Nominations Being Accepted for Stevens Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award and will be accepted through July 1.

Anyone who has made substantial, outstanding contributions to the Town of Garner over a significant period of years is eligible for the award, now in its 29th year. Emphasis should be placed on service rendered over an extended period of time rather than just what has been done in the preceding 12 months. Preference will be given to nominees with 20-plus years of service, in keeping with James Stevens’ tradition of service spanning decades.

Non-residents of Garner are eligible if the award committee deems that they meet the necessary criteria. The award also can be awarded posthumously.

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges that includes Town officials, a Garner Chamber of Commerce representative, a Stevens family member or descendant and other members of the community. An award ceremony will be held to honor the 2016 recipient(s) at the Aug. 16 Town Council meeting.

The recipient(s) will receive an engraved plaque, and an engraved plate bearing his or her name will be added to the plaque honoring previous winners.

Please click the button below for a form, or pick one up at Town Hall (914 7th Ave.), the Garner Chamber of Commerce, Wake County Southeast Regional Library, Garner Performing Arts Center and at other select locations around town.

A form can also be requested by emailing Rebecca Schlichter, deputy town clerk for the Town, at or by phoning her at (919) 773-4456.

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Memorial Day

Trash and recycling collection will be one day later than usual for all routes during the week of Memorial Day (May 30-June4). For more information, please contact Public Works at (919) 772-7600.

Griffis Named Public Works Employee of the Year

Kenneth Griffis was selected the Town of Garner Public Works Department Employee of the Year for 2015 and presented his award at a picnic held by the department in commemoration of National Public Works Week on May 19. He was selected by his fellow employees after a nomination and election process.

Griffis began working in Public Works as a seasonal maintenance worker in September 1989 and was hired to a full-time position in the Streets Division as a maintenance worker in November 1991. He was promoted to equipment operator I in 1994 and lead equipment operator in 1997.

Griffis has worked hard to improve his skills both on the job and through training, Public Works Director Paul Cox said. While employed by the Town, he has completed 20 training classes and completed the requirements to be recognized as a Road Scholar by the Institute of Transportation Research and Education at N.C. State University. Classes included various subjects such as supervision, work zones, construction inspection, asphalt maintenance, safety, defensive driving, drainage and vegetation maintenance. He is certified as a work zone flagger instructor, forklift operator, commercial driver and excavation competent person.

During his career, Griffis has been involved in performing every duty in the Streets Division. On a typical day, he can be found leading a crew of himself and three others performing various tasks relating to pavement, sidewalks, vegetation, drainage and roadside maintenance. His crews are also involved in right-of-way cleanups, special event setups and snow removal as well as many other duties assigned to the Streets Division.

Beginning on a grass crew picking up litter and string trimming, Griffis steadily progressed to become proficient in the operation of every piece of equipment assigned to his unit. This includes backhoe-loaders, dump trucks, bucket trucks, front-end loaders, motor graders, asphalt rollers and all the associated small equipment.

“I’ve known Kenny since I came here in 1992. It’s been a pleasure to see him learn and progress from a maintenance worker on the Grass Crew to second in command in the Streets Division,” said Public Works Director Paul Cox. “Kenny hung in there when times were tough, took advantage of opportunities and demonstrated his dedication to our citizens by being reliable and dependable through any situation. We have worked through hurricanes, ice storms, a tornado, a centennial, a massive ‘American Idol’ homecoming concert, 23 July 3 celebrations and many other memorable events over the past 24 years, and Kenny has always been there to help. We are grateful for this and proud to recognize him as our Employee of the Year.”

Griffis grew up in the Garner area, attending schools in Auburn and Garner before completing his GED at Wake Tech. In discussing his award, he said he “enjoys the job and has learned a lot. I appreciate the support my coworkers have shown in selecting me for this award.” One of his favorite things he likes about his work is the “many different things we get involved in.”

Griffis resides in the Garner area and enjoys spending time with his granddaughter and trips to the beach.

