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Butner Town Hall facilities are closed to the public, and we are not renting spaces for the foreseeable future. We will post once facilities reopen. Stay safe and healthy.

Butner Town Council Regular Monthly Meeting
June 4, 2020 Items of Interest

  • The Butner Town Council met on June 4 for their Regular Monthly meeting.
  • To remain committed to complying with measures to slow and prevent COVID-19, a call-in option was provided to the public through Zoom Meetings. 
  • Mayor Turner read a proclamation recognizing Bertha Meadows 100th Birthday, which was May 7. The Mayor and BPS participated in a drive-by parade in her honor, planned by her daughter, Blanche Daye.
  • During Public Comment, Sarah Spencer-Bey asked Council if anything could be done about her neighbors’ pets (cats and dogs) running loose in her yard. She can’t enjoy her back yard or let her small dog in the yard due to the problem.  She doesn’t want to go to the expense of installing a fence.  Several years ago, County Animal Control trapped 4 cats.  Butner Public Safety has also visited her neighbors.  The Town will check to see if anything can be done.
  •  Ms. Spencer-Bey also asked if her mailbox could be moved due to a rut in front of it.  The USPS has jurisdiction in this area so she was advised to contact the Post Master.  If she can’t move the mailbox, Town Manager Marrow asked her to contact us.
  • John Mao submitted a written public comment requesting the Town to reevaluate how the SGWASA members are selected. He recommended selecting members that have more experience than the current members.  The customers/residents would select the members, which is different than the current appointments that are made by member Towns.
  • Prior to adopting the FY 2020-21 Budget Ordinance (which adopts the Town’s operating budget), a public hearing was held.   No public comments were received.  Town Manager Marrow noted the following.
    • This year’s budget process was difficult. Revenues were projected conservatively.
    • The tax rate will remain at $0.365 per $100 of assessed valuation.
    • The only capital outlay to be purchased in this budget are two new police cars.
    • Construction of Town Hall will be paid off this year and the Butner Athletic Park next year.
    • A $10.00 fee was added for fingerprinting requests by non-Butner residents only. This fee is consistent with other area municipalities. 
    • No other changes were made to the Fee Schedules.
  • Resurfacing on S. 18th street and N. 27th street started on June 1. Three other small patch improvements on E Street, G and 22rd Streets, and F and Central Avenue were also included. Small gravel that allows grass to grow will be planted along the roadside. This works better than clay or topsoil because it doesn’t rut and helps preserve the edges of the roads.
  • Staff met with Duke Energy to discuss installing streetlights along East Lyon Station Rd. (from Will Suit to Hwy 56) and HWY 56 (from I-85 to approximately trailer park). This is a very detailed Lighting Plan and will require the addition of at least 20 poles.  The light bill will increase by $1,000/yr. for the additional lighting. The town would also be responsible for drilling if rock is hit while installing the poles. 
  • A sinkhole along the edge of 33rd Street, near F St. was repaired by NCDOT. After showing them a photo of the hole, NCDOT dumped two loads of rip-wrap to fill this safety hazard.
  • The summer 2020 version of the Butner Bugle was released and has generated traffic to the Imagine Butner 2040 website and surveys.
  • Please visit the site, www.butner2040.com . A link to the public opinion surveys is located on the website.
  • September 10, 2020 has been tentatively selected for an Imagine Butner 2040 Open House.
  • Staff continues to work on LDO compliance with NC Statutes and hopes to include the changes that will come about with the adoption of the Butner 2040 Plan.
  • Jessica Shelton was sworn in as a Public Safety Officer on May 27.
  • Mayor Turner reported that he signed, along with over 100 NC Mayors, a letter acknowledging the unjust murder of George Floyd, promoting peaceful protests and making every effort to fight systemic racism.
  • General comments about the Budget and budget process acknowledged staff and Council members working as a team and making sacrifices to formulate a good budget. They acknowledged the financial uncertainty that made the budget process especially difficult.  As Finance Committee Chair, Council Member Branch appreciated the Finance Committee Meetings, and Council Member’s participation.

 

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