The Butner Town Council met on December 4, 2018. W.L. Stark and Company presented the annual audit report for FY2016-17 with a good report and no audit findings. Council voted to locate new playground equipment between the marina and the picnic shelter, with benches and a walkway between the picnic shelter and the playground. Council appointed two citizens to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee: Stella Cook and former Council Member Christene Emory. Council approved an agreement to codify both Butner’s General Municipal Ordinances and the Land Development Ordinances. Codifying the ordinances will organize local legislation for easy reference, modification and consistency. Once complete, the Ordinances will also be accessible and searchable from our website, with quarterly updates.
A public hearing held last month with action deferred until this meeting to rezone two properties located west of Highway 15 and north of Gate Two Road, adjacent to the existing Wynngate and Meadows at Wynngate Subdivisions due to public concerns. In December, concerned citizens had opportunities to meet with Town staff, the developer and project engineer. A representative for the Wynngate HOA stated Wynngate residents appreciated the meetings but did not want the proposed road to enter onto Shining Water Lane. The Planning Director, Ms. Hodges, spent time explaining and answering further questions about the development. Council approved the rezoning with conditions (agreed to by the developer): ensuring buffers, requiring a Traffic Impact Analysis, traffic calming requirements to help with speed and traffic on Shining Water Lane, timing construction of new entrances and recreational areas, and limiting the number of townhomes to 100.
Other update: a light was installed for the Butner Athletic Park (BAP) sign. Streetlights will shine with LEDs by the end of March. A study request to add lighting to Highway 56 was lost by NCDOT. The process will have to start over, with no additional lights expected this year. Improvements for F Street are moving along. Butner Public Safety (BPS) was awarded a grant for a mobile light tower.
Mayor Turner announced Council Member Branch as Finance Committee Chair and will include Council Members Smoak and McKellar. Council Members Birdsong and Gooch provided a report from the recent SGWASA meeting. Water quality has been in compliance the last two quarters. Funding for an engineer to begin work on an upgrade to the Water Treatment Plan was authorized and a settlement was made with the contractor involved in the Waste Water Treatment Plant project. SGWASA moved their meeting time from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM; it will remain on the second Tuesday of each month.
Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee
The Butner Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee met on Monday, January 8, 2018. Two of the three new members, Lyn Bailey and Stella Cook, were introduced. The Committee provided background on its duties and purposes. More details were discussed about the 2018 Easter Egg Hunt, which will be held on Saturday, March 24th at Butner Athletic Park (BAP). Staff facilitator, J. Gladwin, provided the Committee with project updates from planning, recreation, website, and social media. With the excitement and breadth of ideas shared about the Easter Egg Hunt, the Committee will meet on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM. The agenda will be posted to the website in advance of this meeting.
The Butner Planning Board will meet on Thursday, January 11, 2018. There are several items on the agenda including two rezonings.
Board of Adjustment
The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.