Butner Town Council Regular Monthly Meeting
July 2, 2020 Items of Interest

  • The Butner Town Council met on July 2 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 thank you from Bill Cooper for replying to his questions about attracting businesses and industry.
  • In response to a written public comment by Lyn Bailey asking if and how the Town would enforce the Governor’s wearing of mask mandate, Mayor Turner explained that businesses are in the process of being educated on Governor Cooper’s Executive Order NO 147. Businesses can refuse entry to anyone who is not wearing a face covering. They can contact law enforcement to enforce trespassing or any other law that is being violated
  • In response to a written public comment by Patrick Howle asking if the Council has issued a permit for the discharge of firearms for target practice, entertainment or any other non-hunting activity on properties adjacent to Honey Bee Lane, east of the railroad tracks off Gate 1 road, Mayor Turner replied that the Town would look into his concern and get back with him.  On June 14, Mr. Howle reported 2.5 hours of gunfire near his home.
  • The 2020 June Financial report showed sales tax revenues were only 2.2% less than this time last year. The State average was 16% less. Considering the uncertainty of Sales Tax Revenues due to COVID-19, this was good news. Revenues remain above expenditures. 
  • Town Council approved the FY 2019-20 Audit Contract with W.L. Stark and Company
  • The Town of Butner may receive from Granville County up to $66,701 from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund.  The funds will be received on a reimbursement basis to cover the costs of COVID-19 related expenses. FEMA would reimburse 75%, the County would reimburse 25%.  The Town will be looking at qualifying supplies for the next 12 months.
  • Resurfacing on S. 18th street and N. 27th street, along with filling some potholes is complete.
  • The GFL Recycling Center dumpsters are filling quickly; with some leaving garbage as well. Collection is Thursdays.  Public Works continues to monitor the site.
  • The dumpster at D & 24th Street, adjacent to the SGAA field has been removed. They are not using the dumpster and the public is filling it to overflow. 
  • The new Butner Training Center sign has been installed. Both the flagpole and sign will be lit. 
  • Town Hall staff continues to work in two teams, alternating weeks.
  • Visitors to Town Hall are required to wear masks and will have their temperatures taken.
  • Staff is working with the American Red Cross to renew their agreement to use the Sports Arena as a shelter or other service delivery site for disaster victims.
  • A draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Umstead Project has been written. The RFP may not be advertised until fall due to a slowdown in large development projects. 
  • The public received post cards asking them to provide input on the Imagine Butner 2040 plan by visiting www.butner2040.com
  •  A tentative Open House for the project is scheduled for Sept. 10, 2020.
  • Building permit activity has been steady.
  • Butner Public Safety has hired one new employee, Dontravious Harrison, who is already sworn law enforcement and has firefighting experience. Two more applicants have been given a conditional offer. One is a Firefighter Level II and both are Granville County residents.
  • The July Community Watch meeting has been canceled.
  • Mayor Turner reminded the public to complete the 2020 Census. He previously contacted and will follow-up with Father Leon from St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church about reaching out to their members.  He also provided information to Edwardo Sosa who broadcasts with the Hispanic radio station.
  • Recent Census numbers indicate that 61% of Butner residents and 63% of Creedmoor residents have completed the survey.
  • Council Member Smoak encouraged everyone to attend the Open House for the new Granville County Law Enforcement Center scheduled for early August. She also visited the new business, Stream RV, which relocated from Henderson.  They have been busy servicing and repairing RV’s.
  • Council Member Lane reported that the NC 56/ West Lyon Station Rd. realignment project may be delayed beyond the 1 yr. estimate that was originally given.
  • Council Member Jordon reported that the Human Relations Commission is reaching out to the public, including the Hispanic Community to complete the 2020 Census. They are going door-to-door and answering questions that may prevent people from replying.  The public can be referred to the Human Relations Commission staff member, Patrice Wilkinson at the Granville County main office for additional information.
  • Council Member Gooch reported that SGWASA would be introducing project timelines based on costs and funding criteria during the July and August meetings.
  • Council Member Branch reported that BCA is meeting July 16, beginning at 7:00 PM in Town Hall. Despite COVID-19, they are working on the Christmas Parade and possible Christmas in the Park. They would still like to hold an appreciation event.


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