Butner Town Council Regular Monthly Meeting
December 5, 2019 Items of Interest
The Butner Town Council met on December 5 for their Regular Monthly meeting.
The December meeting following a municipal election (every two years) is different from all the other Regular Monthly meetings. A new Board is sworn-in. This means that newly elected or re-elected officials must take their Oath of Office before they can conduct business for their municipality. In Butner, the Mayor is elected every two years. Council Members are elected every 4 years, staggering terms, so three of our six Council seats are open every two years. The meeting begins with the same Council that was seated prior to the election and they conduct old business. Following a brief recess, the Organizational Meeting begins by swearing in the elected or re-elected Mayor and Council Members. A new Mayor Pro Tem is elected from the newly seated Council. New Business is then conducted.
Veteran’s Day Middle School Essay contest winners were acknowledged and First Place Winner Georgia Cope read her essay. Carrie Brewer won Second Place winner, and Sean Strang won Third Place. All students attend Hawley Middle School. The essays were originally read during the Nov. 11 Butner Veteran’s Day Program.
A public hearing was held and rezoning was approved for 19.67 acres off Gate #1 Rd from Mixed Residential to Multi-Family Residential to allow for more dense residential development. The applicant was C3 Design and Engineering.
Council Member Bill Birdsong was acknowledged for his tenure on Council with an engraved statue. He served on Council from 2015-2019 and did not run for re-election. He was the first Council Member elected east of I-85 and served as one of the Town’s SGWASA representatives beginning in 2017, He will continue to serve on that Board until his term expires. Council Members enjoyed working with Birdsong and expressed their gratitude for his concern and work on both the Council and the SGWASA Board.
Organizational Meeting and New Business
Terry Turner took the Oath of Office for Mayor. His term will expire in 2021
Bill McKellar, Vickie Smoak and Linda Jordon took the Oath of Office as Council Members. Their terms will expire in 2023. McKellar and Smoak were re-elected. Jordon was a previous Member and returned to Council after a two-year break.
Bill McKellar was elected as Mayor Pro Temp by unanimous vote.
Two budget amendments were approved. One accepting insurance proceeds from wrecked BPS vehicles, the other for the Town to have a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) prepared by the auditors. This report includes additional statistical information that is helpful to potential industries, provides additional transparency and will qualify the Town to receive a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting form the Government Finance Officers Association.
Council voted to support a City of Creedmoor Resolution requesting DMV to continue their monthly mobile unit for area citizens. Creedmoor was notified that DMV is going to decrease the mobile unit’s visit to twice a year.
Renovations to the Old Fire Station are almost complete. An Open House for the public will be held within the next month.
PBS Chief Champion reminded the public to be diligent in removing packages delivered to their homes; reducing the opportunity for theft.
Council complimented their newly elected and re-elected members and looked forward to working together as a cohesive Board representing all the citizens.