The Butner Town Council met on January 3, 2018 for its regular monthly meeting. Cecil Hudgins addressed Council during the public comment period with two questions. He asked if there had been any progress stopping vehicles from running the stop sign on Central Ave/Water Tower. Butner Public Safety (BPS) Chief Danny Roberts stated the intersection is monitored and improvement has been made, along with several other intersections. Town Manager Thomas Marrow added that several intersections have been submitted to NCDOT for a realignment study, including the Central Ave/Water Tower location. Mr. Hudgins also inquired about the responsibility for cleaning up after wrecks on I-85, noting recent debris. Chief Roberts explained how responsibilities are assigned for clean up: if BPS calls the wrecker, they ensure clean-up by the wrecking company. If BPS is not dispatched to the scene and debris remains, NCDOT is responsible. BPS recently contacted NCDOT to remove debris referenced by Mr. Hudgins.

The new Executive Director for Families Living Violence Free (FLVF) Granville County, Walter Hurst, introduced himself to Council. He reviewed who they are, what they do and how they support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Granville County. He updated Council on their activities and plans for 2019. FLVF is now present in court and offer their services.

The annual audit report for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 was presented to Council by Jacob Lemberg with W.L. Stark and Co. Lemberg complimented the Finance Department for their assistance and for a good financial year. Results produced an unmodified opinion. There were no audit findings, including the audit on the Grant funds. No material audit adjustments were proposed. Highlights from the presentation include: 1) Assets and deferred outflows of resources of the Town exceeded its liabilities and deferred inflows of resources at the close of the fiscal year by $35,508,449 (net position); 2) The government’s total net position increased by $1,151,099 primarily due to diligent cost-saving measures; 3) As of the close of the current fiscal year, the Town’s governmental funds reported combined ending fund balances of $8,524,402 with a net decrease of $308,804 in fund balance. Approximately 11.77% of this total amount ($1,003,581) is non-spendable or restricted; and, 4) At the end of the current fiscal year, unassigned fund balance for the General Fund was $6,166,565 or 87.98% of total general fund expenditures (adjusted for transfers out and installment purchases) for the fiscal year.

Mayor Turner was appointed to the Fireman’s Relief Fund, replacing previous Mayor Vicky Cates. Chan Wynne was reappointed to the Board of Adjustment (BOA) for a 3-year term. He previously served as an alternate but will now be a regular member. An arborist will evaulate the large cedar tree in front of Gazebo Park for trimming or removing. Council discussed decorating the cedar tree, decorating a new tree, purchasing an artificial tower tree and combinations of all. Council would like the evaulation by the February meeting in order to receive a discount on purchasing an artificial tree if desired. Staff will look into a problem with debris and dirt associated with home construction running out into the road. Chief Roberts replied to a Council request about celebratory gunfire in the Town. He noted that most of the Town is a safety zone and firing any weapon is prohibited. 

The Butner Planning Board met on Thursday, January 10, 2019. The Board considered and recommended approval for REZ-19-01. This application requested to rezone approximately 20 acres off Gate #1 Road for higher density residential development. The application will be presented to Town Council next month for decision.

BPS cancelled the January Community Watch meeting.

The Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee will kick off 2019 with a meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Mayor’s Conference Room at Town Hall. The committee will recap 2018 events and begin planning the Easter Egg Hunt in April. 

The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.

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