Garner: A Great Place to Be

Learn more about why Garner is a great place to live, work or raise a family; click below to get the facts on our All-America City's quality of life.

Garner Technology Center a Premier Shovel-Ready Site

With almost 100 acres adjacent to Interstate 40, the Garner Technology Center is the premier industrial site in Wake County. Businesses here will enjoy easy access to one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States with significant clusters in the areas of technology, life sciences, smart grid and advanced manufacturing. Please click the button below to read an information sheet with details and contacts.

Early Voting Dates and Locations Announced

To learn details about early voting dates and locations in Wake County for the November general election, please visit THIS WEBPAGE.

Town to Implement New Fire Inspection Fee

A new fire inspection fee of $50 for businesses, institutions and multifamily dwellings will start Oct. 1 by direction of the Town Council and in accordance with the fiscal year 2014-15 operating budget. Please see the news release for details.

Veterans Advisory Committee Seeking New Member

The Garner Veterans Advisory Committee is seeking to fill a vacancy. This committee operates as a public interface between Garner residents and Town officials to explore ways in which to honor and recognize the service of area veterans; assist the Town of Garner’s planning for ceremonies, observances, holidays and events honoring veterans and interact with local veterans organizations and assist in the preservation, operation, integrity, maintenance and upkeep of the Garner Veterans Memorial.

The committee meets at 9 a.m. on the first Monday of a bi-monthly schedule. For an application or questions, please contact Kimberly Moffett at 919-773-4456 or

Beasley Moves into Inspections Director Position

Tony Beasley, formerly the Town of Garner's economic development director, has moved into the inspections director position. He succeeds Sandy Teal, who retired after serving as inspections director for 25 years. Please see the news release for details.

Smith Completes NRPA Directors School Program

Rob Smith, assistant director with the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, recently completed the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Directors School, a two-year professional development training program for current and future leaders of parks and recreation agencies. Please see the news release for details.

Learn All About Your Hometown in the September Newsletter

Lots of special events information and news about bond projects in the September newsletter. Click the button below to read all about it.

Town Seeks Partners for Carnaval Latino

The Town of Garner seeks local food vendors, businesses, schools and performing artists to take part in its second annual Carnaval Latino.

The festival celebrates the Latin American community in Wake County and will take place on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center at 125 Avery St.

For information on how to be a part of this event, please contact Jill McAllister at or call (919) 661-4602.

Read All About Your Hometown in Citizen Newsletter

The August edition of the Garner Update citizen newsletter is now available. Read all about the latest developments in your hometown!

Chamber Plans Connect Conference for Aug. 14

The Garner Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Connect and Plug in the Future conference on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Grand Marquise Ballroom. You can watch this short video promo to learn more about the event.

GRA Announces Main Street Anniversary, National Accreditation

Garner’s Main Street Program, managed by the Garner Revitalization Association (GRA), announced today that it has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach. This is the fourth consecutive year the Garner has received this accreditation.

We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s performance standards, says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit.

The accreditation was presented at the July 22, 2014, Town Council meeting by Teresa Watts, Assistant Director of the North Carolina Main Street Center. A program of the NC Department of Commerce Office of Urban Development, the NC Main Street Center works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach to commercial district revitalization.

GRA also released its 2013-2014 Main Street Program Report, including a Five-year summary of the local program’s economic impact on Garner. Since joining the Main Street Program in 2009, Garner’s downtown district has seen public investments of over $2.5 million and private investments totaling over $1.6 million. Other impacts of the program include 41 net new jobs created, 9 net new businesses opened, 7 buildings renovated and 4 facades improved. During the past five years, volunteers have contributed over 1,020 hours to the program valued at $23,782. The full report can be read by clicking the button below and can also be found at

Public Works Director Helps Group Earn Honor

Town of Garner Public Works Director Paul Cox played a key role in helping the North Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Association earn coveted recognition. Learn more by reading the news release.

July Newsletter Now Available

Learn about the Police Department's annual report, the status of a bond-financed sidewalk project and the Towne Players' upcoming show in this month's award-winning Garner Update newsletter.

