News

Stella Gibson Named New Town Clerk
2/8/2016

Stella Gibson was promoted last month to town clerk after having served as deputy town clerk and interim town clerk since December 2014. She succeeds Judy Bass, who retired in November. Please see the news release for more details.





The Jones Family Singers Coming to GPAC Feb. 21
2/2/2016

The Jones Family Singers will perform live at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. The gospel group was a huge hit at the Lincoln Center last summer and showcased at New York City’s globalFEST and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Jones Family Singers have crisscrossed the globe with appearances at South by Southwest (Austin, Texas), the Newport Folk Festival and Winnipeg Folk Festival. Tickets are $20 in advance--$15 apiece for groups of 15 or more! You can purchase tickets or learn more at garnerperformingartscenter.com. Also, check out this short promotional video on The Jones Family Singers.





Sign Up Now for Garner 101 Citizens Academy
1/27/2016

Garner residents are invited to enroll in the spring 2016 Garner 101 Citizens Academy beginning March 3. The adademy consists of nine weekly classes and a graduation dinner and ceremony. Classes are on Thursday evenings and generally run 6:30 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.

Garner 101 is designed to teach citizens about the Town of Garner government. The classes offer a wealth of knowledge about the Town and its services and programs. Garner 101 empowers citizens with knowledge about their municipal government that benefits their families and neighborhoods.

Participants hear presentations both from Town departments and service partners such as the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, the Garner Police Department, Raleigh Public Utilities and Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue, Inc. Classes include facility tours and displays.

Attendance at seven out of nine classes is required for graduation. Participants also must attend a Town Council meeting before graduation. Other encouraged out-of-class activities include going on a police ride-along, attending a Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources event and downloading the free garner info mobile app.

Enrollment is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or at rbuie@garnernc.gov for class information or to enroll.



Sign Up for Spring Citizens Police Academy
1/26/2016

The Garner Police Department will be conducting a Citizens Police Academy this spring. The Police Department is seeking interested residents to participate. The academy runs each week from March 8 through the May 10. All instructors are Garner police officers who will teach a variety of topics including:

• Investigations/domestic violence
• Use of force
• DWI, traffic enforcement and crash analysis
• Arrest, search and seizure law
• Plus much more!

This academy is an opportunity for residents to learn how their department functions and what training is required for police officers. It also provides an opportunity for citizens and police officers to interact and discuss various topics of interest. Anyone with an interest in law enforcement should apply.

Space is limited, so interested persons should apply as soon as possible at garnernc.gov/Departments/Police/CitizensAcademy.aspx or by calling Sgt. Sophia Sandlin at (919) 772-8810, ext. 5164 for an application or additional information. Sgt. Sandlin is also available via email at ssandlin@garnernc.gov.



Town Offers Options for Storm Debris Collection
1/25/2016

The Town of Garner has devised a cleanup plan in response to the debris that resulted from the recent inclement weather. The options for residents are as follows:

1) There will be a special debris pickup sweep starting on Feb. 8. Public Works crews will start pickup and do as much as they can handle each day. They will go through each neighborhood once, and their sweep will not be based on solid waste daily routes and colors. Therefore, if residents want to take advantage of this opportunity, they should have their debris curbside by the morning of Feb. 8. Residents do not have to bundle or prepare debris according to Town rules for usual curbside yard waste collection.

2) For residents who do not want to wait that long, debris that has been properly prepared per Town rules (see THIS PAGE for details) will be picked up by the Town's solid waste contractor, All-Star Waste, on regular pickup days.

3) For residents who choose to wait until after Feb. 8, the debris can be collected in April during the regular spring unprepared yard waste cleanup.

For more information, please contact Public Works at (919) 772-7600.



White Deer Park Set for Annual Groundhog Day Festivities
1/21/2016

If you want to find out whether we’ll have an early spring or six more weeks of winter, catch Snerd the Groundhog’s prediction at the Town of Garner’s annual Groundhog Day celebration at White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mayor Williams will announce Snerd’s prediction at noon. Please see the news release for more details.





January Newsletter Now Available Online
1/21/2016

The January 2016 edition of the Town's award-winning Garner Update newsletter is now available online. Please click the button below to read about Groundhog Day at White Deer Park, the opening of the new police station and the relocation of Town staff to allow for construction of a new Town Hall.





Town Hall Staff Have Moved to New Temporary Locations
1/21/2016

Town Hall staff have moved to temporary locations to make way for construction of a new, permanent Town Hall on the existing campus at 900 7th Ave. To see where everyone has moved, please click the button below. Staff expect to be in these temporary locations for up to two years.

Starting Feb. 1, Town Council, Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment meetings will be held (unless otherwise advertised) in a conference room at the new police station, located at 912 7th Ave.





2016 State of the Town Address
1/20/2016

Mayor Ronnie Williams' 2016 State of the Town Address, presented at the Jan. 19 Town Council meeting, can be read by clicking the button below.

To watch Mayor Williams' address, CLICK HERE.





Town Seeks Volunteers for Citizens Boards
1/7/2016

Town Seeks Appointee to Senior Citizens Advisory Committee

The Town of Garner is accepting applications for an appointment to its Senior Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee serves in an advisory capacity with the Town of Garner in planning, coordinating and directing of programs and activities at the Garner Senior Center. Committee members must be eligible to participate in senior activities by being at least 55 years of age. The committee meets bimonthly every third Friday at 9 a.m. at the Garner Senior Center. Interested applicants should contact the town clerk’s office for an application at (919) 773-4406 or by email at sgibson@garnernc.gov. Applications are also available at THIS LINK.

