This News Page is meant to provide a quick view of what has transpired at Town Council meetings during the past year.
TOWN EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
GARBAGE PICK UP – CHANGES IN SCHEDULE: Occasionally, a sudden change in garbage pick up dates will occur, usually associated with holidays or weather conditions. We will try to post any information on this page as soon as we may be notified by the garbage collection contractor. The contractor, Foothill Waste Solutions, also posts such information on their Facebook Page.
LAWN MOWING NOTICE: We are asking Danbury residents to please not blow grass clippings into the street. It is dangerous to bicyclists and motorcyclists and can increase stopping time for motorists, especially when the roadway becomes wet. It is illegal to place any debris on a public road and may also result in civil liability if someone is injured. Please help us out. If your clippings end up in the street, use a leaf blower to remove them. Thank you for understanding.
CORONAVIRUS NOTICE: Town hall is open to direct public access.
Any questions regarding COVID-19 or where to obtain vaccines or therapeutics should be directed to the County of Stokes Health Department or check the Stokes County Government and/or State of NC websites for updated information.
2022 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING CALENDAR:
- January 26, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
- February 23, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
- March 23, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
- April 27, 2022, 6:30 PM, CANCELLED
- May 25, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
- June 22, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
- July 27, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
- August 24, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
- September 28, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
- October 26, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
- November 30, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
- December 28, 2022, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
NOTE: November and December meeting dates are subject to change due to holidays.
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING LOCATION AND INFORMATION:
Town Council meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of each month.
A proposed agenda will be posted by the Monday before the meeting.
All meetings are planned to be held at the Danbury Library, 6:30 PM, unless noted otherwise.
COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS — Go to “Agenda/Minutes” page for complete record of official minutes for any meeting.
COUNCIL MEETING — 7/27/2022
- Council held a public hearing to receive comment on a proposed text amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow short-term residential uses in R-1, R-2, R-3, B-1, and B-2 districts. No comments were received.
- Council voted to adopt the above proposed text amendment. They found the proposal was consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and was reasonable and in the public interest.
- Council reappointed John Turpin to the Planning and Zoning Board for another three-year term, effective 8/24/22.
- Council adopted ordinance 2022-03 to close Main Street and Sheppard Mill Road, on Saturday, 9/10/22, from 10:00am-11:30pm to hold the annual Stokes Stomp Parade.
COUNCIL MEETING — 6/22/2022
- Council adopted the Final Amended Budget for fiscal year 2021-22 in the amount of $77,975.00.
- Council set the tax rate for fiscal year 2022-23 at $0.27 (27 cents) per $100.00 of assessed value. This amounts to no change from the previous year.
- Council adopted the budget for fiscal year 2022-23 in the amount of $74,330.00.
- After receiving public comment and reviewing two applications for amendments to the town Zoning Ordinance, the Planning Board recommended the Council consider allowing short-term residential use in R-1, R-2, R-3, B-1, B-2 districts. See Minutes for 6/22/22.
- Council set Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 6:30 PM, as the date and time for a public hearing to receive comment on the above proposal to amend the Zoning Ordinance. See Minutes for 6/22/22.
COUNCIL MEETING — 5/25/2022
- The 2022-23 town budget was reviewed. Total budget $74,330.00, a 3.3 increase from previous year. Increased costs for auditing, insurance, garbage collection, recycling, and fuel surcharges are responsible for the increase.
- Council held a public hearing to receive comment on the proposed budget. No comment received.
- Council approved the contract for annual auditing services as submitted by Rouse, Rouse, Rouse and Gardner in the amount of $7,530.00
- Council voted to send two requests for Zoning Ordinance text amendments to the Planning Board for recommendation before considering a public hearing date.
COUNCIL MEETING — 4/27/2022 CANCELLED
COUNCIL MEETING — 3/23/2022
- Council cancelled their regular April 27, 2022, meeting due to a scheduling conflict. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 6:30 PM, at the Danbury Library.
- Council set the May 25th meeting as the date for a public hearing to receive input on the proposed FY 2022-23 Town Budget.
- Council approved repairs to a section of flooring at town hall. Cost will be $965.00. Work to be done by Pilot Flooring of King.
COUNCIL MEETING — 2/23/2022
- The Town Planning Board is required to have in-town and ETJ membership proportional to population. Currently, and for the past 29 years, the board ratio has been 60% in-town and 40% ETJ. The 2020 census indicates the population to be 59% and 41% respectively. No change to the board make-up is required.
- Total revenue, in the first 8 months of the fiscal year, continue to track near equal to the previous year. There is some indication that general sales tax intake is slowing.