Garner National Night Out Planned for Aug. 5

The Garner Police Department, in association with The National Association of Town Watch and Target, announces that the 31st Annual National Night Out against crime will be held on Aug. 5. Over 37 million people in more than 16,000 communities across the United States will join forces to promote police-community partnerships, safety and neighborhood unity. This year the Garner Police Department will once again partner with Target of Garner in hosting an event at the Target store located at White Oak Crossing from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please see the news release for more details.

Town Departments Earn Safety Awards

Several Town of Garner departments were recently honored for their safety records. Please see the news release for details.

PRCR Team Adds One Member, Promotes Another

The Town's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has had a new member join its team, while another staff member has received a promotion. Please read the news release for details.

Tim Stevens Wins Service to Garner Award

Please see the attached news release about the recipient of the 2014 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award.

Garner 101 Starts New Session Aug. 7

The Garner 101 Citizens Academy starts up another 10-week session on Aug. 7. To learn more, please see the news release, or contact Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or

June Newsletter Now Available!

Learn about the Town of Garner's July 3rd Independence Day Celebration as well as the Town's latest accolades in the June edition of the award-winning Garner Update newsletter.

Garner PD Welcomes New Personnel

The Garner Police Department has recently added four new members to its team, including one sworn officer, a records manager and two services officers. Please read the news release for details.

Garner Magnet High Featured in National Magazine

The May 2014 edition of Principal Leadership magazine, a publication of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, has a nice feature article about Garner Magnet High School. To read a printable pdf version of the piece, please visit THIS LINK.

Garner Officials Take Part in League's Town Hall Day

Town of Garner officials participated in the North Carolina League of Municipalities' Town Hall Day at the General Assembly on June 4 in Raleigh. Please read the news release for details.

Next Movie/Camping Night June 13 at Lake Benson Park

Join us for the Friday Family Flick and camping night scheduled for June 13 at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road). We'll be showing "Monsters University" at 8:30 p.m. The movie is free and does not require registration. Camping is $12 per family for Garner residents and $15 per family for non-residents. To register for camping, please visit THIS LINK. To learn more, please click the button below to see a news release about the event.

Senior Center Gets Center of Excellence Recertification

The Garner Senior Center was recertified as a Center of Excellence by the State of North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services on May 23. The designation was the result of a five-year process that involved documenting achievement in five different operational areas: outreach and access to services; programs and activities; planning, evaluation and input from older adults; staffing and operations. Please see the news release for more details.

Town Accepting Applications for July 3 Food Vendors

The Town is accepting applications for food vendors for the July 3 Independence Day Celebration. Please see the news release for details.

Garner Earns Playful City Designation

Garner has been named a Playful City USA by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. Please see the news release for details.

Nominations Accepted Through June 15 for Stevens Service Award

Nominations are being accepted through June 15 for the 2014 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. Please click the button below for a news release with more details as well as a nomination form.

Guns N Hoses Broomball Fundraiser Set for June 7

The Garner Police Athletics and Activities League (PAAL) is hosting its third annual Guns N’ Hoses Broomball Fundraiser on Saturday, June 7 at the Garner Polar Ice House (103 New Rand Road). This year the event will feature teams from public safety agencies and local public schools.

There will also be a Public Safety Day in conjunction with the event where families can see public safety displays, get educational materials and enjoy fun activities for kids. The event starts at noon, and games between the teams start at 1 p.m., culminating with a championship game in the evening. Please see the news release for more details.

Volunteers Help Keep Garner Green and Clean

In conjunction with Gov. Pat McCrory’s proclamation of the biannual state cleanup period, the Town of Garner sponsored its combo Spring Big Sweep and Litter Sweep on Saturday, May 3. Zone Captain Kendrick Mayes and Co-Zone Captains Kelsie Engelhard and Jaclyn Rametta organized volunteers who covered approximately 200 acres, filling 35 bags of trash from eight different sites across Garner. The combined weight of everything collected was 445 pounds. The effort was made possible by 100 volunteers who contributed the equivalent of 200 staff hours, saving the Town $4,510.

