This News Page provides a quick view of what has transpired at Town Council meetings during the past year.  Go to the “Meetings Agenda/Minutes” Page for official meeting minutes.

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TOWN EMAIL ADDRESS: admin@townofdanbury1957.org

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NOTICE:  The Danbury Town Council is looking for residents interested in serving on the Town Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.  One regular position and two alternate positions are available.  If you live in Danbury or its ETJ this is a great opportunity to get involved in town planning.  If interested, contact town administrator Mike Barsness at 336 593-2002.  You are also welcome to contact any town council member. 

Click on the attached job description below.

2024-01-29 Planning Board Duties

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AFTER-HOURS WATER OR SEWER EMERGENCIES are the responsibility of the Stokes County Public Works Department at 336 593-2406.

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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.

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LAWN MOWING NOTICE:   We are asking Danbury residents to please not blow grass clippings into the street.  It is dangerous to bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians, and can increase the distance a vehicle needs to stop, especially when the roadway becomes wet.  Grass obscures lane markings, stop bars and turn arrows.  Be aware that 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.

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ROAD EDGE MOWING:  The Town occasionally contracts for roadside mowing in an effort to control encroaching grass and brush.  It also improves visibility for motorists.  This work is expected to be performed annually in mid-June and again in late October.  Town responsibility is for town-maintained streets only.  NCDOT has responsibility for state-maintained roads such as Main Street (8/89), Seven Island Road, Sheppard Mill Road, and Hanging Rock Forest Road.

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PLEASE SLOW DOWN – Town Council members frequently discuss pedestrian safety as residents and visitors go about their business on Main Street. While the design of the street is unlikely to ever change, as motorists we can change our behavior. Not only is excessive speed dangerous to pedestrians, it has also been the cause of death or injury to pets and wildlife. Deer are frequently present after dark. Everyone is being asked to obey speed limits and to be alert for people and animals crossing the street. Please help us out.

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2024 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING CALENDAR:

  • January 24, 2024, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
  • February 28, 2024, 6:30 PM, Danbury Town Hall
  • March 27, 2024, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
  • April 24, 2024, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
  • May 22, 2024, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
  • June 26, 2024, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
  • July 24, 2024, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
  • August 28, 2024, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
  • September 24, 2023, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
  • October 24, 2023, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
  • November 20, 2024, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library
  • December 18, 2024, 6:30 PM, Danbury Library

NOTE:  November and December meeting dates are subject to change due to holidays.

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TOWN COUNCIL MEETING LOCATION AND INFORMATION:
Town Council meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of each month unless noted otherwise.

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 on the schedule above. 

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COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS Go to “Agenda/Minutes” page for complete record of official minutes for any meeting.

COUNCIL MEETING — 1/24/2024

  1. Council voted to re-establish alternate positions on the planning board.  
  2. A public hearing date will be set once a recommendation is received from the planning board regarding revisions to the Zoning Ordinance.
  3. Council approved the addition of a streetlight at the intersection of Camping Island Creek Road and Main Street.  The existing decorative streetlights do not project enough light for pedestrians.
  4. There is enough SCIF Grant money remaining to repave Courthouse Circle, Meadow Road (east), and the remainder of North Mill Hill Street.  King Circle and South Mill Hill Street were previously approved and will be repaved, as well.

COUNCIL MEETING — 12/27/2023

  1. The annual Town audit report was presented by Trevor Gardner of Rouse, Rouse, Rouse, and Gardner, LLC.  The Town’s books were in order and finances were healthy with sufficient reserves.
  2. Council member Gary East was appointed Mayor Pro-tem.
  3. The town hall roof is in need of replacement.  Estimates will be obtained.
  4. Additional streets will be repaved when the weather improves.

COUNCIL MEETING — 11/29/2023

  1. Council approved payment to NCDOT in the total amount of $83,068.51 for street paving.  Funds are provided through a State Capital Improvement Fund Grant awarded to Stokes County.  The Town of Danbury is a sub-recipient of the grant funding in the amount of $200,000.00.

COUNCIL MEETING — 10/25/2023

  1. Council approved an amendment SCIF Budget Ordinance 2023-01 to reflect inclusion of Camping Island Creek Road as a street to be graded and paved in the approximate amount of $17,000.00.
  2. Council adopted American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grant Project Budget Ordinance 2023-04 in the amount of $68,821.64 for the purpose of paving Crestview Road, Old Church Road, King Circle, and South Mill Hill Street.  This amount includes $10,500.00 of restricted Powell funds.

