Town Council
The Butner Town Council met on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Central Avenue was approved for a temporary street closure on Saturday, June 3 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 2017 Chicken Pickin’ activities. Council approved a request by the Camp Butner Society to hang Major General Henry Butner’s official documents in the Camp Butner Room at Town Hall. The 13 documents include rank advancements, Distinguished Service Medal, and Croix de Guerre should be hung by July 1. The Town Manager presented the proposed FY 2017-18 budget to Council indicating no tax increase. Budgeted items of interest include paving East F Street and the streets in the Wynngate Subdivision, construction of the East Lyon Station Greenway Extension, roof replacement on the Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena, replacement of residential street lights to LED’s, the addition of four new Public Safety Officers, and two new police cars. A public hearing to receive comments on the budget was scheduled in conjunction with the June 1 regular Town Council meeting. The public can review a copy of the budget in the Office of the Town Clerk at Town Hall or here. SGWASA was granted an easement over Town-owned property for a water line along H Street. Along with the Waste Water Treatment Plant, this line will serve a portion of a Town-owned 750 acre tract and help provide more flow and pressure to the new Veterans Life Center (VLC). SGWASA Executive Director Lindsey Mize was present to explain the project. 

As the Town prepares for the 75th anniversary of Camp Butner, the Butner Community Association (BCA) agreed to assist with the event and coordinate the Friday night USO-style show and dinner. A donation was made to cover the Friday event. The Town authorized BCA and the Camp Butner Society to sell promotional items on behalf of the Town.

Council also approved the costs associated with demolishing the old florist building adjacent to Gazebo Park. The Town purchased the property a few years ago and it has been determined that the structure is in disrepair and unsafe. Due to the location of surrounding trees, burning the structure for fire training was not advised. Rightway Construction, who was the lowest of three bidders, will be in charge of the demolition.

Reports
Written reports by the Town Manager, Planning & Recreation Director and Chief of Butner Public Safety were provided in Council’s agenda packets. The Town Manager noted that the contract for the Wynngate paving project is ready to be executed and work should be complete within the next 120 days. The culvert on F Street will be replaced, followed by street paving. The Lake Holt boat dock should be in place by June 30 and the structural engineer should begin evaluating the old Fire Department building in the next few weeks.

Council Comments
Mayor Cates noted a ‘Thank You’ note from Councilmember Branch to Butner Public Safety, Planning and Public Works staff for their assistance with the Beautify Butner Day trash collection. She also provided an update on the Camp Butner 75th Anniversary planning. Artwork and design for poster and flyer is underway and a keynote speaker is being selected. Bob’s Barbeque was recognized as the Business of the Year for Granville County. It was recognized at a recent 4-county event in Henderson. She encouraged the community to submit nominations for the June, July and August Yard of the Month awards and to contact Town Hall for additional information. She also noted that a celebration will be held in November commemorating Butner’s 10 years as a municipality. Councilmember Branch stated that the last BCA meeting before the Chicken Pickin’ is May 18. Anyone interested in participating or volunteering should visit www.bcaserves.org. Councilmember Jordon acknowledged the NC League of Municipalities Spring Forum held in Durham, noting their legislative focus this year as infrastructure needs, revised tier levels for economic development, and fiscal alignment to allow for more control. Councilmember McKellar reminded the public that the Memorial Day Committee will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Planning Board
The Butner Planning Board will not meet this month.

Board of Adjustment
The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month. 

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