Along with a plaque recognizing him as Employee of the Year, Griffis received an invitation for lunch with Town Manager Rodney Dickerson, a fishing pass or shelter rental, a personal parking spot and sign at the Public Works complex and a work pass the day of the July 3 celebration at Lake Benson Park, which typically is one of the busiest times of the year for Public Works staff.

Wortham Named Garner Finance Director

The Town of Garner has hired Pam Wortham to be the Town’s new finance director. She was brought on board as a temporary employee last September and has served as interim finance director since December.

“Ms. Wortham has performed admirably and has guided the Finance Department through a lot of transition over the last five months,” Town Manager Rodney Dickerson said. “She is also an integral part of the budget team. She was previously retired and planned for her stint here to be temporary. However, she was so pleased with the organization and the employees that she decided to make it long term.”

Wortham is a Garner resident who retired from state government in 2010. In her service to the state, she served as assistant auditor in the State Auditor’s Office, accounting manager with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and chief financial officer/deputy treasurer at the N.C. Department of the State Treasurer.

Since her retirement, Wortham has been providing assistance to local governments in developing training materials, assisting with fiscal year close-outs and working with newly appointed finance directors.

Library Reopens May 21 with Full Slate of Activities

The Southeast Regional Library (908 7th Ave.) reopens on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. Opening day will feature a special storytime at 10:30 and special performer at 2:30. Adults will be able to enter to win a Kindle Fire and teens can enter to win Beats headphones. Please see the news release for additional details.

Garner Named Playful City USA for Third Straight Year

For the third 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. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Playful City USA for the third consecutive time,” Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Director Sonya Shaw said. “Our parks and recreational facilities, programs and events provide numerous opportunities for citizens to be actively engaged in health, fitness and social activities.”

Key factors leading to this honor include expanded preschool and youth program offerings through the Avery Street Recreation Center and the popular Discovery Days series at White Deer Park. The adult basketball program with new age divisions (25 years and 40 years and older) demonstrates that the Town provides play for adults as well as children.

The mission of the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is to improve the quality of life in Garner by offering a diverse system of parks, facilities, programs and cultural resources. The Town’s parks, recreation facilities and the Garner Performing Arts Center offer superior activities—including fitness classes, athletics, camps, cultural arts and special events—for citizens ages 2 to 55 and over.

To see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, please visit

Boathouse Now Renting Kayaks

We're pleased to announce the addition of six kayaks to our inventory at Lake Benson boathouse, located at 975 Buffaloe Road.

The kayaks are available to rent for $5 per hour. The boathouse also has four canoes and 14 jon boats available for rent by the hour or by the day. Hours of operation are Fridays 12-7pm, Saturdays 7am-7pm and Sundays 12-7pm March through October. Friday operations are suspended in July and August.

Because Lake Benson is a water resource, personal water craft are not allowed to be launched in the lake.

For more information about the boathouse, contact Katie Lockhart Spencer at or (919) 661-6982.

GPD Holding BikeSafe Classes in May and June

In recognition of May being Motorcycle Awareness Month, BikeSafe-NC and the Garner Police Department invite motorcyclists to participate in a Rider Skills Day that will offer assessment on present driving skills and advice to help make their experience as a motorcyclist safer and more enjoyable.

There are two upcoming courses: May 13 and June 11. The class will start promptly at 8:45 a.m. at the police station at 912 7th Ave. To participate, riders must bring their properly registered street-legal motorcycle, legal helmet and eye protection along with current driver’s license or motorcycle learner’s permit and proof of insurance. Register now at; space is limited.

As well as professional riding techniques, topics covered include the system of motorcycle control, collision causation factors and security. The course is taught by highly qualified police motorcyclists passing on their wealth of knowledge and experience in a friendly and informal manner. The day will include both classroom-based advice and on-road ride-outs.

Whether you ride a high powered performance machine or a smaller commuter bike, if you are serious about staying safe on North Carolina's roads, you should reserve your seat in one of our Rider Skills Days now.

Watch a video about the course, and register here.