Budget News, Movie Night and More in May Newsletter

Learn all about what's going on in your hometown this month in the Garner Update citizen newsletter from the Town of Garner.

Nominations Being Accepted for Stevens Service Award

Nominations are being accepted for the James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award through June 15. Please click the button below for a news release and nomination form.

Town Unveils Proposed FY 14-15 Budget

The Town Manager’s Office has released its recommended operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15. Public hearings on the budget are scheduled for the Town Council regular meetings on Monday, May 5 and Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m. The Council has also planned a special budget work session on Wednesday, May 7 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers. Please see the news release for a summary of the proposed budget. The recommended budget can also be found online.

GPD Earns National Reaccreditation

The Garner Police Department has earned its seventh accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and formally received its CALEA certificate of advanced meritorious accreditation at the April 22 Town Council meeting. Please see the news release for details.

GPAC Hires New Staff Member

Jill McAllister joined the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department on April 15 as the events and box office coordinator. Please see the news release for details.

Big Sweep/Litter Sweep Slated for May 3

Garner residents are asked to help keep our All-America City clean during the Town’s annual Spring Big Sweep/Litter Sweep. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road). Please see the news release for details.

Town Seeking Citizens for Board, Committee Vacancies

The Town of Garner appoints citizens to serve on a number of advisory boards and commissions. Citizens who serve on these boards and commissions perform a community service using their skills, interests and initiatives to make a difference. Whether you’re interested in community appearance, recreation activities or land use practices, the Town of Garner has opportunities for you to volunteer to share your time and talents.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Committee: This committee provides recommendations to the Town Council with regard to recreation services, facilities and fee policies. This committee meets every third Monday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Board of Adjustment: Applications are being accepted for an appointment to the Board of Adjustment for one regular position for citizens that reside within Garner Town limits AND for one regular position for citizens that reside within Wake County limits. The board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. to hear and decide appeals from any order, decision, requirement or interpretation made by the land-use administrator or other administrative officials in the carrying out or enforcing any provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance and to hear and decide applications for special use permits, special exceptions and variances.

The deadline for all applications is Monday, April 28, 2014. You can email, fax or mail your application. Email address, fax number 919-662-8874 or mail to: Town of Garner, 900 Seventh Avenue, Garner, NC 27529 Attn: Kimberly Moffett. For more detailed information, please visit this page. You can download the application at this link. For more information, you can also contact Kimberly Moffett at (919) 773-4456.

April Newsletter Now Available

Awards, new development projects and more in this month's award-winning Garner Update citizen newsletter. Click the button below to read all about your hometown.

Garner Citizen, Downtown Project Honored by Main Street Program

Elmo Vance was named a Main Street Champion, and a downtown Garner pop-up shops project was awarded Best Retail Promotion by the North Carolina Main Street Program on April 1. Please see the news release for details.

Garner Named One of NC's Most Affordable Places

Movoto, a California-based online real estate brokerage, has ranked Garner the sixth-most affordable place in North Carolina in a blog post published April 7. The company looked at 83 places in the state that have a population of at least10,000 and ranked them based on food and utility costs, median home price, unemployment rate, adjusted median income and other miscellaneous costs. Please see the news release for more details.

Finance Department Wins Award for Annual Report

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Town’s Finance Department by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for Garner’s comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. It is the 24th consecutive year that the Finance Department has earned the honor. Please see the attached news release for more details.

Garner Gears Up for Spring Eggstravaganza

The Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will have its annual Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Benson Park, located at 921 Buffaloe Road. The ever-popular egg hunt will be held promptly at noon.

The festival will also feature entertainment, games and crafts, food vendors and a visit by the Easter Bunny. The rain date is Sunday, April 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit the event website.

Town Wins Three Statewide Communications Awards

The Town of Garner has won three Excellence in Communications Awards from North Carolina City & County Communicators, matching the total it won in the organization’s awards competition last year.

