Butner Town Council met on Thursday, June 6 for its Regular Monthly meeting. Bill McKellar recognized the winners of the Memorial Day Essay Contest: Hailey Diamond (1st place), Luke Lowery (2nd place) and Rebecca Coor (3rd place). Hailey and Luke read their essays for the Council; Rebecca was unable to attend. Mayor Turner recognized Butner resident Margaret Bailes-Downs for winning the “Name the Newsletter” contest. Over 15 names were submitted for naming the newsletter and Council selected “Butner Bugle” at its May meeting. No public comment given.
An ordinance passed to establish a general motor vehicle use tax of $10 for vehicles registered within the corporate limits. The Town held the required public hearing in conjunction with adopting the proposed 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Budget. Some items addressed during the Town Manager’s presentation included further explaining the vehicle tax ($5 of tax per vehicle would go into the general fund and the other $5 would go towards street repairs); a cost-share with NC DOT for the new sidewalk along West Lyon Station Road as part of the realignment; roof repair/new roof for the gazebo at Gazebo Park; street resurfacing on 18th Street between C & D Streets and 27th Street between E & F Streets, plus some pothole repair; stormwater fee accumulation will be used for Town Hall up-fit and other projects; and, there were no changes in planning, zoning, or recreation fees.
Town Council opened the public hearing for REZ-19-02, for a rezoning request to rezone 2.37 acres between Gate#2 and Will Suitt Road.The Mayor allowed no comments from the public in attendance and the Council voted to continue the public hearing until its next meeting on July 11. Planning staff will host a workshop for the public to discuss the rezoning, the differences between current zoning and proposed district(s), and to answer any questions the public may have. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at 5-7PM in the Camp Butner Room at Town Hall.
Council approved the audit contract for FY2018-19 with W.L. Stark & Co. The Central Avenue sidewalk project has been closed out. Council approved a resolution to support the relocation of the NC Department of Health and Human Services Administrative Offices from Raleigh to Triangle North Granville (located outside of Oxford).
Town Manager Marrow discussed the Veterans Life Center project. He stated the roof trusses are going up and the project is expected to be completed in Spring2020. He also stated fundraising for the wings have begun. Councilmember McKellar asked if Council could go see it. Town Manager Marrow gave instructions for visiting the work site. He also discussed the renovation of the Old Fire Station building. He said they were waiting for the front bay doors to be delivered. They will do the rough-in inspections and once those are approved, the crews can start installing the sheetrock. So far, the project is ahead of schedule.
Planning & Recreation Director Ciriello discussed the suitability analysis is under way for the Comp Plan Update. The work by Stewart will be completed by the end of June. This data may be pulled in for the workshop at the end of the month. He complimented the work that was done in preparation of and at this year’s Chicken Pickin’. The Town hosted a booth in collaboration with the Clean Water Education Partnership (CWEP), of which the Town is a member, assisted by CWEP’s AmeriCorps intern Blair Frantz. More than 120 people visited the booth. The Planning Board will meet on June13 to consider three administrative text amendments.
BPS Chief Roberts stated there had been an ATV collision behind the water tower. Life Flight came to transport the victims. Torch Run t-shirts and beach towels are still available. Contact Captain Brad Knutson for more information. Chief Roberts also stated he has received many compliments from folks in town about the 701 Building and how good it is looking.
Mayor Turner: He participated in the Walk to School event with Falls Lake Academy. He met the new Executive Director at the Veterans Life Center. He attended the NC League of Municipalities in Hickory last month and had a great time. He was impressed by the great range in size of communities represented and the way the town treated the attendees. He also commented on how the downtown is being redeveloped, largely through grants and bonds. He entertained the third graders from Butner-Stem Elementary and enjoyed lunch with the County mayors. He complimented the town on two successful events, Memorial Day and Chicken Pickin’. He also spoke with the Polk Superintendent and would like to take Council on a tour of the Umstead facility. Mayor Turner invited everyone to attend the Fireworks show on July3 and mentioned that Town Hall will be closed on July 4.
Councilmember Branch: He thanked Council, Mayor and staff for all the help with BCA for the Chicken Pickin’. BCA’s next meeting will be June 20. He gave the details for Bob Cheek’s passing.
Councilmember Gooch: He echoed sentiments for Bob’s passing and thanks to town staff for its hardwork on the budget.
Councilmember Birdsong: He also mentioned Bob Cheek and shared a brief anecdote. It was Councilmember Birdsong’s turn to give the update on SGWASA: At its May meeting, the board approved the budget for the next fiscal year. The contract for the financial audit was awarded. The Quarter 2 samples – bi-products of disinfection results were outstanding. SGWASA beat OWASA (OrangeCounty). He gave kudos to Mr.Darcy and everyone in the system that keeps levels low.Interviews will begin in June for the second round in the search for the new executive director.
CouncilmemberLane:TheKerr-Tar COG continues to walk on transportation issues. He questions how the DHHS move will impact the County’s transportation network.
CouncilmemberSmoak: The TDA met last Thursday. Each municipality receives a Capital Development Grant of $25,000 for general and BAP related work.
CouncilmemberMcKellar: He gave kudos to the BCA for the Chicken Pickin’. He also thanked the town staff and Military Holiday Committee for a great Memorial Day.
Council adjourned to closed session.
Butner Public Safety held its monthly Community Watch meeting on Thursday, June 13. Sgt. Williams made a presentation on recent crimes and arrests. The public are invited to attend each month on the second Thursday at 6:00 PM. The meeting is held in the Camp Butner Room at Town Hall.
Butner Planning Board met on Thursday, June 13. The Board considered and voted to approve three administrative text amendments.
– A.19.01 proposes removing the requirement for special use permits (SUP’s) in all Gateway zoning districts and allowing the uses that currently require a SUP to be allowed by right, given possible conflict between boards based on how the ordinance is currently written and because any use located in a Gateway district is required to submit a concept plan that ultimately, is approved by Town Council;
– A.19.02 proposes removing certain uses that currently require a SUP from being located within a Gateway zoning district altogether. These uses include: crematory, cemetery, heavy equipment sales, rental or repair, parcel services, truck or freight terminal, and warehouse;
– A.19.03 proposes applying the same building materials standards required in the Central Business (CB) district to the Central Avenue Mixed-Use (CX) district. This allows redevelopment along and around Central Avenue to occur in a matter consistent to existing structures.
A public hearing will be held at the next Town Council meeting when these amendments will be up for consideration by the board (July 11).
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
The Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.