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Butner Council OKs $5K for LED lights at arena

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BUTNER — In a one-hour meeting earlier this month, the Butner Town Council approved several budget amendments and a resolution relating to the town’s Veterans Life Center.

Mayor Terry Turner was absent from the Feb. 5 meeting, so Mayor Pro Tem Bill McKellar presided.

The board approved spending $6,500 for operating expenses at a new public safety training center. It also allocated $5,000 for new exterior lighting for the town’s Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena on Fourth Street. Town Manager Thomas Marrow requested the lighting after town officials recently inspected the facility.

“It’s a surprise that the problem has gone that far,” Marrow said, referring to most of the exterior lighting that needed replacement.

Marrow said there is a sense of urgency in fixing the lights because the because now is the busiest time of the year for the arena; lighting is needed for people parking in that area for safety purposes.

The town received three estimates from different vendors to replace the lighting with LED fixtures. The $5,000 is an estimate of the cost.

Also approved was a resolution related to the town’s upcoming Veterans Life Center and its Community Development Block Grant. The resolution relates to the town’s request to extend the completion of the VLC project from mid-June to December.

Other agenda items that were unanimously approved include conveying 0.874 acres of land along West Lyon Station Road to the N.C. Department of Transportation for various easements relating to construction, drainage and utilities.

The council also approved awarding retiring Butner Public Safety Officer Patrick L. Bailey his badge, service sidearm and fire helmet.

Bailey is scheduled to retire at the end of the month.

The council’s next meeting is 7 p.m. March 5 in the council meeting room of Butner Town Hall, 415 Central Ave.