The Town won first-place honors in the category of marketing tools-best use of promotional item for its All-America City video featuring Scotty McCreery, and in the category of communication technology-electronic external newsletter for the Garner Update e-newsletter. The Town also won second-place honors in the category of printed publications-brochure for its 2013 bond program informational brochure.

Please see the news release for additional details.

Lake Benson Boathouse Opens for Season

Lake Benson boathouse opens for the season on Saturday, March 15. Saturday hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Through June it will also be open on Fridays and Sundays noon-7 p.m. In July and August, the boathouse will drop the Friday hours but pick them back up in September and October.

Jon boats without motors are $4 per hour or $20 per day. Jon boats with motors are $10 per hour or $40 a day. Canoes are $5 per hour. Seniors get half-price rates on full-day rentals of jon boats. It's a CASH-ONLY operation.

There's FREE fishing from the dock.

The boathouse is located at 975 Buffaloe Road. The boathouse phone number is (919) 662-5703.

Learn about Hometown Showdown and More in March Newsletter

Stay connected to your hometown by reading the Garner Update newsletter. Please click the button below to read the March 2014 edition.

Garner Gears Up for Spring Eggstravaganza

Garner's annual Spring Eggstravaganza, sponsored by the Town's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, will be held at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ever-popular egg hunt will start promptly at noon. Please see the flier for more information, or call Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources at (919) 773-4442.

Chamber Expo Slated for April 10

The Garner Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Garner, is preparing to host its eighth annual Business and Consumer Expo on Thursday, April 10 at Garner United Methodist Church (201 Methodist Drive). Taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Expo will be a powerful business-to-business and business-to-consumer showcase providing local businesses with a full day dedicated to promoting their brands. In addition, consumers will have the opportunity to learn about local Garner businesses and the services offered. Please see the news release for more details.

Job Search Boot Camp a Success

The Town of Garner and North Carolina Housing Finance Agency held a Job Search Boot Camp on Feb. 25 at Garner Performing Arts Center with about 150 participants in two sessions.

Masters of Soul to Bring Motown Sound to Garner

Masters of Soul bring the greatest hits from the legendary Motown era to Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

Garner to Work with Google on Possible Fiber Project

Google announced on Feb. 19 that Garner is on a short list of municipalities working with the tech giant to explore the possibility of installing its Google Fiber TV service and ultra-high-speed broadband network, which provides Internet service 100 times faster than what is generally available today in the United States. Please see the news release for details.

Get the Latest Information About Town Bond Program

To learn the latest about the status of the projects that make up the Town of Garner bond program, citizens can now go online at to read the most recent status report.

Town Making Progress on Police Station

The Town of Garner continues to make progress on building a new police headquarters. The architects for the project, ADW Architects, have completed design/development drawings and are moving forward with construction drawings. Attached is a news release about the project as well as two artist renderings of the planned building.

Read All About Your Hometown in Citizen Newsletter

Learn about the new town engineer, the award won by the Garner Veterans Memorial and great upcoming shows at GPAC in the latest edition of Garner's citizen newsletter.

Job Search 'Boot Camp' in Garner Feb. 25

The Town of Garner is partnering with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency to hold a free job search "boot camp" on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). There will be two boot camp sessions that day starting at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please see the attached news release for details.

Garner Native Promoted to Town Engineer

Garner native Tony Chalk will have the opportunity to serve his hometown in a new capacity. Chalk last week accepted the Town’s offer to serve as town engineer. He was promoted from assistant town engineer following the retirement of former town engineer Frank Powell. Chalk’s promotion was effective Feb. 3. Please see the attached news release for more details.

Garner Eagerly Awaits Mortimer's Groundhog Day Prediction

Mortimer comes to Garner’s White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) to make his annual prediction on Groundhog Day (Sunday, Feb. 2) during a fun afternoon of activities from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Our friendly, clairvoyant critter will reveal his prediction to Mayor Ronnie Williams at 3 p.m.