Town Seeks Planning Commission Member

The Town of Garner is accepting applications for an appointment to the Planning Commission for a citizen who resides outside Garner town limits but within the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). This committee requires some candidates to have experience in fields such as architecture, planning, development, landscaping, the arts or other fields related to urban design or appearance. The commission meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 900 7th Ave. Interested applicants should contact the town clerk’s office for an application at (919) 773-4406 or by email at sgibson@garnernc.gov. Applications are also available at THIS LINK.

Town Seeks Veterans Advisory Committee Member

The Veterans Advisory Committee is seeking to fill a vacancy. This Committee operate 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 bimonthly schedule. Interested applicants should contact the town clerk’s office for an application at (919) 773-4406 or by email at sgibson@garnernc.gov. Applications are also available at THIS LINK.



Town Wins Big Sweep Excellence Award
12/30/2015

The Town of Garner was awarded the 2015 Big Sweep Excellence Award by the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors at its 50th Anniversary Conservation Awards Celebration earlier in December. Wake County Big Sweep is a volunteer cleanup of local creeks, streams, lakes and wetlands countywide.

The Town conducts Big Sweep cleanups in both fall and spring, leading hundreds of volunteers in removing tons of unsightly litter from the environment. This is accomplished by two zone captains from two Garner Departments, Jaclyn Sumner in Engineering and Katie Spencer from Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. Kendrick Mayes from Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources also assists his town’s two Big Sweep zone co-captains.

Since 2006, the Town has engaged a total of 623 volunteers in removing 7,457 pounds of litter along Garner roadways and from White Deer and Lake Benson parks. The removal of trash improves Lake Benson, an important drinking water reservoir for Garner and Raleigh, as well as Swift Creek, one of Wake County’s largest tributaries to the Neuse River.

Garner’s volunteers come in all ages and from all walks of life—families with small children, teenagers, Scouts and youth groups, college students, adults from church groups and corporation employees.

"I work with many zone captains to make Wake County Big Sweep happen. The Town of Garner stands out for its professionalism, effectiveness and passion for going the extra mile," said Wake County Big Sweep Coordinator Sheila Jones.

To volunteer or for more information on Big Sweep events in Garner, call White Deer Park at (919) 661-6982.



Town Sends Resolution, Letter to NCDOT Regarding 540 Project
12/17/2015

Town leaders have sent NCDOT a Town Council resolution and a letter signed by Mayor Ronnie Williams and Town Manager Hardin Watkins supporting construction of the Southeast Extension of the 540 Triangle Expressway along the "orange route." The Town also expresses its opposition to the "red route." Click the button below to read the resolution and letter, both unanimously approved at the Dec. 15 Town Council meeting.





Dickerson Named Interim Town Manager
12/17/2015

The Town Council has named Assistant Town Manager-Operations Rodney Dickerson to serve as Garner’s interim town manager, replacing Town Manager Hardin Watkins, who is leaving the Town on Jan. 4 to become city manager in Burlington, N.C. The Town Council made the appointment during a closed session at its Dec. 15 regular meeting. Dickerson assumes his interim manager duties on Jan. 5. Please see the news release for additional details.





Holiday Events and More in the Latest Newsletter
12/3/2015

The December edition of the Town of Garner's citizen newsletter is now available. Learn about upcoming holiday events and more!





Ribbon Cutting Planned for Concessions Building
11/13/2015

The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department cordially invites you to a ribbon cutting for the new South Garner Park concessions building on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. The park is located at 1210 Poole Drive. The event will include remarks by Town officials and key stakeholders as well as the official ribbon cutting. Please see the news release for more details. Learn more about the Garner bond program at garnerbonds.com.





Town Awarded Grant to Go Toward Recreation Center
11/10/2015

The Town of Garner has been selected to receive a grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) in the amount of $217,500, which will be applied toward construction of the Town’s new recreation center. PARTF provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to local governments for parks and recreational projects to serve the public. Please see the news release for additional details.





Lots of Exciting Downtown Events Coming Up
11/9/2015

Lots of great holiday events and shows are lined up for you, starting with the first performance of the new Broadway Voices season on Nov. 21. Learn about it all in this month's Garner Update newsletter.





Holiday Events Coming Up Dec. 4-5
11/5/2015

The Town of Garner is getting ready for Light Up Main and the Garner Christmas Parade on Dec. 4-5. Please see the news release for details about these popular community events.





Update from NCDOT on Complete 540 Project
11/3/2015

The N.C. Department of Transportation issued the following news release on Nov. 3 regarding the Complete 540 project:

The N.C. Department of Transportation has received word the Federal Highway Administration has signed the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project known as Complete 540. This work will extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to the U.S. 64/U.S. 264 Bypass in Knightdale, completing the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area.

Originally, NCDOT had anticipated having the draft EIS signed by the Federal Highway Administration earlier this summer. With this change, the project’s timetable will adjust slightly. A revised timeline will be updated on the Complete 540 webpage as the information becomes available.

The draft EIS does not eliminate any of the alternatives for Complete 540. This signature paves the way for NCDOT to hold a review period for the draft EIS and schedule public meetings near the proposed routes. The meeting dates, times and locations will be announced once they are secured but are expected in early December.

