The Butner Town Council met on Thursday, July 6, 2017. July Yard of the Month Winners were announced. YOM winners received certificates and will signs placed in their yards for the month. A public hearing was held to rezone 202 Central Avenue to allow for the renovation and expansion of Butner Car Service. Without the rezoning, the business could continue to operate but not expand. The Planning Board recommended approval at its June 8, 2017 meeting. Council voted in support of the rezoning. Town Council also voted approved financing for the new Fire Truck, not exceed $300,000.
In preparation for the Camp Butner 75th Anniversary Celebration, Council approved the use of alcohol on September 22nd in conjunction with the Social and Dinner, and approved closing Central Avenue on September 23rd for the morning parade, commemorative ceremony and associated activities. Chief Roberts will work with the pharmacy and post office for customer access during the closure. Mayor Cates updated the Council on the celebration and showed the proof for the Our State Magazine advertisement. Other items mentioned were mailing sponsorship letters, mass mailing to elected officials and community organizations, tickets for Friday’s events can be purchased at Town Hall or online, and the website is up to date. A $5,000.00 Granville County Tourism Grant has been secured for out-of-county advertising. Mayor Cates purchased the first ticket (see photo). Finance Director Hiscocks and Mayor Cates met with one of the Camp Butner builders, Nello -Teer Company. Hiscocks contacted them following some research on Camp Butner. They met with Dillard Teer (age 97) and his grandson Rob Teer, who shared their experiences and hope to attend our events.
Yard of the Month Winners: Residential – Ester Evans Curtis – 615 26th Street; Commercial – Wendy’s – 1546 NC Hwy 56
Town Manager: He reported that the new floating dock and canoe launch are in place, so the NC Wildlife Resources Commission has been contacted to establish a no-wake zone around this area. Wynngate Subdivision’s street paving is scheduled for the week of July 10. A Request For Quotation (RFWQ) for the Veteran’s Life Center has been advertised with a deadline of August 9. The old flower shop across from Town Hall has been removed. Owners of the old Exxon Station have been asked to remove the building prior to the Camp Butner 75th Anniversary Celebration; however, this is still uncertain. F Street paving is delayed until a new culvert is installed. A report from Neville Engineering regarding the structural evaluation of the old Fire Station concluded that the building is in excellent condition but there are a number of items that need to be addressed if the buildings is to continue future use. All evaluations (asbestos, lead paint, structural) have been completed so Council will now have to decide how to proceed. BPS Chief: He reported that the fireworks went well. However, there was a shortage of parking. This was due to a change in the volunteer fire company handling the parking.
Michel Branch: After talking with people holding yard sales at the Gazebo, on their behalf, he suggested having a separate fee for Butner residents and non-residents. He also asked about the uneven width of the right-of-way on D Street, especially near 20th and 21st Streets. The Town Manager explained that especially with state right-of-ways, the width varies along the same street. This could be due to how the street was developed. He also addressed a question from Christene Emory about low-hanging trees in the right-of-way blocking driveways, asking Council to submit a list of the areas to him. Christene Emory: As the Town’s Granville County TDA representative, she was involved with securing the $5,000.00 TDA grant. Vickie Smoak: She suggested looking at a Granville County Recreational Grant to install playground equipment at Lake Holt. She noted that the picnic shelter is rented on most weekends and the equipment would be a great addition.
The Butner Planning Board will not meet this month.
Board of Adjustment
The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.