A special feature of this year’s Groundhog Day celebration will be the release of some rescued and rehabilitated birds. People planning to attend the event can go to the White Deer Park Facebook page to request to be selected to release birds. Please see the news release for more details.

GPAC Offers Full Slate for Black History Month

Please see the news release for details about the events scheduled at Garner Performing Arts Center starting Feb. 1 to celebrate Black History Month.

Mayor Delivers Annual State of the Town Address

A video of Mayor Ronnie Williams' State of the Town address can be found at THIS LINK. Please click the button below for the full text of the speech.

Veterans Memorial Wins Award from Architectural Association

The Garner Veterans Memorial has won a Design & Manufacturing Excellence award from the Architectural Precast Association. Please click the button below for an article about the award.

The Town of Garner wishes to congratulate Garner resident Mon Peng Yueh, the primary designer of the memorial; Thomas Sayre, the artist who contributed the earthcast sculptures that are part of the memorial panels; and the Garner Veterans Memorial Committee, who oversaw the project to fruition.

The memorial was one of the three main projects featured in Garner's winning All-America City campaign.

Keep Up with What's Happening in Garner!

Get details about Groundhog Day at White Deer Park, Garner's MLK observance and Black History Month events at GPAC in this month's citizen newsletter.

Town Manager Earns Credentialed Designation

Garner Town Manager Hardin Watkins recently received the credentialed manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. He is now one of over 1,300 local government management professionals credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. Please see the attached news release for details.

Sign Up Now for Citizens Police Academy

The Garner Police Department is now accepting applications for its Citizens Police Academy, which begins in March. Please see the news release for more details and a link to an application.

Mortimer the Groundhog to Make Annual Prediction in Garner

Join Mortimer for Garner's annual Groundhog Day celebration at White Deer Park. Please see the flier for details.

MLK Observance Set for Jan. 19 at GPAC

Garner Performing Arts Center
Sunday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m.
Free admission

Join the greater Garner community for the fourth annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Rev. Charles Weldon Brooks, long-time pastor of Poplar Springs Christian Church on Old Stage Road, will be the headliner at this year's celebration.

The theme for this year's Dr. King remembrance is "One Nation, One Dream, We're Better Together." There is no charge for the event, but organizers are asking attendees to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to replenish the pantry shelves at Garner Area Ministries.

Marketing Efforts Ramp Up for Garner Technology Center

The Garner Economic Development Corporation's efforts to redevelop the Garner Technology Center site (formerly the location of the ConAgra Foods plant) continue, with an aggressive marketing campaign officially getting under way with an open-house event at the property on Dec. 11. To learn more, read recent news coverage in the News & Observer and IndyWeek, and watch this presentation on the Town's YouTube channel.

GPD Holds Annual Shop with a Cop

Nine local families, including a total of 36 children ranging from infants to high school students, enjoyed a brighter Christmas thanks to the Garner Police Department’s annual Shop with a Cop event held Dec. 14-15. Please see the news release for details.

S&P Boosts Garner's Credit Rating

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised its long-term rating on Garner's outstanding general obligation (GO) debt by one notch to AA+ from AA. The action reflects S&P's "view of the Town's consistently strong financial performance and very strong budget flexibility." To read the S&P report explaining its decision, please click the button below.

The December Newsletter is Here!

Parade and tree-lighting information and more in this month's Garner Update citizen newsletter. Check it out here.


Just a few months after being named an All-America City, Garner has earned another enviable accolade. Movoto, a San Mateo, Calif.-based real-estate brokerage frequently cited by major news organizations, has named Garner one of the top five cities or towns in North Carolina. Please see the news release for details. Movoto's full report can be found at THIS LINK.

Garner Public Information Officer Wins Statewide Awards

Garner’s public information officer, Rick Mercier, won two Excellence in Communications Awards from the North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers at its annual seminar on Nov. 14 in Chapel Hill. Please see the news release for details.

Public Meeting on Indoor Rec Center to be Held Nov. 25

There will be a public meeting on the Town's planned indoor recreation center on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). Please see the flier for details.

