The Butner Town Council met on April 1, 2018. BPS Chief Roberts recognized Officer Cecilia Duke for receiving her Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate. The certificate is earned through training, experience and education. Chief Roberts also recognized Lt. Derrik Alston for receiving a Director Accommodation Letter from Central Regional Hospital (CRH) for his outstanding service and work. Lt. Austin primarily serves the hospital under a contract between CRH and BPS. Officer Adley Prager retired. A retirement party will be planned in the future. Chief Roberts reminded the public not to smoke when using oxygen. This has been the cause of several fires. Mayor Turner clarified that Postal Service will only conduct the residential and business survey for zip code realignment after a realignment analysis is complete. The Beautification Committee will be working on landscaping for the Welcome to Butner signs at Central Avenue and NC 56. The committee will also be working on landscaping at Butner Public Safety.
Following a public hearing, Council approved an Incentive Agreement with RiceWrap Food to help with relocation and expansion to Butner. The company will invest approximately $10,275,000.00 in up-fitting an existing building and installing production lines, and will potentially employ 300 new employees. The maximum cost of the Town-funded improvements will be up to $130,000.00, payable over three installments. RiceWrap President Richard Cronk stated he is excited to return to Granville County and become part of the Butner community. He hopes RiceWrap will be operational by August 1, 2018.
Council approved FY 2017-18 Audit Contract with W.L. Stark and Co. The Town received a $50,000 Downtown Revitalization Grant and the Town will cover the remaining cost to add sidewalks to Central Avenue, from East B to East D Streets. Rightway Construction has been contracted for this project. Since costs are expected to be under budget, Council asked staff to look into extending the sidewalk from D Street to the sidewalk at Gazebo Park. Two gazebos with picnic tables will be located near the new playground equipment at Lake Holt. This will provide a place for parents to sit while their children play as well as additional picnic facilities. Public Works will build the tables. Gravel will also be added to the parking area.
Council approved funding for sidewalks along the proposed West Lyon Station Road Realignment. NCDOT will put in the sidewalks when they realign the road in 2020. The Town will only incur a portion of the cost. Staff will pursue an agreement with NCDOT regarding the realignment. NCDOT is willing to upgrade the intersection for the new W. Lyon Station Road/NC Hwy 56 intersection to accommodate a left turn lane off NC 56 into the future Butner Gateway if the Town takes over the old portion of W. Lyon Station Road upon project completion. Constructing the turn lane while the realignment occurs will encourage development for the Butner Gateway and minimize road construction at that time.
Central Avenue will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 between D & E Streets for the annual Memorial Day Service. After being approached by several members of the public, Council approved moving its meeting time back to 7:00 PM beginning May 3, 2018. The willow tree in Gazebo Park is falling over; it will be cut down and replaced. An additional tree will also be planted toward the back of the Park where a willow was previously removed.
The Town has sent Street Assessment letters to the 220 property owners in Wynngate Subdivision. 50% responded with some payment. Those who did not respond received additional letters, a grace period, and a new deadline of April 15. Only 23% have made some type of payment. The next step would be foreclosure or some type of debt set-off.
REMINDER: The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will host a public meeting on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Camp Butner Room at Town Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to present the Proposed Plan for the Camp Butner Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDs). The public is invited to attend the public meeting to learn more about the Proposed Plan, which identifies the USACE-recommended remedial alternative to address hazards from unexploded ordnance associated with the Camp Butner FUDs. For more information: http://www.butnernc.org/event/public-meeting-usace/?instance_id=4325.
The Butner Planning Board will not meet this month.
Board of Adjustment
The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.