The Butner Town Council met on Thursday, August 3, 2017. August Yard of the Month Winners were announced. YOM winners received certificates and will have signs placed in their yards for the month. The Tar Heel Traveler, Scott Mason, interviewed members of the Camp Butner Society on July 19th and WRAL aired the program, which included an introduction about the Camp Butner 75th Anniversary Celebration, on August 3rd. A representative for Rolling Thunder, Joe Allison, spoke about a benefit motorcycle ride for the Missing Man Project on August 19 which will include a stop in Butner. Rolling Thunder will hold a ceremony in Gazebo Park around noon and place a Missing Man display at Town Hall. 100 motorcyclists are expected to roll through Town. A member of the Camp Butner 75th Anniversary Committee, Bill Cheek, updated the Council on plans for the parade. He estimates having 50 vintage military vehicles in the parade. The committee is also planning 2 reenactment camps. To offset some expenses for the 60 volunteers, Council authorized a $5,000.00 budget amendment.
A draft of the Granville County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) Update was presented with final action anticipated this fall. Besides the County and its municipalities, other stakeholders include NCDOT, Kerr-Tar RPO and Capital Area MPO. The CTP identifies long-term and short-term goals, and provides direction and priorities for funding projects. Information was presented to Council on the proposed East Lyon Station Greenway Extension. A public information session was held prior to the meeting. The extension will add approximately 2,200 feet of greenway along East Lyon Station Road, across the frontage of Stay Online and 3 Wishes. Easements for the project should be acquired this fall.
A public hearing was held and Council approved a text amendment to the Butner Land Development Ordinance to prohibit outdoor shooting ranges within the Town’s zoning jurisdiction (Town limits and ETJ). Council approved a request from the South Granville Rotary Club to construct a “Little Library” at Gazebo Park. The project is part of the Club’s interest in promoting literacy and education. The Rotary will stock and maintain the Library. The public can borrow, exchange or donate to the library.
Council approved moving forward on abatement of asbestos and lead paint at the Old Fire Station. The building will eventually be remodeled with the exterior remaining as close to its historical appearance as possible as it was part of the original Camp Butner site. Butner Public Safety will close the building. The Town is planning to update residential streetlights with LED’s and approved the use of 3000 Kelvin LED’s based on recommendations from Duke Energy. Butner will be the first community in the state to use these LED’s for replacement lighting. Once the project begins, it will take 60-90 days. A survey for street lighting along Hwy 56 by NCDOT should be finished this fall. Another item of interest is the installation of stormwater retention ponds at Exit 191 by NCDOT to comply with the Falls Lake Stormwater Rules. Council also approved changing the monthly meeting time from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning September 7th.
Yard of the Month Winners
Residential – Rose Latta, 202 West E Street
Commercial – Altec, 1550 Aerial Avenue
Councilmember Branch: He invited everyone to attend the next BCA meeting on Thursday, August 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Camp Butner Meeting Room at Town Hall. They will discuss the 75th Anniversary Celebration and upcoming Christmas events.
Mayor Cates: She complimented the anniversary committee, BCA and town staff for their efforts to organize and promote the 75th Anniversary Celebration. As of Monday July 31st, over 200 tickets had been sold for the dinner and social event on Friday, September 22nd.
Town Manager: He reported that the Wynngate Subdivision road maintenance project is complete, except for a punch list of items to be corrected. The project should come within budget. According to Davis Martin & Powell (DMP), F Street may be ready for bid around Labor Day. The street design is complete, but the culvert is being reviewed for environmental permits, etc. Bids for the VLC project are due Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
BPS Chief: The new fire engine should be shipped to North Carolina around the beginning of August and delivered to C.W. Williams, who will complete the decals and equipment mounting of the truck. BPS responded to 7 notable fire incidents (2 with fatalities) , 5 motor vehicle collisions and 12 fire alarm activations. A new part time custodian began work in July. Conditional job officers have been made for 5 PSO candidates. The next Community Watch meeting is August 10th at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall.
Planning & Recreation Director: The stormwater mapping project is still underway. Our consultant, AECOM, is continuing to survey the Town owned and maintained streets, as well as Central Avenue. The Town plans to submit a grant application to the County for recreation equipment at Lake Holt. The maximum grant amount is $25,000.00 so staff will probably ask Council for some matching funds. The Old Exxon is in the process of acquiring permits from the state for the removal of hazardous materials. Waffle House expects to begin construction of their building in October. Stormwater and site plan permits were issued in February.
The Butner Planning Board met on Thursday, August 10th to consider a rezoning request and proposed text amendment to the Land Development Ordinance. Summit Design and Engineering Services requested rezoning approximately 9 acres on WB Clark Road for the development of 50 townhomes, Applewood Townes West, from Suburban Residential (RS) to Residential Multi-Family Conditional District (RMF-CD). The property is located at 1509 WB Clark Road. The Board voted unanimously to approve this request.
The Board also considered a text amendment by staff to regulate the placement of playground equipment as an accessory use or structure, specifically in residential districts. The Board voted 3-2 to approve the amendment.
The rezoning request and proposed amendment will be presented to Town Council for final decision at their meeting on September 7 at 6:00 p.m.
The next Planning Board Meeting will be Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room at Town Hall.
Board of Adjustment
The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.