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Regular meetings of the Danbury Town Council are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of every month unless otherwise posted.  A tentative agenda will normally be posted by the Monday prior to the meeting.

The next meeting of the Town Council will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:00 PM, at Danbury Town Hall.



1.   Hanging Rock State Park Superintendent Robin Riddlebarger gave an overview of recent Park purchases of hundreds of acres bordering the current park boundaries.  Preliminary ideas are being considered on how to best utilize the new areas in the future.

2.   A plan to improve pedestrian safety in the core business area on Main Street was discussed.  The Town and NCDOT have come to agreement on the type of specific improvements.  Changes will include marked crosswalks, ADA curbs and ramps, short sidewalk additions and pedestrian-activated rapid-flashing beacons at both ends of Courthouse Circle.  These additions will greatly improve motorist awareness of pedestrian activity around the Arts Place and Old Courthouse.

3.   Council adopted Resolution 2018-03 in support of the Pedestrian Safety Plan.

4.   Council approved an amendment to the 2018-19 annual budget, in the amount of $4,400.00, to secure replacement of a culvert and storm water catch basin on Meadow Road.



1.   Discussion continued about undertaking a pedestrian safety improvement project on Main Street at Courthouse Circle.  This is proposed to include crosswalks, curb ramps, pedestrian-activated beacons and minor sidewalk additions.  Efforts are underway to acquire funding.

2.   Council approved the hiring of Eddie Bunn to provide surveying services as the Town moves forward with acquiring a small piece of Historical Society property that abuts the town park.

3.   Council approved the hiring of Mike East to replace a storm water catchbasin and repair damage on Meadow Road at a cost of $4,862.

4.   Council approved the hiring of Mike East to replace a failed culvert at the intersection of Courthouse Circle and Meadow Road at a cost of $7,885.

5.   Council approved rescheduling the regular November meeting from Wednesday, 11/28/18, to Wednesday, 12/5/18.  The regular December meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 12/26/18 has been cancelled.



1.   The auditing firm Rouse, Rouse, Penn and Rouse provided the Town with its annual audit report.The financial position is very good when compared to other small towns.

2.   The Sheppard Mill Bridge replacement plan was discussed.  A decision will be made soon about whether to completely close the road or try to maintain one open lane during construction.  By closing the road the project can be completed much sooner but will be an inconvenience for motorists and emergency services.

3.   Stokes County has begun work on two parking areas.  The first one is behind the Arts Place and may provide approximately 30-40 off-street parking spaces.  The second area is located on the north side of the old courthouse.  8-10 spaces may be available.

4.   Recent storms have washed out a surface water catchbasin on Meadow Road.  Repairs will occur shortly.



1.   A meeting with DOT will be held on Thursday, 8/23/18, to discuss the Sheppard Mill Bridge replacement.  Issues include structure placement, road closure options and pedestrian access.

2.   Due to being the summer season, no other items of major importance were discussed.



1.   Mayor Janet Whitt announced the THEME for this year's Stokes Stomp Parade is "Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Together Making a Difference".  Anyone interested in participating in the parade should contact Town Hall 336 593-2002 or Mayor Janet Whitt 336 403-2207 for an application.  Parade will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 8th.  Lineup begins at 8:30 AM at the Government Center.

2.   The Town met with NCDOT planning engineers, once again, to discuss possible solutions to an ongoing problem of speeding vehicles through town.  Several measures were discussed and will be taken to Division 9 for further review.

3.   Council appointed Olivia Shelton to the Planning and Zoning Board for a three year term.  Olivia had previously been a board member as well as an elected Town Council member.  Her knowledge and prior experience will fit nicely with the level of expertise already on the board.



1.   The Town Council approved a Final Amended 2017-18 Budget at $85,236.00.  Pre-audit estimates (in rounded dollars) indicate total expenditures near $69,900 and $15,300 returning to the General Fund.

2.   Council set the tax rate for next fiscal year at twenty-seven cents ($0.27) per $100.00 of assessed value.  This is the same rate as the previous year.

3.   Council adopted the budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year at $74,375.00.

4.   The Town is seeking residents interested in serving on the town planning board.  Members are appointed for three-year terms and are eligible for reappointment.  The board meets as necessary, normally 3-4 times per year.  If interested, residents are asked to call or email Town Hall for more information.  Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Phone:  336 593-2002.



