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Town Council Meetings--Town Council meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of every month.  A tentative agenda will normally be posted by the Monday prior to the meeting.
 
NEXT MEETING
 
The next regular meeting of the Town Council will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7:00 PM, at Danbury Town Hall.

 

COUNCIL MEETING -- 5/23/18

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.

 

COUNCIL MEETING -- 4/25/18

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.

 

COUNCIL MEETING -- 3/28/18

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. 

 

COUNCIL MEETING -- 2/28/18

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.
   
   
COUNCIL MEETING -- 1/24/18
  
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.

 

COUNCIL MEETING -- 12/6/17
 
1.   After a scheduled public hearing, Council members adopted a Solid Waste Collection, Transportation and Disposal Services Ordinance.  This ordinance clarifies the services provided by the Town.  There are no changes to current cost or practices.
 
2.   Council members adopted a Resolution of Support for a new trail head and connector trail from Danbury to Hanging Rock.  The trail head is proposed for Sheeprock Road and would tie into the town's planned pedestrian system.  Representatives from Friends of Mountains to Sea Trail and Hanging Rock State Park are supporting this idea.
 
3.   Council members adopted a Resolution of Support for special NCDOT funding for a roundabout at Sheppard Mill Road and NC 8/89.  This project, when funded, will serve as the southern gateway into town and will be an integral piece of the proposed town pedestrian system.
 
4.   County Commissioners reappointed Melinda Ring to the Danbury Planning Board to represent the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction of the town.
 
5.   Mayor Janet Whitt took the Oath of Office on Thursday, November 30, 2017, and will begin her 5th term of service to the community.
 
 
OTHER BUSINESS
 
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, as well.  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
 

 
Visit Danbury!
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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