The Butner Town Council met on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Council voted to approve the transfer of concessions rights at the Butner Athletic Park (BAP) from NC GameOn Sports to Randy Smith. Council appointed Barbara (Barb) Rote as Temporary Deputy Clerk. The Town Clerk, Dianne White, is retiring on March 31st. This appointment allows Ms. Rote to work with Ms. White for a few weeks before assuming the Town Clerk position on April 3rd. Council voted for a budget amendment to install four security cameras at the Town of Butner Recycling Center. Recently, there have been incidents involving people not following the rules for disposing of recyclables at the Recycling Center. Council adopted a resolution to close Central Avenue for the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29, 2017. Council approved purchasing 20+ images from a local photographer, Cecil Hudgins, for pictures primarily to be used for the Town website. AECOM was selected as consultant for the Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping project to meet the Town’s NPDES Permit requirements. AECOM is a large, experienced company with an office in Morrisville that can manage this project. They have completed many similar projects. Melissa Hodges, Recreation Director, gave a final report on results from the 2016 Parks & Recreation Survey.
Reports/Council Comments: Recreation Director Hodges added that the Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 8th at 10:00 a.m. at Gazebo Park. Councilmember Branch stated that Butner Community Association (BCA) will meet on Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. regarding the upcoming Chicken Pickin’. Councilmember Jordan requested an update on NC Hwy 56 street lights. The Town Manager responded that it had taken some time to receive a response from Duke Energy. He finally received a response the week of the Town Council meeting and hopes to move forward with this project. Ms. Jordan also stated that she had received a complaint from a citizen on 9th Street about the black birds/turkey vultures. Captain Slaughter with BPS stood up and discussed the issue the Town is having with these birds and options for homeowners to deal with them. Councilmember Emory stated she attended the Granville County Board of Commissioners Retreat with the Town Manager and was impressed with the number of activities Creedmoor and Oxford are able to provide their citizens. Councilmember McKellar commented on possibly adding street lights at Lake Holt. Mayor Cates discussed the 75th Anniversary of Camp Butner in September.
Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee
The Town of Butner Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee met on Monday, March 13, 2017. The committee discussed the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt and voted to add a time to take pictures with the Easter Bunny before the hunts began. The intention is to eventually host the event at the Butner Athletic Park so that more members of the community are able to attend. The committee was given a summary of results of the 2016 Parks & Recreation Survey by staff. Committee members requested copies of the survey results, which will be sent via e-mail. Staff gave updates on recent tournaments, new and prospective businesses in town. Committee chair Michael McFadden gave an update on the Granville County Recreation Advisory Board, which will meet on Tuesday, March 21st at 5:00 p.m. at the library in Oxford. The board submitted recommendations for funding to the Commissioners and are supposed to hear back in time for the meeting. Also, at this meeting the board will elect a new chair and discuss the County’s Recreation Master Plan update. Committee member Susan Mangum stated that SGAA has 600 kids for spring ball this year (baseball, softball and soccer). Prior to adjournment, the committee discussed how to achieve better attendance by members and how to gain better representation on the committee. The committee members also voted to move the meeting time for the next meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Planning Board will not meet this month.
Board of Adjustment
The Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.