NCDOT will rely on data from the draft EIS and public input from the public meetings to identify the path the route will take.

The draft EIS document will be made available soon via NCDOT webpage.



Sign Up Now for Showcase of Talent Audition
10/27/2015

Auditions for the 2016 Showcase of Talent will be held Thursday, Nov. 12 starting at 5 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center. They are open to anyone with a connection to Garner. Pre-registration is required. A registration form is included with the news release. Please click the button below for the news release and form.





Raccoon Tests Positive for Rabies in Garner
10/26/2015

On Saturday, Oct. 24, a 4-year-old dog in the 100 block of Munnsee Court in the Van Story Hills subdivision was involved in an altercation with a raccoon, which died in the incident.

The raccoon’s body was sent to a state lab, and it tested positive for rabies. The dog will be quarantined for six months as a precaution.

Town officials are taking measures to directly notify residents in the immediate area of the incident and are using this occasion to urge the public to make sure their pets stay current on their rabies vaccinations.

If residents have any questions about their pets’ possible exposure to rabies, they should contact their veterinarians.

For more information, contact the Garner Police Department at (919) 772-8810.



Town Seeks Participants in Holiday Events
10/23/2015

The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department (PRCR) is seeking entries for its two annual winter holiday events.

On Friday, Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Garner PRCR will host Light Up Main, Garner’s annual tree-lighting celebration. The event features holiday entertainment from local choirs, dance troupes and other talent. Performance slots are limited, and applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 13. Applications can be found HERE or can be obtained by e-mailing Jill McAllister at jmcallister@garnernc.gov.

The next day, on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m., PRCR will host Garner’s annual Christmas Parade. Local businesses, schools, churches and civic groups are encouraged to apply. Parade applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 13 for this event as well. Applications and parade details can be found HERE or can be obtained by emailing Jill McAllister at jmcallister@garnernc.gov.



$5,000 Reward Offered for Information on Mural Vandalism
10/19/2015

Garner Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for damage to the community mural at the new Garner Police Department headquarters at 912 7th Ave. The crime was reported Friday afternoon. A second incident was reported on Monday in the 500 block of Village Court. Police are asking anyone with information concerning these incidents to contact the Garner Police Department Crime Tip Line at (919) 772-8810 or at GPDtips@garnernc.gov. Those who call or email will remain anonymous. Anyone interested in donating to the repair efforts for the mural can go to www.gofundme.com/466pcrq4.



Trick-or-Eat Food Truck Rodeo Set for Oct. 25
10/16/2015

The Garner Revitalization Association’s wildly popular Trick-or-Eat food truck rodeo is back. This year it’s happening on Sunday, Oct. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. on Main Street in historic downtown Garner.

The lineup this year features 14 local food trucks: Backyard Bistro, OMG Chicken, Gussy’s Greek Street Food, Hibachi Xpress, Dusty Donuts, Jam Ice Cream, CJ’s Street Food, American Meltdown, D’Burritos Fresh Mex, King’s Authentic Philly Cheesesteak, Barone, Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck, Thai Box Zing and Ty’s All Natural. There will also be three local craft beer breweries on hand: Double Barley, Deep River and Fortnight.

Please see the news release for additional details.





Rabies Clinic Moved to Oct. 24
10/16/2015

The Town of Garner has rescheduled a recently postponed rabies clinic for Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the new dog park at Garner Recreational Park, located at 221 E. Garner Road. Please see the flier for details about this event.





Food Truck Rodeo, Trick-or-Treating and More!
10/16/2015

Learn about the Trick-or-Eat food truck rodeo, the free, family-friendly Trick-or-Treat the Trails and the current Towne Players show in this month's citizen newsletter.





Assistant Town Manager Earns ICMA Recognition
10/14/2015

Garner Assistant Town Manager-Operations Rodney Dickerson recently received the credentialed manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). He is now one of over 1,300 local government management professionals credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. Dickerson has 14 and a half years of professional local government executive experience. He has served as assistant town manager for the Town of Garner since 2004. Please see the news release for additional details.





Public Works Employee Snags Statewide Award
10/9/2015

Tyson Langdon has received the Fleet Manager of the Year Award from the Equipment Services Division of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Association. He was selected by the Division Board of Directors from nominations received around the state. Langdon manages fleet and facility maintenance operations for the Town as the Public Works Department’s services supervisor. Please see the news release for more details.





Town Seeks Appointee to Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
10/9/2015

The Town of Garner is accepting applications for an appointment to its Senior Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee serves in an advisory capacity with the Town of Garner in planning, coordinating and directing of programs and activities at the Garner Senior Center. Committee members must be eligible to participate in senior activities by being at least 55 years of age. The committee meets bimonthly every third Friday at 9 a.m. at the Garner Senior Center. Interested applicants should contact Deputy Town Clerk Stella Gibson for an application at sgibson@garnernc.gov or (919) 773-4456, or go to THIS FORM on our website.



Town Seeks Planning Commission Member
10/2/2015

The Town of Garner is accepting applications for an appointment to the Planning Commission for a citizen who resides outside Garner town limits but within the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). This committee requires some candidates to have experience in fields such as architecture, planning, development, landscaping, the arts or other fields related to urban design or appearance. The commission meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 900 7th Ave. Interested applicants should contact the office of the deputy town clerk for an application at (919) 773-4456 or by email at sgibson@garnernc.gov. Applications are also available at THIS LINK.