COUNCIL MEETING — 1/26/2022
- Council discussed the announced closing of the First National Bank in Danbury scheduled to happen April 23, 2022. Bank officials will be contacted seeking a better understanding for the decision and to stress the importance of retaining a bank in the community.
- Most sources of revenue are trending near normal, year-over-year. The exception is general sales tax which, while still up 12% year-over-year, is trending downward.
- The NCDOT has been sent a reimbursement request in the amount of $29,245.00 for pedestrian safety equipment and engineering costs.
COUNCIL MEETING — 12/29/2021
- The mid-year financial report indicates that total revenue is down 2.5% year-over-year.
- The pedestrian safety improvements on Main Street have been completed and are functional.
- Regular town council meetings will once again be held in-person at the Danbury Library beginning January 26, 2022, at 6:30 PM.
- Town hall was visited by the School Skippers 4-H Club, led by Leslie Bray Brewer. Their focus was on civic education.
COUNCIL MEETING (Remote) — 12/1/2021
- Council Member Gary East was re-elected Mayor Pro Tempore for the year 2022.
- Council Meeting Schedule for 2022 was approved and posted above.
- Revenue after 5 months of the year is up 4.2% year-over-year.
COUNCIL MEETING (Remote) — 10/27/2021
- The annual Danbury Christmas Tree lighting program will be held on Sunday, December 5, 2021, beginning at 4:00 PM. Lighting of the tree will occur at approximately 5:00.
- Melinda Ring has been re-appointed by county commissioners as an ETJ member of the Danbury Planning Board/Board of Adjustment.
COUNCIL MEETING (Remote) — 9/22/2021
- The Mayor and Council members expressed sadness over the recent passing of Ricky Mabe, longtime mowing and small jobs contractor for the Town. He will be missed.
- Rex Rouse of Rouse, Rouse, Rouse and Gardner provided the annual report on the status of Town finances. He reported no concerns with the management of town funds and considers the Town to be in sound and stable financial position.
- Council reappointed Olivia Shelton to a three-year term on the Danbury Planning Board/Board of Adjustment.
COUNCIL MEETING (Remote) — 8/25/2021
- The mayor proclaimed the week of September 17 through 23, 2021 as Constitution Week.
- The official population of Danbury is 189 according to the 2020 census.
COUNCIL MEETING (Remote) — 7/28/2021
- Council adopted Ordinance 2021-02 allowing the temporary closure of Main Street for the Stokes Stomp Parade on September 11, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
- Construction of pedestrian safety improvements on Main Street should begin soon. Motorists should use extra caution when in the area.
COUNCIL MEETING (Remote) — 6/23/2021
- Council authorized the mayor to accept over $53,000 in federal American Rescue Plan funds. The funds must be obligated by 12/31/2024.
- Council adopted the final amended budget for fiscal year 2020-21 in the amount of $79,100.00.
- Council set the tax rate for fiscal year 2021-22 at 0.27 (27 cents) per $100.00 of assessed value of property. This represents no change from the prior year.
- Council adopted the budget for fiscal year 2021-22 in the amount of $92,280.00. $20,300.00 of this amount will be reimbursed by NCDOT following the completion of the pedestrian safety improvements on Main Street.
COUNCIL MEETING (Remote) — 5/26/2021
- Council received an overview of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2021-22. Total budget was proposed at $92,280.00. $20,300 will be reimbursed by Department of Transportation after completion of the pedestrian safety improvements on Main Street. This represents a 5.3% reduction in expected operational expenditures in the coming year.
- A public hearing was held to receive comment on the proposed budget. No comments were provided.
- Council approved a four-year extension to a contract with Foothill Solid Waste Solutions for garbage and recyclables collection.
- Council approved a contract for the Town’s annual financial audit to Rouse, Rouse, Rouse and Gardner in the amount of $7,170.00.
COUNCIL MEETING (Remote) — 4/28/2021
- Council approved fire and rescue contracts for fiscal years beginning 7-1-2021 and ending 6-30-2023.
- The pedestrian safety project is now scheduled to begin around August 1st.
- Repair work on Crestview Road, Sheeprock Road and N. Mill Hill Street has begun and should be completed within a few days.
- A public hearing is scheduled for May 26th to receive comment on the proposed 2021-22 town budget. See above info for joining a Zoom meeting.
COUNCIL MEETING (Remote) — 3/24/2021
- The pedestrian safety project start date is likely to be delayed due to a busy NCDOT construction schedule.
- The Town revenue picture has not changed after reviewing 9 months of data.
- New summer banners have arrived and will go up in mid-May.
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 excessive speed 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 posted 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.