1.   A public hearing was held to receive comment on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19.  No residents were present.  The budget is proposed at $74,375.00, a 3.4% increase.  Most of the increase is due to street repairs, garbage collection costs, town hall repair, and the cost of providing law enforcement assistance during the Stokes Stomp Parade on September 8th. 

2.   The Town is exploring the possibility of hosting a hazardous substances collection day.  The goal is to provide residents with the opportunity to safely discard old paints, pesticides, herbicides, etc.



1.   Mr. C.W. Hill presented ideas for a public event to formally recognize the donation of an office secretary, circa 1890, formerly the property of Thomas W. Bickett, governor of North Carolina, 1917-1921.  The event is tentatively planned for Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, at the Arts Place on Main Street.  The secretary has been placed at Danbury Town Hall.

2.   Discussion continued regarding proposed updates to parade rules, application, and general guidance information. 

3.   The proposed budget for FY 2018-19 is nearly complete.  The public hearing will be held on May 23, 2018, at 7:00pm, at the Danbury Library.



1.   Council held a public hearing to receive comment on a proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance Article XIV - Signs.  No comment was received and the amendment was adopted.

2.   Council continued a discussion regarding revisions to the town ordinance regulating parking.

3.   Fiscal Year 2018-19 goals and proposed projects were discussed as a part of the budget process.  Park improvements, street repairs, gateway project and Hanging Rock trail and trailhead were discussed. 



1.   Council adopted a Resolution of Appreciation for C.W. Hill's generous donation of Thomas W. Bickett's circa 1890 mahogany secretary.

2.   A public hearing was held to recceive comment on a proposed update to an ordinance regulating Abandoned, Junked, and Nuisance Motor Vehicles.  No public comment was received and the ordinance was adopted.

3.   The annual Stokes Stomp Parade was discussed again.  Concerns include the need for adequate route monitoring, safety rules, and application process.  Further discussion will occur at the March 28th meeting.

4.   Council amended the FY 2017-18 budget by $7,300.00 to cover costs of replacing a culvert on Courthouse Circle/Meadow Road, and for repairs on North Mill Hill Street.

5.   Council voted to procedurally move to public hearing a proposal to revise the Danbury Zoning Ordinance, Article XIV (Signs), for the purpose of receiving comment on extensive changes to the ordinance.  This followed a Planning Board recommendation to move forward.
1.   C.W. Hill addressed the Council and presented the Town with a mahogany secretary, circa 1890, that once belonged to Thomas W. Bickett, one of the original attorneys who practiced law in what is now our town hall.  Mr. Bickett was elected Governor of North Carolina and served from 1917 to 1921.

2.   The Department of Transportation made emergency repairs on Courthouse Circle where a sinkhole opened up recently.  Permanent repairs, including a culvert replacement, will happen during the current fiscal year.

3.   A public hearing will be held on February 28, 2018, to receive comment on a proposed ordinance to regulate removal and disposition of abandoned, junked, and nuisance motor vehicles.  This ordinance updates the original ordinance dated 1990.

4.   The Town continues to work on a policy and ordinance that would regulate parking throughout the community.  As new businesses develop and more events are held, the current lack of parking space will only get worse.  The Town and County are working together to identify solutions to the problem.  A public hearing will be held and opportunities for input will happen before the matter is finalized.

5.   Working on a new Town website to replace the outdated site.

The Town Council  frequently discusses a concern for pedestrian safety as residents and visitors go about their business on Main Street.  While the design of the street is unlikely to change, we can, as motorists, change our behavior.  Not only is it dangerous for pedestrians, it has also been common for pets and wildlife to be injured or killed.  Everyone is being asked to obey speed limits and to be alert for people and animals crossing the street.    Please help us out.
Planning and Zoning Board Meetings--The Planning and Zoning Board meets on an as-needed basis.  Meeting dates are advertised in advance.
Recycling in Danbury--  Danbury residents who are currently receiving garbage service are encouraged to take advantage of curbside recycling. This service occurs on an every-other-week basis.  The pickup schedule can be found under the "Departments" tab.

General recycling information can be found at www.co.stokes.nc.us

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Danbury, the county seat of Stokes County, North Carolina, is located approximately 20 miles north of Winston-Salem, NC, on highway NC 8/89. Nestled among the natural beauty of the Dan River and Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury is a great place to visit, live and work. We hope to see you soon!


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