PRCR Team Member Gets Promotion
9/28/2015

Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that Sara Shaw has been promoted to recreation specialist. Shaw worked part time with the department for the last three years as a recreation leader and facility attendant. She was selected from an applicant pool of over 60 qualified candidates. Please see the news release for more details.





Trick-or-Eat Food Truck Rodeo Coming Up Oct. 25
9/23/2015

Fourteen food trucks, three local craft breweries and FREE parking--yep, all that and more at the second annual Trick-or-Eat food truck rodeo in historic downtown Garner on Sunday, Oct. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. Learn more at downtowngarner.com.



Fire Department Video Wins National Award
9/21/2015

The Town of Garner and PEG Media Partners earlier this month won a national Award of Excellence from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association for “Inside the Garner Fire Department,” a 30-minute documentary that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Garner Volunteer Fire- Rescue, Inc. The award category was one-time special programming for jurisdictions with population 55,000 or under. “Inside the Garner Fire Department” was filmed, directed and edited by PEG Media Partners’ Adam Carroll. Please see the news release for more details.





Garner Police Warn Public About Vehicle Break-Ins
9/16/2015

Garner police are investigating approximately 10 motor vehicle break-ins occurring in the areas of Forest Hills Apartments and Lorraine Village overnight. In these break-ins, the vehicles were unlocked and the suspect(s) took items left in the car such as loose change, wallets and other smaller items of value.

The Garner Police Department would like to remind residents to remember to LOCK, TAKE and HIDE when dealing with valuables in their cars. Always LOCK your car doors, even if the car is parked in your driveway or at your home. Thieves will often skip cars that are locked in search for easier targets. TAKE any valuables with you that are in your car to minimize the value of stolen items if your car is broken into. In the event that you are out shopping or running errands and have to leave valuables in the car, make sure you HIDE any valuables that you leave in the car. And finally, as a reminder, please call the police anytime you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood.



Garner PRCR Earns National Accreditation
9/16/2015

The Town of Garner is now the only jurisdiction in the United States to have nationally accredited police, public works and parks and recreation departments or agencies and to have earned All-America City status since the year 2000.

Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources joined the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies and departments across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and National Recreation and Park Association earlier this week. That recognition means the Town’s three largest operational departments—Police, Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources—are now all nationally accredited.

Please see the news release for additional details.





Learn About Your Hometown in the September Newsletter
9/8/2015

This month in our award-winning citizen newsletter, we cover the impending Town Hall move, the accreditation of our Public Works team and a whole lot more.





Operation Medicine Drop Event to be Held Sept. 26
9/3/2015

The Garner Police Department is hosting a medication take-back event on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Town Hall, 900 7th Ave. (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 also protecting our waters.

Please do not bring any liquids or syringes to the event, and leave medications in their original containers if possible.

For more information about Operation Medicine Drop, visit ncsafekids.org, or call Sgt. Chris Adams at (919) 772-8810.



Big Sweep/Litter Sweep Planned for Sept. 26
9/3/2015

The Town of Garner is celebrating National Public Lands Day by holding its fall Big Sweep/Litter Sweep on Saturday, Sept. 26. This annual project relies on volunteers from in and around the Garner area to help pick up trash along Garner roadways and in Town parks.

Participants will receive breakfast and equipment (gloves, bags, etc.) at 9 a.m. at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road). Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Registration can be completed online at THIS LINK or by calling White Deer Park Nature Center at (919) 661-6982.

On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Nature Center on the day of the event. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and bring sun protection.

According to the National Environmental and Education Foundation, National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country will come together to remove invasive plants, build and maintain trails, plant trees and remove trash.

For more information, contact White Deer Park Nature Center at (919) 661-6982.



Fireman's Day Set for Oct. 3
9/3/2015

Garner's annual Fireman's Day in downtown Garner is set for Saturday, Oct. 3. Learn all about it by watching this short promotional video.



Possible Alligator Sightings at Lake Benson
9/2/2015

There have been unconfirmed alligator sightings in and around Lake Benson. Please be mindful as you are boating, fishing and enjoying your time on the lake and at our parks.

If you think you have spotted an alligator, please call N.C. Wildlife at 919.707.0040 or the Town of Garner at 919.661.6982.

PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH OR FEED ANY WILDLIFE ON THE LAKE OR IN OUR PARKS.



Third Annual Carnaval Latino Set for Sept. 13
8/18/2015

The Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department announces its third annual Carnaval Latino, a festival celebrating Wake County’s Latin American community. This year’s event takes place Sunday, Sept. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center (125 Avery St.).

There are still limited spaces available for vendors to be a part of this event. If interested, please contact Jill McAllister at jmcallister@garnernc.gov, or call (919) 661-4602. Please note that all food vendor slots are filled.

For more details about Carnaval Latino, please see the attached news release and visit garnernc.gov/carnavallatino.





Fire Department Video Nominated for National Award
8/17/2015

“Inside the Garner Fire Department,” a 33-minute documentary about Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc., has been selected as one of three finalists for a national award recognizing outstanding television and video work by government communicators. The documentary can be viewed at THIS LINK. Please see the news release for details.





Deadline for Veterans Memorial Brick Orders Sept. 10
8/12/2015

The Town of Garner is still taking orders for engraved bricks to be placed in the Garner Veterans Memorial Walkway of Honor. The deadline for submission of brick orders is Sept. 10. Orders are expected to be sent for engraving shortly thereafter with installation planned for late October.

