The Butner Town Council met on May 2 for its Regular Monthly Meeting. During Public Comment, Bill Cooper continued his discussion from last month about how to bring new industries to Butner. He suggested making specific contacts and connections with our industries would allow us to reach potential new employers. Mr. Cooper also suggested talking to industries about offering apprenticeship programs in conjunction with the high schools would also help attract people to our area and make our county unique. Following Public Comment, Mayor Turner read the 2019 National Day of Prayer Proclamation with this year’s team, #Love1Another. The Butner Church Council also had activities planned at Gazebo Park throughout the day.
Town Manager Marrow presented his budget message for the upcoming fiscal year. Property taxes will remain the same. Funding for capital projects included purchase of a pick-up truck for BPS, dryer for turnout gear at BPS, and miscellaneous replacement items for Parks & Recreation and Public Works. The proposed budget includes the addition of a $10 vehicle fee, which will be shared between general expenses and road improvements. A copy of the budget message and budget are available at Town Hall. A FY2019-20 Budget Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the June 6 Regular Monthly Meeting.
Council passed resolutions to close Central Avenue from D to E Street on May 27 for the Memorial Day Ceremony and on June 1 for the Chicken Pickin’. Council approved Butner Community Association (BCA)’s proposal to install 4 benches with plaques in Gazebo Park in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Chicken Pickin’. Council voted to support the transfer of the Umstead Correctional Facility property and buildings along D and 12th Street from the State of NC for $1.00. Legislators are working to have this approved by the General Assembly. Council members selected a name for the town newsletter. The contest winner will be recognized at the June 6 Council Meeting and in the summer edition of the newsletter. Construction on the Central Avenue Sidewalk Extension is complete. Renovations at the Old Fire Station are ongoing. Planning staff continue to work on updating the 2020 Comprehensive Plan, which will help lay the groundwork for future growth.
Council member McKellar asked for volunteers to serve on the Military Holiday Committee. The committee is open to everyone. Council member Smoak reported that the Granville County TDA received grant applications and the grants will be awarded in May. Council member Lane stressed the importance of the Town’s involvement with the Kerr-Tar COG because it opens doors we would not have for project funding. Council member Birdsong recognized the Families Living Violence Free (FLVF) Eleanor Roosevelt fundraiser and stated he invited BPS officers to attend because FLVF is a support organization for the police and they work hand-in-hand. Mayor Turner reminded the public to come out for the Laying of the Wreath on Memorial Day in Gazebo Park, beginning at 10:00 AM. Council member Branch announced the 25th Annual Chicken Pickin’ is June 1, with a dance on May 31. BCA’s next meeting is May 16. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact BCA president, Judy Cheek. More information can be found at www.bcaserves.org.
The Butner Planning Board will meet on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM in the Council Meeting Room at Town Hall. The Board will meet to consider an application for rezoning property on Gate #2/Will Suitt Roads.
Butner Public Safety (BPS) will hold its monthly Community Watch meeting on Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 PM in the Camp Butner Meeting Room at Town Hall. For more information, contact Sgt. Massey at (919)575-6561 x. 103 or Sgt. Williams at (919)575-6561 x.111.
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.