owned property at 3215 Cannady Mill Road.

The agreement is a joint undertaking that would see the city contribute the land itself as opposed to leasing the land to the county, with the agreement being for a term of 20 years. The agreement would be extended for two additional 20-year terms unless either the city or county terminates the agreement for at least one year in advance of a renewal. The county would be solely responsible for financing and facilities of any recreation project on the land.

“Either party can terminate the agreement for cause,” city attorney T.C. Morphis said. “Meaning if wither the city or county hasn’t lived up to the agreement.”

Morphis clarified after a question from city commissioner Neena Nowell that the agreement could be subject to such action within the initial 20-year period. Any liability for the property would be the responsibility of the county as the agreement is written.

Commissioners Herman Wilkerson, Archer Wilkins and Ernie Anderson voted for the agreement as written and Nowell and Del Mims voted against it.

“Don’t misunderstand. I’m not opposed to recreation or an agreement with the county,” Mims said. “As I see it, there was a choice between going with the inter-local agreement between the two parties or a lease. And a lease was not taken into consideration because of legalities.” Morphis said that a lease of more than 10 years would involve a nominal amount and a process of selling property that could be open to the public after such a time.

Mims also expressed concerns over any recourse the town may have if the county chooses to not develop the property within a 10-20 year timeframe.

Mims and Nowell put forward a motion to table the proposed agreement which failed 3-2 before the final vote to approve the agreement. The matter will be taken before the Granville County Commissioners at a future meeting.

The Creedmoor board also approved a request for NCDOT to reduce the posted speed limit on NC-56 from 45 mph to 35 mph between the intersection of Sam Moss-Hayes Road/Hayes Road and the 100-foot-wide CP&L Utility Easement west of Robertson Creek. The request comes due to the areas sloped terrain with poor sight distances, blind curves and other conditions that may nor be clearly visible to motorists unfamiliar with that section of road.

The next meeting of the Creedmoor Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at Creedmoor City Hall, 111 Masonic St.