Butner Town Council Regular Monthly Meeting
September 3, 2020 Items of Interest
- The Butner Town Council met on September 3 for their Regular Monthly meeting.
- The Finance Director reported that overall revenues are steady. Considering COVID-19 and compared to other communities, we are doing well. Property tax revenues are down 1.4% and sales tax is down 5%.
- Forty-two Wynngate Street assessments are outstanding. Nineteen owe less than $50, one delinquent assessment should be paid by September 30 and one is in foreclosure.
- Council moved forward with installing streetlights along East Lyon Station Rd. (from Will Suit to Hwy 56) and HWY 56(heading east from I-85 to the Corporate Limits) by authorizing the Town Manager and Town Attorney to finalize and execute the a contract with Duke Energy. Seventy-two LED lights will be installed on new or existing poles. An additional $12,000 is estimated in electric costs. Council also approved a budget amendment for $26,000 to cover costs associated with hitting rock during pole installation and the increase in electric for the project through the end of the fiscal year (June 30). NCDOT sets the schedule. Pole placement should begin within the next 6 months. No work will be done during the holiday season to avoid traffic congestion. To accommodate future holiday lighting needs (decorations), electric boxes could be installed on some of the poles during this project.
- Council amended the Butner Code of Ordinances, Chapter 30, State of Emergency, to comply with recently enacted legislation. The amended ordinance further defines road closures within an emergency area and requires the Town to notify NCDOT. Emergency Declarations must now be filed with the NC Department of Public Safety WebEOC and posited on the Town website before prohibitions and restrictions can take effect.
- Town Manager Marrow reported that under Governor Cooper’s 2.5 plan, playgrounds can open and larger groups can gather (25 inside, 50 outside). The Town will open the playgrounds and possibly allow travel teams to practice at the Butner Athletic Park once they have been thoroughly cleaned, and sanitizing stations and signs installed. Supplies are on order and should arrive soon. No tournaments will be scheduled at the BAP. The Soldier Memorial Sport Arena (SMSA) will continue to be open only for morning walkers and National Guard training. Once there is a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases, then the SMSA will reopen for other activities. Town Hall and BPS will also be equipped with hand sanitizing stations and appropriate signs.
- For year-ending June 30, annual recycling was down 12.82 tons from last year. There was no definitive reason for the reduction.
- The Imagine Butner 2040 Open House is scheduled for Sept. 10 from 9 am – 7 pm. The public is encouraged to provide input on future development in Butner. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed
- Census Updates: Along with several members from the Hispanic Community, a 2020 Census site/workshop is being planned. Date to be announced. Census Takers are going door-to-door through Sept. 30 to encourage people to complete their surveys. To date, 67% of Butner residents have completed the survey. The state average is 61%.
- Nugget Furniture is moving into the old Sleepeezee building. They are a Hillsborough company who produces children’s furniture. They are one of the fastest growing US manufacturing companies. They hope to employ 50 people by year-end at this location.
- The Habitat for Humanity House was put on hold due to COVID-19. The port-a-john will be removed. They are in the process of replacing stolen tools from the tool shed.
- BCA is working with Public Works Director Daniel on placing benches in Gazebo Park in memory of BCPA members.
- The Town will look into modifying the Butner Training Center Sign to make it more readable. The sun is reflecting off the letters.