A brick can be ordered for any veteran regardless of location, age or type of service. Order forms are available at Garner Senior Center, White Deer Park Nature Center and on the Garner Veterans Memorial website.



Garner Site Inducted into Duke Site Readiness Program
8/12/2015

The Duke Site Readiness Program ended in Garner on July 30 with a presentation by site consultant firm McCallum and Sweeney about why prepared communities win economic development projects. The Town of Garner and the 152-acre Garner Industrial Site at Greenfield Park South were inducted into the program in April.

The program, sponsored by Duke Energy, is designed to help communities collect extensive information on properties to position them to be ready for development.

Please see the news release for more details.





Sign Up Now for Citizens Police Academy
8/7/2015

The Garner Police Department is currently accepting applications for the Citizens' Police Academy. This is your opportunity to learn how our Police Department works, to meet officers who work in your community and to learn more about what it means to be a police officer in Garner today.

The goal of the academy is to build relationships between officers and the community through better understanding of the Police Department's jobs and functions. It also provides a forum for feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Each week, one or more topics will be discussed by members of the Police Department. Participants will have opportunities for hands-on practical exercises where appropriate.

When?
The next academy starts on Sept. 22 and will run through Nov. 24. Class will meet on Tuesday nights 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Who can attend?
People who meet the following criteria:
· Age 18 or older
· Resident of Garner
· No felony convictions
· No misdemeanor convictions for one year

How long is the academy?
The academy is 10 weeks long, including graduation night. Each week, one class is taught from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Does it cost me anything?
No. All participants will be given handouts as needed. No books or other materials are required.

Can I miss classes?
You may miss up to three classes and still receive a certificate of completion and graduate. All other participants will receive a certificate of participation.

How do I register?
Please apply at this link:
http://www.garnernc.gov/Departments/Police/CitizensAcademy.aspx

The registration deadline is Sept. 8.



Co-recipients of Stevens Award Named
8/6/2015

Beverly Adams and Dr. Johnny Bagwell have been named co-recipients of the 2015 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. Ms. Adams and Dr. Bagwell will be recognized at the Aug. 18 Town Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. A reception in the lobby of building B of Town Hall (outside the Council Chambers) will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Please see the news release for more details.





PRCR Staff Relocated; Other Town Hall Staff to Move Later
8/4/2015

In preparation for the new Town Hall and Indoor Recreation Center construction projects (both part of the Garner Bond Program), Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) administrative offices have relocated to Garner Senior Center (209 E. Garner Road).

A staff member will remain at the PRCR Town Hall location until Aug. 28 to give the public a 30-day transition period to become aware of the office relocation. After Aug. 28, registrations and rentals will no longer be taken at Town Hall. Citizens can visit PRCR administrative staff at their temporary Garner Senior Center location Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to register for programs and rent shelters or facilities. Program registrations and shelter reservations also can still be made online at THIS LINK. You can also register for programs and rent shelters or facilities at White Deer Park and Avery Street Recreation Center.

PRCR adminstrative staff will move into their new permanent home, the Indoor Recreation Center, upon completion of that facility in the summer of 2017.

The other departments currently at Town Hall will continue the exodus in September, when the Police Department and Information Technology move into the new police station at 912 7th Ave. In October, Planning and Inspections will move temporarily into the police annex building at 400 Aversboro Road. Sometime between mid-November and mid-December, the remaining Town Hall staff will move into swing space at 914 7th Ave.

The new Town Hall, to be built on the existing Town Hall campus at 900 7th Ave., is expected to be completed in the first part of 2017.



The Latest Newsletter Is Out!
8/3/2015

Towne Players at GPAC, National Night Out and the Chamber's Connect conference--it's all going down in August. Learn what's happening in your hometown in the latest Garner Update newsletter.





National Night Out in Garner Slated for Aug. 4
7/14/2015

The Garner Police Department, in association with the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and Target, announces that the 32nd Annual National Night Out (NNO) against crime will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 6-8:30 p.m. The Garner Police Department will once again partner with Target of Garner in hosting an event at the Target store located at Garner Towne Square, 2700 Timber Drive.

Garner Police, Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc., Wake County EMS and other public safety agencies will be on hand to talk about the prevention of crime and ways to avoid unintentional injury. Target and other local businesses will be providing food and games for the whole family.

Several Garner neighborhoods are also planning to have their own events. Everyone is encouraged to leave outside lights on, lock their doors and get together with neighbors to recognize National Night Out. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs and youth events.

If you have any questions about National Night Out or would like to see your community get more involved in events like this, please contact Garner Police Sgt. Chris Adams at (919) 772-8810 or cadams@garnernc.gov.



Garner's Main Street Program Earns Reaccreditation
7/10/2015

Downtown Garner's Main Street Program has received 2015 national accreditation for its performance in 2014. It is the fifth consecutive year that downtown Garner's Main Street Program has received accreditation.

The accreditation performance standards set benchmarks for measuring a community’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach to commercial district revitalization. Standards include fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

More information about downtown Garner and the Garner Revitalization Association can be found at downtowngarner.com.



Assistant Town Engineer Earns Pair of Honors
7/2/2015

Assistant Town Engineer Jonathan Ham recently won two prestigious professional honors. Please see the news release for details.





For Second Straight Year, Garner Earns Playful City Status
6/17/2015

For the second consecutive year, Garner has been honored as a Playful City USA by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to preserving and expanding play opportunities for America’s children.