Grand Opening of Lake Benson Park TRACK Trail on Nov. 26

Over the past few years, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program has been installing a network of kid-friendly hiking trails called TRACK Trails in communities throughout North Carolina. The program has installed more than 50 TRACK Trails across the country.

Kids in Parks and the N.C. Recreation and Park Association will celebrate the grand opening of the Town of Garner’s TRACK Trail at Lake Benson Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. at the trail head by the shelter #1 parking lot. A guided hike will follow. Please see the news release for more details.

Officer Recognized for Crisis Intervention Work

Garner police Officer Steven Doak was recognized Oct. 31 for being the Garner Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year and one of Wake County’s CIT Officers of the Year. Please see the news release for details.

Fitness Event Planned for Nov. 23 at Lake Benson Park

Come on out for the Dance and B'Fit event on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Lake Benson Park. Please see the flier for details.

Read the November Newsletter Here!

The November Garner Update citizen newsletter can be read by clicking the button below.

Town Seeking Applicants for Veterans Advisory Board

The Town is seeking applicants for a new Veterans Advisory Board. The board will be composed of seven at-large members, at least four of whom will be honorably discharged veterans. This board may make recommendations concerning issues related to Town policies that affect veterans and will operate as a link between Garner residents and Town officials to explore ways to honor and recognize the service of area veterans.

Meeting dates and locations have not yet been established. For application or questions, please contact Kimberly Moffett at (919) 773-4456 or

Operation Medicine Drop a Big Success in Garner

The Garner Police Department collected over 27,000 dosage units of expired and unwanted medications on Oct. 26 at its fall Operation Medicine Drop event. Please see the news release for details.

Police Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Sunday, November 3, 2013 to examine all aspects of the Garner Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Brandon Zuidema announced today.

Verification by the team that the Garner Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, stated Chief Zuidema.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session November 4, 2013 at 5 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Garner Chamber of Commerce located at 401 Circle Drive in Garner.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (919) 773-4432 on November 4, 2013 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Garner Police Department, 900-C Seventh Ave. Local contact can be made with either Accreditation Manager Dana Clay or Sgt. Scott Crawford at (919) 772-8810.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Garner Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainsville, VA 20155.

Please see the news release for additional details.

Garner Earns National Award for Annual Financial Report

Garner's Finance Department has again earned recognition for its comprehensive annual financial report. Please see the news release for details.

Operation Medicine Drop Event on Oct. 26

The Garner Police Department is hosting a medications take-back event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Town Hall, Building B in the Council Chambers. The service is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked. By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters. More information about Operation Medicine Drop can be found at or by calling Sgt. Chris Adams at (919) 773-6072.

GTV11 Sets News Schedule for Broadcast of Council Meetings

The Town of Garner’s public, educational and government channel, GTV11, has established a new permanent schedule for broadcast of its previously recorded Town Council meetings. The new schedule is as follows:

Thursdays: 1 a.m., 10 a.m., 7 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m., 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 1 a.m., 10 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m., 7 p.m.

The most recent Town Council meeting will be aired during these times. The most recent meeting can also be viewed on demand on the homepage of Older meetings can be viewed by going to

GTV11 can be seen within town limits and in certain other locations outside town on Time Warner Cable channel 11 and on AT&T U-verse channel 99. The channel is not available on satellite television.

Time Warner Cable recently started broadcasting GTV11 in digital format only. To be able to view the channel in digital-only format, some Time Warner Cable customers may need to order a free digital adapter from the company. For more information, or to order a digital adapter, visit, or call Time Warner Cable customer service at 1-855-286-1736.

Garner Plans Veterans Day Observance

The Town of Garner and Garner Veterans Memorial Committee will honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 at a Veterans Day observance at Aversboro Road Baptist Church (1600 Aversboro Road). The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a patriotic mini-concert by the Garner Magnet High School symphonic band, followed at 11 a.m. by a program featuring guest speaker Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs Steve L. Muro, soloists Dana Stephenson and Dave Kamphuis and the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus from Aversboro Elementary School. Join other veterans, community leaders and elected officials to honor veterans on Veterans Day.

