Butner Town Council Regular Monthly Meeting 
October 1, 2020 Items of Interest

  • Council recognized Butner Public Safety for Crime Prevention Month and for Fire Prevention Week (Oct 4-10). This year’s theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”.  Due to COVID-19, National Night Out, which is usually held in October, was cancelled.  A Fill-the-Boot drive will be held October 8 from 4-6 PM at Central and C Street.  Another drive may occur at W Lyon Station Rd. and Hwy 56.  Proceeds benefit the volunteer Fire Dept.  To promote Fire Prevention Week in the schools, the traditional visit will be replaced by a station that will pass out “goodie” bags.  In addition, children can visit BPS during the week between 8-5 and receive fire prevention materials and prizes.  
  • Butner Public Safety is moving forward with a Smoke Alarm Canvassing Grant. A homeowner can contact Capt. Knutson at 919-575-6561 ext. 115 to schedule an installation time or if they do not wish to have us come in and install the smoke detector due to COVID-19, we will drop the detector off with the resident with installation instructions.
  • Public Safety continues their investigation in to the B-Street hit-and-run fatality on September 21. Anyone with information should contact BPS.   Crimestoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward.
  • Following the recommendations from NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the Town of Butner is discouraging the traditional door-to-door trick-or treating. Trunk-or-Treating will not be held at the Butner Athletic Park (BAP).  NCDHHS has offered some options to celebrate Halloween in small groups.  The Town encourages residents to consider the NCDHHS options this Halloween season.  The NCDHHS guidelines will be posted on the Town website and Facebook page.
  • Sanitation stations purchased for the parks were inadequate so a “formal” opening announcement has been delayed. However, the parks are open and are fogged for germs on a daily basis.
  • The Last Call Concert Series will be a live event from the County Expo Center during October. It features some of the artists that would have performed at the Creedmoor Music Festival.  The Town will share the broadcasts on our Facebook page. 
  • A Veteran’s Day program will be held; however, it will be scaled back. Details to be announced.
  • Council agreed to participate in the Interim Alternative Implementation Approach Inter-local Agreement (IAIA). This agreement that involves Upper Neuse River Basin Association (UNRBA) members addresses the Falls Lake Rules.  The NC Environmental Management Commission will need to approve before it returns to Council for a final approval.
  • Council agreed to move forward with issuing a Request for Proposal to assist with statutory changes that are required to the Butner Land Development Ordinance. The changes must be implemented by June 30, 2021.  
  • Council adopted revisions to the Town’s Social Media Policy and adopted a Social Media Policy for Elected Officials. Both policies provide guidance for posting, responding and archiving Town related business on Social Media sites, especially Facebook. 
  • Due to the difficulty in reading the new Butner Public Safety Training Center Sign, a decision was made to paint the current letters in the sign white. If this is not acceptable, Council will consider optional color schemes at the November meeting.
  • Thirty-two people attended the September Butner 2040 Open House. A second event is planned for November 12 to review the public survey results, and goals and objectives.
  • Nugget Corp. is open and operating. Staff is reviewing expansion plans for Food Lion and Jarco.  Site Plans were submitted for Tractor Supply.
  • Council Member Jordon has been selected for the NC League of Municipalities Legislative Policy Committee.
  • Council Member Smoak has been selected as Chairperson for the Granville County Tourism Board.
  • Council Member Branch announced that the BCA would meet on October 14 @ 7 PM. Visit Bcaserves.org for volunteer opportunities and additional information. 
  • Council has received several request to have available a video of the Council meetings. Staff was asked to look into this option. 
  • The Kerr-Tar COG has small business loans available and to share this with any small business that may be in need as the result of COVID-19. Please contact Town Hall for further information.
  • Staff was asked to pick up litter before fall mowing occurs. Especially bad are the interstate areas and 33rd Street between E & F Street.
  • Staff was also asked to take care of some fire ants along Town sidewalks.
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