The Butner Town Council met on December 7, 2017. Council recognized the winners of this year’s Veterans Day Essay Contest: Ashelyn Dean (1st), Jocelynn Maxwell (2nd) and Greenlee Eaton (3rd). Ms. Eaton was present and read her essay to council members. All students were from GC Hawley Middle School. Based on the results of the November election, Council recognized two outgoing members, Linda Jordon and Chris Emory, and Mayor Vicky Cates. Butner Town Manager Thomas Marrow presented Ms. Emory and Ms. Jordon with award statues and Ms. Cates with her gavel and block. All three members reflected upon their service and will continue to support the community in other ways. Pictured below: Miss Eaton (top left), Mrs. Jordon (top right), Ms. Emory (bottom left), and Ms. Cates (bottom right).
Prior to reorganizing the Council and swearing in new members, Council considered old business. Two public hearings were held related to a proposed mixed-use development which could include up to 342 homes in a mix of single-family and two-unit townhouses adjacent to Wynngate and Meadows at Wynngate. The first hearing concerned an amendment to the Land Development Ordinance to amend the definition of townhomes and duplexes. No one from the public spoke. Council approved the text amendment and consistency statement.
The second hearing concerned rezoning two properties for the proposed development from Suburban Residential (RS) to Conditional District – Planned Unit Development (CD-PUD). During this hearing, Council heard from many concerned citizens from the Wynngate subdivision and residents along Gate Two Road and Hwy 15. Primary concerns about the proposed development were increased traffic in the Wynngate subdivision and two proposed entrances onto Gate Two and Hwy 15; small lot size; size of homes, property values and buffer requirements. Due to their concerns, Council voted to defer action on the rezoning until the January 4 regular session. This will allow staff and the developer to meet with citizens and address their concerns.
Council approved a budget amendment and agreement with Hagar-Smith for design services for renovating the Old Fire Station. Renovations will include asbestos abatement, remodeling and reusing the building to include a training room for Butner Public Safety, employee fitness equipment, and storage for records management. Council also approved a contract with Curtis Construction to replace the roof on the Solider’s Memorial Sports Arena.
Granville County Commissioners awarded Butner a $25,000 grant that will be used along with additional funding by the Town to purchase and install playground equipment at Lake Holt. Butner Public Safety declared the 1995 Fire Truck as surplus and will be listed on Govdeals.com with an opening bid of $15,000.00.
Council also approved a request from the Camp Butner Society to expand the Camp Butner Museum at the Sports Arena into what is known as the Boy Scouts’ Room. The additional space will allow the organization to expand as needed. The items reserved from the 75th Anniversary Celebration’s time capsule will also be kept in this new space.
Council accepted the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election Results as the last order of business prior to adjourning and seating a new Council. Pictured below: Mayor Terry Turner (top left), Mayor Pro Tem Bill McKellar (top right), Council member Jimmy Gooch (bottom left), and Council member Tom Lane (bottom right).
Mayor Terry Turner and Council members Tom Lane and Jimmy Gooch were sworn in by Granville County Magistrate Bobby Pearce. Council Member McKellar was elected as Mayor Pro Tem for the next two years and he was also sworn in by Mr. Pearce. The new mayor and council members thanked the citizens for their support and look forward to working with the Council and staff for the betterment of the community.
Council member Lane was appointed to the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments Board and to their RPO TAC Committee. Council members Gooch and Birdsong were appointed to the SGWASA Board for unexpired terms held by outgoing Mayor Cates and outgoing council member Jordon.
Staff presented a change to the Buther Athletic Park fees to increase the fee per field per day for Tournaments from $125.00 to $175.00. Council approved this item, with the new fee effective January 1, 2018. Council confirmed July 3, 2018 for the joint Fireworks show with Creedmoor. Creedmoor previously approved this date for the show.
Council member Michel Branch was unable to attend this meeting. He was re-elected during the November elections and was sworn in on Tuesday, December 5 by Mayor Cates.
The Butner Planning Board will not meet this month. The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.
Board of Adjustment
The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month. The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.
DECEMBER 14, 2017
The Town of Butner hosted its annual Senior Christmas Social. To celebrate their dedication to exercise and a healthier lifestyle, the Town hosts this event for its seniors and citizens that walk at the Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena (SMSA) in the mornings. Staff provided coffee and biscuits from Biscuitville, juice, fruit and other breakfast items like mini coffee cakes.
Butner Public Safety (BPS) is proud to announce the initiation of Operation Medicine Drop for the Town of Butner. Thanks to a collaborative effort of BPS’s SafeKids Program and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI), BPS is installing a permanent drop box that will be secured in the station’s lobby and available for public use. This medicine drop box will allow our citizens a safe place to discard their expired and unused medication. It is an important program that helps address several significant problems associated with unused and expired drugs in the home, mainly overdose and environmental concerns. BPS is committed to the safety of the Town of Butner and improving the quality of life for its citizens. For more information about this program, click here.
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, Butner Public Safety also held a dedication ceremony for the new Fire Truck. BPS Chief Danny Roberts says the truck is a “rolling tactical mad house.” Sgt. Sean Hogue mounted all of the hand tools and appliances in each compartment. All of the equipment from Old Engine #1 was moved to the new one.
Engine #1 is a 2017 Rosenbauer with Freightliner chassis with a Cummins ISL-9 400 horsepower engine and the automatic transmission is an Allison 3000EVS. The Rosenbauer N55 fire pump is a single-stage 1500 gallon per minute and has a 750 gallon water tank. The truck also has a Smart Power 15kw hydraulic generator that is able to operate 3 extrication tools simultaneously to assist in the extrication of victims that are trapped in a wrecked vehicle. Two 200 feet electrical cords are also powered by the generator. The truck has a Command Light Night electrical tower with 4 evolution LED’s capable of producing 60,000 lumens of light. If used at night, it can be almost as bright as it is during the daytime. The RSP Cascade System allows BPS to refill tanks with breathing air while on the scene of an incident. Each tank should supply up to 45 minutes of air to a firefighter. It is also equipped with a FireCom Wireless Communication System. The final cost of the truck was $474,866.