Town Council
The Butner Town Council met on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners were recognized by Council. The essay winners received a cash prize and certificate from the Town of Butner.  Council recognized the June Yard of the Month Winners. YOM winners received certificates and will have signs placed in their yards for the month. Don Comer with Veteran’s Leadership Council of NC-Cares gave an update on the Veterans Life Center (VLC) project. The non-profit is in good financial condition and ground is expected to break in late summer. Council adopted the FY2017-18 Budget with a General Fund budget ($7,747,045.00), Powell Bill budget ($570,000.00) and Stormwater budget ($610,424.00). The budget boasts no tax increase, reduced health insurance costs, a 1.5% cost of living increase, upgrading residential street lights to LED, new equipment, officers and vehicles for BPS, sealing and striping Town Hall’s parking lot, refresh/replacing Welcome to Butner signage, and a new roof on the Sports Arena. The Wynngate repaving project will be completed, the East Lyon Station Greenway will be extended to Three Wishes, a culvert will be replaced and the road will be repaved on F Street with money from the Stormwater and Powell Bill budgets/funds.

Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners: 1st – Christian Fields, 2nd – Victor Sloan, 3rd – Riley Touchette
Yard of the Month Winners: Residential – Brenda & Lawrence Frazier, 608 24th Street; Commercial – Choice Automotive – 2580 W. Lyon Station Road

Riley Touchette  Christian Fields  Victor Sloan

Council Comments
Michel Branch: He thanked Public Works for their help with setting up for the Chicken Pickin’ and to all those involved with the Memorial Day Ceremony. Linda Jordon: She thanked staff for their work on the budget. The Kerr-Tar COG is holding a Planning Board and Board of Adjustment workshop on June 26. Several members of Council attended a legislative update with Congressman Butterfield. Mayor Cates: She noted that in conjunction with the Beautify Butner idea, No Littering signs would be erected by the Town in high littering areas. General Dillard and Mike Mercier will be speakers for the Camp Butner 75th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony in September. Commemorative T-Shirts were sold at the Memorial Day ceremony and Chicken Pickin’ and are available at Town Hall. Nominations for Yard of the Month should contact Town Hall. She also announced that after much thought and consideration, she would not be running for re-election in November.

Planning Board
The Butner Planning Board met on Thursday, June 8, 2017. There were three items on this month’s agenda: a Central Avenue rezoning, a discussion and vote on outdoor shooting ranges, and a discussion about regulating residential play equipment in front yards. The board approved rezoning 202 Central Avenue (Butner Car Service) from Central Business (CB) to Central Avenue Mixed-Use Conditional District (CX-CD) for a significant property renovation and expansion of the existing automobile repair business. The vote of approval was unanimous. The board voted to prohibit Outdoor Shooting Ranges within the Town’s zoning jurisdiction (town limits and ETJ). This does not affect residential target practice areas on private property where discharging a firearm is permitted, hunters safety course training activities by a certified trainer, seasonal hunting activities, or governmental facilities. This vote passed unanimously. The board and staff also discussed the possible regulation of play equipment in the front yard of residential properties. The board instructed staff to do more research on this use and come up with a set of standards which would not allow play equipment in the front yard on residential properties. Staff will draft a text amendment to take to the board within the next few months.

Board of Adjustment
The Butner Board of Adjustment did not meet on Thursday, June 22, 2017. The matter was settled between legal counsel and the meeting/public hearing was cancelled.

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