In partnership with the Humana Foundation, KaBOOM! this year is honoring 241 cities, towns and counties across the country for making their communities more playable.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department noted several recent developments that are making Garner even more playable, including the opening of the town’s first public dog park at North Garner Park, construction of dugout covers and new concession stands and restrooms at Garner Recreational Park and South Garner Park, and lower prices and increased enrollment in the department’s main summer camp, Camp Kaleidoscope.

For more information on the Playful City USA program, visit playfulcityusa.org.

Please click the button below for a news release with additional details.





Food Trucks, Music and More in Your All-America City!
6/4/2015

Summertime is a great time to get outside and enjoy all the fine things that Garner has to offer. Check out the latest newsletter to find out what's happening in your All-America City.





Town Plans Pair of Events to Mark Dog Park Opening
6/3/2015

The Town of Garner has two events lined up to officially unveil the North Garner Dog Park, a Garner Bond Program project located at 221 E. Garner Road (at the entrance to Garner Recreational Park). There will be a ribbon cutting on June 9 at 10 a.m., and a grand opening 9 a.m. to noon on June 13. Please see the attached news release for details.





Nominations Being Accepted for 2015 Stevens Service Award
6/1/2015

Nominations are being accepted through July 10 for the 2015 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. A nomination application can be downloaded on the FORMS PAGE. Please click the button below for a news release with more details.





Public Works Selects Employee of the Year
5/28/2015

Donna Huff has been named the Public Works Department's Employee of the Year for 2014. Please click the button below for a news release about Ms. Huff's accomplishments and contributions to the Public Works team.





Town Hires Downtown Development Manager
5/22/2015

The Town has hired Mari Howe to be its new downtown development manager. Please see the news release for details.





Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run May 28
5/19/2015

Mark your calendars for the law enforcement annual torch run relay for the Special Olympics. The Garner Police Department will be participating in the relay on May 28 as the flame of hope makes its way across North Carolina to the opening ceremonies of the state games to be held on May 29.

The GPD leg of the relay will start at the Garner Police Annex, located at 400 Aversboro Road. Runners will take the torch up U.S. 70 where it will be passed to Raleigh Police and the N.C. State Highway Patrol at the intersection of South Saunders Street (U.S. 70) and Tryon Road.

To participate in the run, please be at the Police Annex no later than 1 p.m. The run will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Please contact Officer Kevan Anderson at ksanderson@garnernc.gov or (919) 773-9594 if you plan to attend and advise what size T-shirt you wear.

All runners will receive a Special Olympics Torch Run T-shirt. Participation in the run is free; however, GPD is asking for monetary donations to benefit Special Olympics North Carolina.



Rabies Notice Issued for Garner Area
5/17/2015

Wake County has issued a rabies notice for the Garner area. Learn the details at THIS LINK.



Finance Director Completes School of Government Course
5/12/2015

Town of Garner Finance Director Emily Lucas recently completed the Municipal and County Administration course offered by UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Government. Please see the news release for more details.





Food Trucks, Dog Park Grand Opening and More!
5/11/2015

After last fall's Trick-or-Eat food truck rodeo, we heard lots of people say they wanted more of those type events--but with more live music. Well, the Town and the Garner Revitalization Association have responded by putting together what is sure to be a great event on June 7. Read all about it--plus lots more--in the most recent Garner Update newsletter.





Garner Police Department Swears In Two New Officers
5/5/2015

The Garner Police Department on May 4 welcomed its two newest officers, Hunter Miller and Patrick McGuire. Please see the news release for more details.





Summer Youth Basketball Available at Avery Street Rec Center
5/1/2015

The Avery Street Recreation Center summer youth basketball league is designed to teach and enhance basketball knowledge and skills in a recreational and fun atmosphere for youth ages 5-17. League assignments are based on the player’s age as of May 1, 2015. League meetings will begin Monday, May 18.

Volunteer Coaches Needed
The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking qualified volunteer coaches for youth basketball leagues.

For more information and an application, please contact Jack Baldwin at (919) 662-5051 or jbaldwin@garnernc.gov.



Fair Housing Meetings Coming Up in Wake County
4/30/2015

A regional analysis of impediments to fair housing choice is now underway in Wake County, and there will be a number of local public meetings on the subject in early May. Please click the button below for a flier with more information on these meetings.





Town Unveils New Development Services Newsletter
4/29/2015

In an effort to provide even better service to the development community, the Town of Garner has launched a Development Services Update newsletter. In the inaugural edition, we highlight changes to the Town's Water/Sewer Allocation Policy. Please click the button below to read the spring 2015 newsletter.





Wake Transit Public Meeting Planned at Senior Center May 13
4/28/2015

Wake Transit is planning a series of events to educate the public about transit plan options and to solicit public feedback. One event will be held at the Garner Senior Center on May 13 at 6 p.m. Learn more by reading the news release.





Go Over the Edge with GPD for Special Olympics
4/27/2015

The Garner Police Department will be putting together another team of daring individuals interested in going Over the Edge for Special Olympics. The event will take place on October 3, 2015. Participants will rappel down 30 stories of the Well Fargo Capitol Center in downtown Raleigh. In order to participate in the event, you must raise at least $1,000 by the event date. If you are interested in joining Team Garner in this once-in-a-lifetime event, please contact Officer Kevan Anderson by email at ksanderson@garnernc.gov or by phone at 919-773-9594.