COUNCIL MEETING — 9/27/2023

  1. Council approved street paving payment to NCDOT in the amount of $52,735.48.  This amount is reimbursed through the SCIF Grant.
  2. Council approved additional street repair on Sheeprock Road in the approximate amount of $6,000.00.  This amount is reimbursed through the SCIF Grant.
  3. Council approved Camping Island Creek Road to be regraded and paved at an estimated cost of $17,000.00.  This amount to be reimbursed under the SCIF Grant. 
  4. Possible improvements to Sheppard Mill Road intersection with NC 8/89.  Options include a roundabout or a southbound turn lane.  The roundabout option is in express design stage.  It is very early in project planning.  Public input will occur at the proper time.  No NCDOT funding has been committed at this point.

COUNCIL MEETING — 8/23/2023

  1. The annual parade is scheduled for Saturday, 9/9/23.  Lineup will begin around 8:30 AM, judging will follow, and the parade will begin at 10:00 AM.  Applications are available by contacting town hall at 336-593-2002 or emailing admin@townofdanbury1957.org.
  2. The Town continues to work with NCDOT to improve street conditions and slow traffic at/near the intersection of Sheppard Mill Road and 8/89.  The Town’s pedestrian plan calls for a roundabout that slows traffic and provides a formal entry to the community.  
  3. Duke Energy has replaced all Town streetlights with LED heads.  Electricity usage is down 70%.

COUNCIL MEETING — 7/26/2023

  1. Repair work on four town streets has begun. Cost will be covered through the $200,000.00 State Capital Improvement Fund Grant.
    • Sheeprock Road is being repaved in preparation for a new trailhead and connector trail to Hanging Rock.  Cost is estimated to be $58,000.
    • Repair work has also begun on North Mill Hill Street.  Drainage culverts are being installed and the street will be repaved.  Cost is estimated to be $28,ooo.
    • Repair work will begin soon to widen and repave Meadow Road.  Cost is estimated at $73,000.
    • The west side of Courthouse Circle will be repaved to improve drainage.  Cost is estimated at $12,000.

COUNCIL MEETING — 6/28/2023

  1. Council approved the final amended budget for Fiscal Year 2022-23 in the amount of $109,088.00.
  2. Council adopted a tax rate of $0.27 (27 cents) per $100 of assessed property value for the Fiscal Year 2023-24.  This is the same rate as the previous year.
  3. Council adopted the budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year in the amount of $77,380.00.
  4. Council approved fire and rescue contracts with the Danbury Volunteer Fire Department for the two-year period beginning 7/1/2023 and ending 6/30/2025.

COUNCIL MEETING — 5/24/2023

  1. Council held a public hearing to receive comment on the proposed $77,380.00 budget for fiscal year 2023-24.  This represents a 4% increase over the current year’s budget.  No public comments were received.
  2. Council held a public hearing to receive comment on the proposed $200,000.00 State Capital Improvement Fund Grant Project budget.  This budget is intended to cover costs to repair several town streets.  No public comments were received.
  3. Council adopted the SCIF Grant Project budget following the public hearing.  Work could begin in July.
  4. Council approved a contract proposal from Rouse, Rouse, Rouse and Gardner to provide annual financial auditing service.  The service will cost $7,905.00.

COUNCIL MEETING — 4/26/2023

  1. Council approved Lowe’s Mowing and Hauling to provide roadside mowing services at a cost not to exceed $1,200.00.
  2. A public hearing was set for Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 6:30 PM, at the library to receive comment on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2023-24.  The budget ordinance, in the amount of $77,180.00, is scheduled for adoption on June 28, 2023.
  3. A public hearing was set for Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 6:30 PM, at the library to receive comment on the proposed grant project budget ordinance.  The project budget, in the amount of $200,000.00, will cover costs to repair several streets.

COUNCIL MEETING — 3/22/2023

  1. Tory Mabe, Stokes County Economic Development, made a presentation to the Town Council regarding imposing an occupancy tax in the county.  This tax is imposed on the visitors utilizing whole-house short-term facilities and not on the businesses.
  2. The year-end financial picture reflects a net return of approximately $7,000.00 to fund balance.  In otherwords, no draw on fund balance was required in fiscal year 2022-23.
  3. Duke Energy has replaced all town street lights with LEDs.  This will result in less energy cost.

COUNCIL MEETING — 2/22/2023

  1. Council voted to prioritize the following streets for repair this year:  1) Sheeprock Road, 2) North Mill Hill Street, 3) Meadow Road, 4) Courthouse Circle.
  2. Annual budget schedule was presented.

COUNCIL MEETING — 1/25/2023

  1. Gary East was elected to serve another year as Mayor Pro-tem.
  2. Steve Shelton was elected to serve another year as NCDOT Transportation Advisory Committee representative.  Gary East will serve as alternate.
  3. Danbury will receive $200,000 in Capital Improvement Funding.  Plans include repairs to several town streets.

COUNCIL MEETING — 12/28/2022

  1. Only routine administrative business was conducted at this meeting, including approval of minutes, reviewing accounts payable, and a financial report.

OTHER BUSINESS

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.

 

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