The Butner Town Council met on September 7, 2017, its first meeting at the new 6:00 p.m. start time. Council approved an amendment to the Land Development Ordinance that regulates the placement of Playground Equipment in residential areas. Playground equipment must be located to the side or rear of the principal structure and at least 5 feet from the property line(s) or set back at least 100 feet from the right-of-way. Council also approved rezoning 9.74 acres on Joe Peed Road to allow for a 50-townhome development, Applewood Townes West.
The Town will apply to Granville County for a Recreation Grant up to $25,000.00 to be used for playground equipment at Lake Holt. If awarded, the Town will allocate up to $15,000 for the project. The NC Department of Commerce awarded Butner a $50,000 revitalization grant. The Town will allocate an additional $50,000 for a proposed sidewalk on the northeast side of Central Avenue from East B Street to East D Street.
Council approved the final determination of costs for the Wynngate Subdivision paving project at $468,675.87. Wynngate residents will be assessed for half the costs, with individual property owners costs prorated by road frontage. Assessment letters will be sent to the property owners, and a public hearing will be held on October 4 to receive input. The final assessment is scheduled to be adopted on October 5, at the regular monthly Council meeting.
A Parade of Power (Tractor Parade) will be held on October 7 beginning at 1 p.m. in conjunction with the Lord Granville Agricultural Day. The parade will begin at the corner of G and 12th Streets.
Town Manager: Councilmember Branch asked the Town Manager about the status of the VLC project. Mr. Marrow stated that the low bidder was still over budget and had been asked to do “value engineering” during negotiations. Councilmember Smoak asked about the meeting with property owners on West Lyon Station Road. Mr. Marrow stated that now that the project is on the 2018 STIP and NCDOT is involved, any negotiations the Town was involved with property owner(s) are over. NCDOT will contact property owner(s) about surveying and compensation for the realignment project.
Planning & Recreation Director: The Old Exxon demolition has been moved from this week to the next week due to weather delays.
Councilmember McKellar: Invited everyone to attend Murdoch’s Farm Day on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Councilmember Smoak: Invited everyone to the Lord Granville Agricultural Heritage Association’s 11th Annual Harvest Show, October 6-8.
Councilmember Emory: Attended the last TDA meeting at which the board visited with Roxboro to find out what the city is doing in Person County. She also stated she would be helping to run the TDA booth at the Hot Sauce Festival in Oxford.
Councilmember Jordon: Thanked the Town Clerk for aiding in her attendance at the League of Municipalities Conference. She noted that at the last RPO TAC meeting NCDOT discussed the number of accidents on I-85. It is expected that reopening additional exits in late October will help decrease the number of accidents.
Councilmember Branch: Invited everyone to attend BCA’s next meeting for the 75th Anniversary on Thursday, September 14th at 7 PM.
Mayor Cates: Stated that she had been asked about rules on smoking in Gazebo Park near the playground. She said she discussed this with staff and staff would prepare a list of rules for the Park. Wynngate will hold a Walk to School event on October 4 to Falls Lake Academy. They will meet at the pool at 7:20 AM. BPS will assist with this event. The 75th Anniversary Celebration for Camp Butner will be held September 22-23. She requested parking attendants and volunteers for this event. The parade will start at the National Guard Armory at 10:00 a.m., the ceremony at Gazebo Park will begin around 11:00 a.m., Tours will begin at 12:30 p.m.; the event will also include lunch from food truck vendors, re-enactments and exhibits.
Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee
The Butner Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee met on Monday, September 11, 2017. The Community Campfire will be held on Saturday, November 4 at Lake Holt, 6:00-7:30 p.m.. Flyers will be taken to the schools and posted around town. Facilitator Gladwin gave updates from the Planning & Recreation Departments: 1) Temporary signs within the right-of-way are scheduled to be removed on Monday, Sept. 18; 2) Council approved a text amendment for regulating playground equipment in residential areas (see above in Town Council review); 3) Council approved rezoning property on Joe Peed Road for 50 townhomes (also see above); 4) West Lyon Station Road Realignment is funded for the next 5 years on NCDOT’s 2018-2027 STIP; 5) The Town is pursuing a grant from the County to install playground equipment at Lake Holt; and, 6) the East Lyon Station Road Greenway Extension project is in the 90% design phase.
Chair Mike McFadden gave an update from the County Recreation Advisory Committee. For their next meeting, they are doing a field trip to more rural areas of the county and to a park in Wake Forest. The committee’s next meeting will be held on Monday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. Facilitator Gladwin also asked for referrals for people who may be interested in filling vacant seats on the committee. The meeting adjourned at 7:02 p.m.
The Butner Planning Board met on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Unfortunately, not enough board members attended. Without a quorum, the agenda was moved to the October 12th meeting.
Board of Adjustment
The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.