Bike Safety Event Slated for White Deer Park on May 2
4/23/2015

May is National Bike Month, and White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) is celebrating with a Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, May 2. The event will be held in the east side of the park and will feature safety instruction from the Garner Police Department, bicycle races, giveaways and more. Dick’s Sporting Goods has donated vouchers for two free helmets, and Garner Optimist Club has donated two bicycles to give away.

This free event will start at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up at noon. For more information about the Bicycle Rodeo or other events and programs at White Deer Park, contact Katie Lockhart, outdoor education and parks manager, at klockhart@garnernc.gov or (919) 661-6892.



Town Wins Honors for Pair of Financial Reports
4/20/2015

The Town has won a pair of awards for its financial reports from the Government Finance Officers Association.

For the first time ever, the Town of Garner has received the GFOA’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). The report was for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

The Town completed a PAFR based on GFOA guidelines for the first time last year. Jamie Ludovic, formerly the Town’s budget and special projects manager, and Rick Mercier, the Town’s communications manager, were primarily responsible for the report.

The Town also has been honored again by the GFOA for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which also covered the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. It is the 25th consecutive year that the Finance Department has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the CAFR. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, the GFOA said in a statement.

The award-winning reports can be read online at THIS LINK. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.



GPAC Shows, Movies in the Park and More!
4/17/2015

The latest edition of the Garner Update citizen newsletter is full of information about events coming up this spring. Check it out!





Town Seeks Volunteers for July 3 Celebration
4/2/2015

The Town's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking partners to help make the annual July 3 celebration at Lake Benson Park a success. Please click the button below to learn how you can get involved.





E-Recycling Event Planned for April 18
3/25/2015

Garner technology company Wingswept is having its annual Technology Spring Clean electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 800 Benson Road. Please click on the button below to view a poster with more information.





Mayor's Show Wins Another Statewide Award
3/25/2015

“Great People in Garner” with Mayor Ronnie Williams received a first-place award in the talk/interview show category from N.C. City and County Communicators (NC3C) at the organization’s annual awards luncheon on March 19.

This is the second first-place, statewide award for the show in the past four months. In November, “Great People in Garner” received a first-place award, also in the talk/interview show category, from the N.C. Association of Government Information Officers.

To watch episodes of the show online, please visit the Town's YouTube channel.



GPD Holds Successful Operation Medicine Drop Event
3/24/2015

The Garner Police Department collected 140 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from the public at an Operation Medicine Drop event held at Town Hall on March 22. Please see the news release for more details.





Town Hires New Budget and Special Projects Manager
3/13/2015

The Town of Garner has hired Michael Gammon, formerly a management fellow with the Town, to be its budget and special projects manager. Please see the news release for details.





Nextdoor Service to Improve Neighborhoods, Public Safety
3/12/2015

According to a recent study, 93 percent of Americans say it’s important to look out for each other, yet only half of them know a single neighbor by name. That’s why Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, was created. Nextdoor’s mission is to bring back a sense of community to neighborhoods everywhere by offering free neighborhood websites specifically designed to foster conversations among neighbors and build stronger, safer communities.

Garner neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor, and now the Garner Police Department and Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie have adopted the platform to connect with residents to improve safety, strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts and share information about public events, important town news and neighborhood improvement initiatives.

On Nextdoor, neighbors create private websites to get to know one another, ask questions and exchange local advice and recommendations. The Garner Police Department and Mr. Buie will now be able to share important safety information, emergency notifications and neighborhood improvement notifications to residents on a neighborhood level through Nextdoor.

Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood--including the Garner Police Department or other Town staff--or found on Google or other search engines. Town staff will not be able to see any of the content on neighborhood websites except for direct replies to police or Town posts. Nextdoor also never shares personal information with any third parties.

Nextdoor is not the appropriate way to request emergency services, police services, report criminal or suspicious activity or file a report. If you require emergency services, or wish to report suspicious activity, please call 911. The police also have a non-emergency line at (919) 772-8810.

Mr. Buie can be reached directly at (919) 773-4446 or rbuie@garnernc.gov.

Please join your neighbors, the Garner Police Department and Mr. Buie in building a stronger, safer Garner today at nextdoor.com, or by downloading the free app (search “nextdoor” where you usually download your apps).



Boathouse Opens for Season March 13
3/10/2015

The Town of Garner's Lake Benson boathouse (975 Buffaloe Road) will open for the season Friday, March 13. One of the Triangle’s best-kept fishing secrets, Lake Benson is a 364-acre body of water known for its excellent bass and crappie fishing.

The boathouse features jon boats (with or without trolling motor and battery) and canoes for rent. Boats without motors are $4/hour or $20 daily. Boats with motors are $8 hourly or $40 for the day. Canoes are $5/hour. There is also free fishing from the boathouse dock when the boathouse is open.

Boathouse hours of operation are Friday noon-7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-7 p.m. For more information, call (919) 662-5703 or visit the boathouse webpage.



March Newsletter Now Available Online
3/9/2015

The March 2015 newsletter includes information about spring events, including the Spring Eggstravaganza on March 28, as well as details on how to support Garner in the N.C. League of Municipalities' Hometown Showdown Facebook photo contest.





S&P Credit Rating Affirms Garner's Economic Strength
3/6/2015

Citing Garner's strong economic conditions, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has given the Town of Garner its "AA+" credit rating ahead of a bond issuance by the Town later this month. Please see the news release for details.





