Spring Unprepared Yard Waste Schedule

Public Works has set the schedule for the spring unprepared trash and yard waste pickup:

* Monday (red and gray) and Wednesday (orange and white) routes: service on April 13.
* Thursday (purple and yellow) and Friday (brown only) routes: service on April 20.
* Friday (blue only) and Tuesday (green, gold and tan) routes: service on April 27.

Residents can place trash, some bulky waste items and up to four rimless tires behind the curb for collection. No appliances or hazardous wastes will be collected, but televisions and computer equipment will be accepted. No waste produced by any commercial tree service or other commercial activity/paid services will be picked up.

Household items and yard waste to be collected can be placed behind the curb up to one week prior to the designated Monday for your route. Please make separate piles for yard waste, trash and bulk wastes.

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

E-Recycling Event Planned for April 18

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

“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

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

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

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

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

Boathouse Opens for Season March 13

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

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

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.

Lots of Great Things Happening at Our Parks in March

Lake Benson Boathouse Re-Opens March 13
The Lake Benson Boathouse is scheduled to reopen Friday, March 13. Often referred to as “Garner’s best kept fishing secret,” Lake Benson is a 364-acre water resource known for its excellent bass and crappie fishing. The boathouse features jon boats (with or without trolling motor and battery) and canoes for rent. Boathouse hours of operation are Friday 12-7pm, Saturday 7am-7pm and Sunday 12-7pm.

Get Your Dog Ready for the Grand Opening of Garner’s New Dog Park!
Veterinarians will be at White Deer Park to provide rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs. Both 1- and 3-year vaccines will be available for $10. (Proof of 1-year vaccination must be shown to be eligible for 3-year vaccination.) Pet owners will be provided with a Rabies Vaccination Certificate and tag. Please note that only cash will be accepted at this event. The clinic will start at 9am and end at 12pm on Saturday, March 14.

Nature Programming at White Deer Park
Join one of our environmental educators to explore the natural world at one of our programs. Discovery Days, Toddler Nature Time and Eco-Explorers are held on the first, second and third Thursday of each month, respectively. This month, we also have a night hike scheduled for Friday, March 20. For more information or to sign up for a program, visit us online at If you would like to schedule your own group program for a birthday or group of students or scouts, contact our education office at 919.773.4435 or

Celebrate NC Arbor Day with Free Tree Sapling
While supplies last, White Deer Park Nature Center will be giving away free tree saplings to celebrate North Carolina Arbor Day on Friday, March 20 from 12 to 5pm. NC Arbor Day is a day set aside each year to focus on how important trees are to the beautification and conservation of our state’s resources. This year’s sapling is the Black Walnut.

Spring Eggstravaganza
Garner’s annual egg hunt will be held on Saturday, March 28 at Lake Benson Park. This event features games, inflatables, crafts, a magician with live animals, face painting and, of course, egg hunts! The event starts at 10am.

Force Main Work to Affect White Deer Park

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 or (919) 996-3494.

February Citizen Newsletter Now Available

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.

Town Earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has presented the Town of Garner with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Town’s fiscal year 2014-15 budget. It is the 18th year that the Town has won the prestigious award. Please see the news release for details.

Customer Alert Regarding Water and Sewer Line Protection Programs

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities, which provides water and wastewater service to Garner residents, has issued a customer alert regarding water and sewer line protection program solicitations that deceptively appear to be in collaboration with the City of Raleigh. Please click the button below for a news release with more information from the City of Raleigh Public Utilities.

Notice About Increased Reported Coyote Sightings in Area

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


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.

Town Hires New Economic Development Director

The Town has hired Joe Stallings to be its next economic development director. Please see the news release for details.

Garner Welcomes Snerd for Groundhog Day Prediction

Garner’s annual Groundhog Day event at White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) will feature Snerd this year. The event is Monday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please see the news release for more details.

Mayor Williams' State of the Town Address

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.

Sign Up Now for Spring Garner 101

Citizens can now enroll in the spring 2015 Garner 101 Citizens Academy, which starts on March 5 and will run on successive Thursdays through May 14. Classes are in the evening, generally from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To learn more, click the button below, or contact Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or

Dog Park Construction, Groundhogs and More!

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

Two Public Meetings Coming Up on Indoor Rec Center

The Town will hold two informational meetings in January on the indoor recreation center planned for downtown at the corner of Main and Montague streets. The first meeting will be Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. at Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road). The second will be Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in building B of Town Hall (900 Seventh Ave.)

For additional information, contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at (919) 773-4442.

Garner's Annual MLK Celebration Jan. 18

Garner's fifth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held Sunday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road).

Keynote speaker for this year's event is the Rev. Vernon Tyson, a longtime Methodist minister who was active in the Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina in the 1960s and 1970s. His son's memoir, "Blood Done Sign My Name," recounts in part the story of Rev. Tyson's efforts to seek justice and peace following the killing of an African-American man in Oxford, N.C.

WRAL's David Crabtree will be the emcee for this year's event. The Die Master Singers from Garner Magnet High, the Creech Road Elementary chorus and Kevin and Savannah Richmond will perform.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a reception for the African-American Women Art exhibit on display in the GPAC front lobby Jan.15-Feb. 28. The exhibit showcases the art of LeGrant Taylor, Eric McRay, Shawn Etheridge, FRANCO, Jermaine Powell, Delvecchio Faison and Jaylan Rhea.

Get the Lowdown on Your Town's Fiscal Health

Learn all about your town's financial health by perusing the Popular Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

Google Releases Statement on Google Fiber Project

On Dec. 18, Google released a statement updating the public on the company’s progress in deciding whether to bring Google Fiber high-speed Internet to Garner and other communities in the Triangle and nation. The Town of Garner will continue to work closely with Google to ensure that the company has everything it needs from the Town to bring high-speed Internet to Garner.

Here is Google's statement in its entirety:

"This year gigabit Internet has moved from idea to reality, as mayors and city leaders across America have stepped up and made high-speed broadband access a priority for their community. We’ve been working closely with cities around the U.S. to figure out how we could bring them Google Fiber, and we’re grateful for their vision, commitment, and plain old hard work. While we were hoping to have an update for cities before the holidays, we have a bit more work to wrap up; we’ll be back in touch sometime early next year."

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.

New Restaurants Coming to White Oak

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.,

- 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.

- 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.

See What's Coming to Garner!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Garner Names New Assistant Town Manager-Development Services

The Town has named Garner Revitalization Association Executive Director John Hodges as the new assistant town manager for development services. Please see the news release for details.

Register Now for Showcase of Talent Audition

Auditions for the 2015 Garner Showcase of Talent will be held Nov. 13 starting at 5 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). For more information and an audition registration form, visit or call Debbie Dunn at (919) 661-6972. Registration is required. The deadline for registration is Nov. 10.

Public Works Department First in State to Earn Accreditation

Congratulations to the Town of Garner's Public Works Department for becoming the first public works department in the state to be accredited by the American Public Works Association and only the 95th in North America. The department was commended for 12 "model practices"--nine related to grounds work and one each for facilities inventories, strategic plan and customer service (i.e. the Town's garner info app). Please read the news release for more details. To download the free garner info app, please go to THIS LINK.

Food Truck Rodeo, Trick-or-Treat Options and More!

The October Garner Update citizen newsletter is now available, and it's chock full of news about great events happening in your hometown this month. Click the button below to read all about it!

Town Seeks Sponsors for Popular Halloween Event

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking local businesses and organizations to volunteer their time and provide treats for Trick-or-Treat the Trails on Friday, Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at White Deer Park. Please see the news release for more details.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Read the November Newsletter Here!

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

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.

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.