The Butner Town Council met on May 3, 2018. During the public comment period, Cecil Hudgins praised Butner Community Association (BCA) praised the Beautify Butner event and the amount of litter that was picked up. He inquired about who was responsible for littering fees and/or fines, asked about what can be done about littering in Butner, and asked about the cameras at the Recycle Center. Reid Daniel, Public Works Director, stated there has only been one illegal dump since the cameras were installed. Both the Mayor and BPS Chief shared that it is hard to enforce littering laws. If you see someone litter, please call Butner Public Safety (BPS). Councilmember McKellar shared that if you see someone littering and can get their license plate, time, date, and location, you can file that information on NCDOT’s website. Michael McFadden also spoke during public comment. He expressed how pleased and proud he is that the Butner-Stem Middle School Greenway looks so much better. He also thanked the Mayor and staff for their efforts and signage.
Mayor Turner read the proclamation for the 66th Annual National Day of Prayer. Finance Director reviewed the March Finance Report. Town Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, May 14th at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room about the budget. Several finance-related decisions were made including adopting two policies regarding the handling of federal funds. Council also approved a policy authorizing the Town Manager to sell surplus items valued at under $30,000.00. A report to Council will be provided once items are sold. Council approved closing D & E Streets during 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on June 2nd for the Chicken Pickin’, and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for Alive After Five on August 16th. Council also approved temporarily suspended the “No Alcohol” rule in Gazebo Park 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for the AA5 event.
Butner Public Safety Officer Adley Prager retired at the beginning of April following many years of service with BPS. Council adopted a resolution, read by Chief Roberts, to award Officer Prager his badge and service firearm.
Reports & Comments
Chief Roberts shared that a new Crime Stoppers’ sign was installed at the old station. A floodlight near the entrance will be relocated so it does not distract from the new signs. Chief Roberts stated that BPS responded to a structure fire on Wellons Drive. This fire is under investigation because it is the second fire at this location in a short time. PSO and Telecommunication recruitment is ongoing with upcoming retirements in June.
Councilmember McKellar brought up complaints he had received about the overflowing dumpsters at the Recycling Center. The Town Manager explained that Waste Industries missed a pick up during the week, so they were overflowing for the weekend. Public Works picks up litter around the dumpsters on a regular basis and informs the Town when needs to be picked up. The Town has put the job out to bid, but no other companies are interested since it is a small job. Councilmember McKellar also reminded everyone about the upcoming Memorial Day Service. Councilmember Smoak gave kudos to Public Works for landscape projects. Councilmember Birdsong gave an update from SGWASA and shared that his wife will receive a Governor’s Medallion for community service, a prestigious honor. Councilmember Branch reminded those in attendance about the upcoming Chicken Pickin’ on June 2nd. BCA’s last meeting before the event will be May 17th at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall. Councilmember Branch also thanked the Town, BPS, Reid Daniel, and other staff for the success of the Beautify Butner event. Mayor Turner attended a meeting with USDA on rural development. He also met with NCDOT and several staff members about adding stoplights on Central Avenue. He continues to work with the United States Postal Service over the service boundaries.
REMINDER: Granville County Chamber of Commerce will host a Sunrise Forum at Town Hall on Friday, May 11th at 7:45 a.m. The North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, Anthony Copeland, will be the featured speaker. Light breakfast and refreshments will be provided. RSVP required by Monday, May 7th.
The Butner Planning Board will meet on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room at Town Hall. The Board will consider two amendments to the Land Development Ordinance (LDO), one regarding microbreweries and distilleries and the other regarding parking for golf driving ranges.
Butner Public Safety will hold its monthly Community Watch meeting on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Camp Butner Room at Town Hall. BPS encourages the public to attend and learn vital information pertaining to the safety of their neighborhoods. Information such as recent arrests, crimes and safety concerns are presented to the public during each meeting.
Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee
The Butner Parks & Rec Advisory Committee will not meet this month.
Board of Adjustment
The Butner Board of Adjustment will meet on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room at Town Hall. The Board will consider an application for a solar farm.