Garner to Hold Second Annual Trick-or-Treat the Trails

Garner will hold its second annual Trick-or-Treat the Trails at White Deer Park on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Trick-or-treaters can collect treats from local community organizations and businesses at this free event.

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking local businesses and organizations to volunteer their time and provide treats for the popular event. Last year’s Trick-or-Treat the Trails drew thousands of people and won a prestigious statewide award. Please see the news release for details.

NCDOT to Hold Meetings on 540 Southeast Extension

NCDOT will be holding three open-house meetings on the 540 Southeast Extension Oct. 14-16. Details on those meetings are as follows:

Mon., Oct. 14, 4–7 p.m.
Wake Tech Community College
Student Services Building
Rooms 213/214
9101 Fayetteville Road

Tues., Oct. 15, 4-7 p.m.
Barwell Road Community Center
3935 Barwell Road

Wed., Oct. 16, 6–9 p.m.
Holly Springs High School
5329 Cass Holt Road
Holly Springs

For more information on the 540 Southeast Extension, visit the NCDOT web portal on it. Please note the contact information at the bottom of that webpage. You can phone the project hotline or use the "contact us" form to register your comments with NCDOT.

Trick-or-Treat the Trails, Fireman's Day and More in Newsletter

The October Garner Update citizens newsletter is now available. Click the button below to read all about your hometown!

League of Municipalities Publication Features Garner

Southern City, a bimonthly publication of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, has an excellent feature on Garner's All-America City campaign in the July/August edition. Please click the button below to read the article.

Read the August Newsletter Here!

The August e-newsletter is now available. Click the button below to read it.


The July citizen newsletter (special All-America City edition) is now available. Click the button below to read it.


The National Civic League has named Garner one of 10 All-America Cities for 2013. Read the Town's news release by clicking below.

Town Reminds Citizens about Yard Sale Rules

The Town has issued a reminder about rules governing yard and garage sales and related signage. Please see the news release for details.

Read the May Garner Update Citizen E-Newsletter!

You can read all about the great things going on in Garner by clicking the button below.

McCreery Gives Back to His Hometown

It was Scotty McCreery Day in Garner on May 14, and McCreery – who took time off from his busy schedule to return home – marked the occasion by giving back to his hometown in several ways. Please see the news release for full details.

Learn More About Foreclosure Prevention Fund

Learn more about the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund by clicking on the button below and by visiting

Garner Wins Statewide Communications Awards

The Town of Garner has won three awards in the North Carolina City and County Communicators 2013 Excellence in Communications competition, which is open to local governments throughout the state. Please see the news release for more details.

Official Garner Bond Referendum Results

For official results of the March 12, 2013, Garner bond referendum, please visit THIS LINK.

March Newsletter Available

The March 2013 citizen e-newsletter is now available. Read it here.

Life Sciences Equipment Maker to Locate in Garner

UltraPure Systems, Inc., a Puerto Rico-based firm that builds equipment for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, will open an office and fabrication facility in Garner’s Greenfield North Business Park in the coming weeks.

The Garner facility, to be located in an existing space at 600 Greenfield Parkway, Suite 650, will have about 50 employees – composed of engineers and skilled craft – in the first year, UltraPure Systems President and CEO Cesar Roca said. It will become headquarters for the firm’s North American operations. Please see the attached news release from the Town of Garner for more details.

The December Citizen Newsletter is Here!

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Signs Recognize McCreery, Honeycutt

Woodgraphics of Raleigh has crafted and mounted new signtoppers that honor two young hometown heroes to the Welcome to Garner monument signage at town limits on eastbound and westbound U.S. 70. Please see the attached news release with photo.

Main Street Market Offers Shop Local Option during Holiday Events

The Garner Revitalization Association (GRA), Garner’s downtown revitalization organization, is offering local artists and entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their products during the holiday shopping season. GRA is "popping up" the Main Street Market in an empty storefront on Main Street during the town’s holiday events next weekend. Please see the news release for more details.