The Butner Town Council met on March 1, 2018. During Public Comment, Sonya Glavin with Granville County League of Women Voters, Health Care Action Team spoke about the opioid crisis and the need for state legislation to close the gap in healthcare insurance to provide appropriate mental health services, rehab and treatment. Glavin is asking local governments to contact their legislators to support HB 622 Carolina Cares, and move it out of committee for passage this session. Also during Public Comment, Robert Fountain introduced himself as a candidate for Granville County Sheriff. BPS Chief Roberts presented Lieutenant Brad Knutson with his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification certificate. The certification encompasses years of service, education and training.
At last month’s meeting, Council continued the public hearing for REZ-18-02 at the applicant’s request to March 1, 2018. The applicant requested rezoning the property from Light Industrial (LI) to Multi-Family Residential (RMF). The applicant requested rezoning a portion of the property to RMF for apartments. However, Planning Director Melissa Hodges recommended rezoning the entire tract to conform with other uses in the area. If the applicant wants to use part of the property for a use not permitted in the RMF district, then they can apply for a conditional district. Following the Planning Director’s recommendation, Council approved rezoning the entire property.
Following the county’s policy on minimum billing and refunds, a policy was adopted to set a minimum underpayment to be billed for street assessments at $2.00 and the minimum amount to be refunded for the same at $1.00. Three surplus Public Safety vehicles will be listed on GovDeals. The F Street Culvert has been replaced; resurfacing will begin soon.
Following an informational meeting by NCDOT on the West Lyon Station Road realignment, Town Manager Thomas Marrow reported that staff will work with NC DOT to incorporate the needed road construction for the Butner Gateway; and, incorporate the necessary turn lanes to prevent isolation of current businesses. The East Lyon Station Road Greenway Extension in front of Stay Online and 3 Wishes is almost fully designed. Following surveying and easement acquisition, construction is expected to begin in late spring or early summer, and last 4 months.
Residential streetlights will soon be converted to LED’s. Playground equipment at Lake Holt should be installed by mid Spring. Butner Public Safety was awarded a grant from the NC Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance Award Program to purchase fire equipment. Mayor Turner and Council all welcomed the RiceWrap Food manufacturing company and were pleased they chose Butner to grow their business. The US Postal Service will be reviewing the request to realign the zipcode boundary and will mail a survey to those affected. Mayor Turner encouraged all to complete the survey favorably. Councilmember Birdsong shared SGWASA updates: Edgar Smoak was elected a Chairman; work continues on upgrading the WTP, and mechanical equipment will be purchased to dry out sludge. Water results of by-product testing revealed low levels with no threat to causing cancer.
Butner Public Safety will hold its monthly Community Watch meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the Camp Butner Room at Town Hall.
The Butner Planning Board will not meet this month.
Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee
The Butner Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee will meet on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM. The committee will discuss the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt and other topics. The meeting will be held in the Mayor’s Conference Room in the Administrative Offices at Town Hall.
Board of Adjustment
The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.