Force Main Work to Affect White Deer Park
2/19/2015

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities will begin a construction project soon that will affect accessibility at White Deer Park over the next several months.

A new force main sewer line is being installed from the pump station located on the western side of the park, which will go to Aversboro Road and then south on Buffaloe Road. During this time, sections of the South Garner Greenway/White Deer Loop Trail will be closed to pedestrians. The City of Raleigh and Town of Garner will make every effort to minimize inconvenience to park visitors, including identifying alternate access to allow for continued use of trails.

For questions about this project, or to receive regular e-mail updates regarding the project, contact Janeen Goodwin at Janeen.Goodwin@raleighnc.gov or (919) 996-3494.



February Citizen Newsletter Now Available
2/15/2015

Learn about Google Fiber, the Feb. 21 Showcase of Talent, the final Broadway Voices show of the season and more in the latest Garner Update newsletter.





Notice About Increased Reported Coyote Sightings in Area
1/29/2015

There has been an increased number of reported coyote sightings in the Garner area recently. These highly adaptive animals are present in all 100 counties in North Carolina and have expanded into urban and suburban areas. Coyotes are shy and generally afraid of humans, and it is extremely rare for them to approach humans. Nevertheless, pets should be leashed or kept close and monitored at all times. Pets in Town of Garner parks must be leashed at all times.

The Town of Garner has compiled an FAQ sheet about living with coyotes based on information from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and other sources. Please click the button below to view it.

For more information on coyotes (including hunting and trapping regulations), contact the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at (919) 707-0010, or visit the agency’s website at ncwildlife.org.





GOOGLE FIBER COMING TO GARNER
1/27/2015

Google announced today that it would be bringing its ultra-high-speed Google Fiber network to Garner. Learn more at this blogpost from Google. Please click below for the Town's news release.





Mayor Williams' State of the Town Address
1/20/2015

Last year was another great one for Garner, and the best is yet to come. Mayor Williams explains it all for Garner citizens in this year's State of the Town address. Please click the button below to read the text of the mayor's speech. To watch Mayor Williams' video presentation of the speech, please CLICK HERE.





Dog Park Construction, Groundhogs and More!
1/15/2015

The January edition of the Garner Update citizen newsletter is now available. Please click the button below to enjoy it.





New Restaurants Coming to White Oak
12/12/2014

Additional tenants have been announced for buildings at White Oak near where the new Cabela’s is being constructed:

- Longhorn Steakhouse will locate on an outparcel next to Carolina Ale House (yet to be built but announced this past summer) fronting U.S. 70 westbound on the same site as Cabela’s—the northeast quadrant of U.S. 70 and Jones Sausage Road. The company has about a dozen North Carolina locations including Brier Creek in Raleigh and Beaver Creek Commons in Apex. longhornsteakhouse.com, carolinaalehouse.com

- City Barbeque, an Ohio-based restaurant chain, will locate in one of the two multitenant buildings along Cabela’s Drive on that same northeast quadrant. The company currently has one North Carolina restaurant located in Cary. citybbq.com

- Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a popular DC-area-based burger chain, will also locate in one of the two multitenant buildings along Cabela’s Drive (same northeast quadrant). The company has about a dozen Triangle-area locations. fiveguys.com





See What's Coming to Garner!
12/11/2014

A dog park, an engineering firm and Old St. Nick--that's what's coming to town! Read all about it in the December newsletter.





Town Hires Assistant Planning Director
12/5/2014

Jeff Triezenberg started work on December 1 as assistant planning director for the Town of Garner. He fills a new position funded in the Town’s fiscal year 2014-15 operating budget. The position was created in anticipation of a greatly increased workload in the Planning Department due to expected rapid residential and commercial growth in Garner in the coming years. Triezenberg brings 10 years of experience as a senior planner in the Town of Knightdale and over six years with the City of Burlington as a planner and GIS administrator.

Please see the news release for more details.





Overland Contracting Moving Headquarters to Garner
12/5/2014

Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, along with the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., announced on Dec. 5 that 89 new jobs will be coming to Garner over the next three years. Overland Contracting, Inc., will open its headquarters in Garner with an $8.4 million investment in its facilities that are being built to support more than 90 of the company’s professionals. Please see the news release from the Governor's Office for more details.





Town Welcomes News of Company HQ Move to Garner
12/5/2014

Here is a prepared statement by Mayor Williams on the Dec. 5 economic development announcement by the Governor’s Office about Overland Contracting, Inc.





Mayor's Show Wins Statewide Award
11/14/2014

The Town of Garner and PEG Media Partners earned a first-place 2014 Excellence in Communications Award from the N.C. Association of Government Information Officers for the television program “Great People in Garner” with Mayor Ronnie Williams. To watch past episodes of "Great People in Garner," please visit the Town's YouTube channel.





Holiday Event Info and More in November Newsletter
11/9/2014

The November edition of the Garner Update citizen e-newsletter is now available. Get the news on holiday events, our new assistant town manager-development services and more.





Beasley Moves into Inspections Director Position
9/10/2014

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
9/10/2014

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
8/28/2014

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





Read All About Your Hometown in Citizen Newsletter
8/6/2014

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





June Newsletter Now Available!
6/12/2014

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 NAMED ONE OF TOP FIVE CITIES OR TOWNS IN NC
11/21/2013

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.