The Butner Town Council met on August 1 for their regular monthly meeting. Senator Mike Woodard presented a certified copy of the NC General Assembly bill that transferred the Umstead Correctional Property from the State to the Town. The property is bound by West D Street and 12th Street. The certified copy contains the signatures of the Presiding Officer of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Governor, and Secretary of State. Council thanked Senator Woodard for his efforts in acquiring the property. The Town previously attempted to acquire the property without success. Later in the meeting, Council voted to accept the Umstead property as stated in House Bill 757 for the cost of $1.00. A budget amendment was also passed to cover costs associated with the immediate needs for securing and maintaining the property. The property was abandoned in 2009. The new SGWASA Executive Director was introduced. Scott Schroyer comes to the position with 35 years of service in utilities and local government.
Two public hearings were held for text amendments to the Land Development Ordinance (LDO). Staff initiated the changes to clarify and further define the Butner Gateway districts. The first amendment removes Special Use Permits (SUP) from Gateway zoning districts, and changed those uses to permitted uses. The second amendment removed six uses from Gateway zoning districts completely, previously allowed by SUP. The eliminated uses were: cemetery, crematory, parcel services, warehouse, truck or freight terminal, and heavy equipment sales, rental or repair. A third public hearing was continued until October 3 to change the building material requirements in the Central Avenue Mixed Use (CX) district. Staff would like to further review the requirements for this district the potentially covers the area between the railroad tracks to the intersection of Central Avenue and C Street.
Signs designating the Town Limit and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) limits have been ordered. Staff is also working on sign designs to replace the facade on the Welcome to Butner signs on Central Avenue, B Street and C Street.
BPS Promotional Ceremony
Butner Public Safety hosted a promotional ceremony on Thursday, August 1 prior to the monthly Town Council meeting. Captain James G. Champion was officially sworn in as the new Director of Public Safety, our new Chief. The following officers were also sworn in:
– Kevin Bryant: Captain of Police Services
– Shane Massey: Lieutenant
– Tyler Currin: Sergeant
Light refreshments were served in the Gallery following the ceremony.
The Butner Planning Board will not meet this month. The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 PM in the Council Meeting Room at Town Hall. The Board will consider various amendments to the LDO.
Butner Public Safety held its monthly Community Watch meeting on Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the Camp Butner Room at Town Hall. For more information, please contact Sgt. Nick Williams at (919)575-6561 x.111 or Sgt. Kolby Ruby at (919)575-6561 x.103.
BUTNER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Butner Community Association will meet on Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00PM. The meeting will be held in the Camp Butner Room at Town Hall. For more information, contact Judy Cheek at email@example.com.
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
The Butner Board of Adjustment will not meet this month.