Town Seeking Citizens for Advisory

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.

Board of Adjustment: The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals from any order, decision, requirement or interpretation made by the Land use Administrator or other administrative officials inn carrying out or enforcing any provisions of the Town of Garner Unified Development Ordinance, and to hear and to decide applicants for special use permits, special exceptions and variances. This Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

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.

You can email, fax or mail your application to, fax 919-662-8874 or mail to Town of Garner, 900 7th Ave., Garner, NC 27529 Attention Rebecca Schlichter.

You can download the application at THIS LINK.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Schlichter at (919) 773-4456.

Learn About the Library's Reopening and Lots More!

Great news! The renovated Southeast Regional Library reopens on Saturday, May 21. Read this month's newsletter to learn more about the library's reopening celebration and about other fun upcoming events such as Friday Family Flicks, Downtown Sounds and the last It's Showtime! concert of the season at GPAC.

Downtown Sounds Coming to GPAC Back Lawn June 5

The Downtown Sounds music/food truck festival comes to the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Music acts are Swivel Hip and Liquid Pleasure. Food trucks include Ty's All Natural, Baozi, Captain Pancho's, King's Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks, Virgil's Jamaica, Two Roosters Ice Cream and Sweet Stacey Cakes. Local brewers Deep River and Double Barley also will be on hand. Learn more at the event's Facebook page and

N.C. State Bestows Honor on Garner Town Manager

Town Manager Rodney Dickerson has been named North Carolina State University’s Outstanding Public Administration Alumni for 2016.

Dickerson was the unanimous choice of N.C. State’s public administration faculty, according to an award letter from Professor and Chair of Public Administration Jerrell Coggburn. Dickerson will be formally recognized May 7 at N.C. State’s graduation ceremonies for its master’s in public administration (MPA) program.

The faculty noted Dickerson’s longevity with the Town of Garner, saying it exemplifies his strong commitment to the community and, in turn, the community’s trust in him.

“Clearly, your professional public service has made—and continues to make—an important difference,” Coggburn wrote in the award letter. “We are truly proud to claim you as an MPA alumnus and delighted to offer this award.”

N.C. State’s public administration faculty recognize the leadership and career success of an alumnus or alumna each year with the Outstanding Public Administration Alumni Award.

Dickerson graduated with an MPA from N.C. State in 2001. He has served in executive leadership roles with the Town of Garner since 2001. Dickerson was appointed town manager in March after having been interim town manager since January. He had previously served as an assistant town manager since 2004.

N.C. State’s Department of Public Administration is housed in the School of Public and International Affairs. For more information, please visit

National Magazine Features GPD Fitness Program

Here's an excellent article on the Garner Police Department's officer fitness program. It appeared in the May 2016 issue of the The Municipal magazine, a national publication.

540 Orange Route Clears Another Hurdle

NCDOT announced last week that Detailed Study Alternative 2 was selected as the preferred alternative for the Southeast Extension of the 540 Triangle Expressway project. The route goes from west to east and combines the proposed orange, green (southern portion), mint and green (northern portion) corridor segments.

According to the NCDOT website, the decision follows public input and coordination with federal, state and local agency partners. The route was selected as the preferred choice because it:

* is formally supported by all local governments
* minimizes the number of relocations of homes and businesses, compared to other alternatives
* avoids impacts to the Swift Creek watershed critical area (a source for Raleigh’s drinking water)
* avoids the Clemmons Educational State Forest
* avoids impacts to historic resources
* minimally affects only one local park

For more information, please visit

Town Wins Pair of Statewide Communications Awards

The Town of Garner was among 14 North Carolina governments to earn recognition in the ninth annual North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards on April 14 at the organization’s annual conference. The Town won two second-place awards in the categories of marketing tools (direct mail or print advertising) and printed publications (brochure).

The award-winning publications were the 2015-17 Guide to Garner, which was mailed to all households within Town limits last fall, and a color brochure distributed to select economic development prospects last year. Rick Mercier, the Town’s communications manager, led the Guide to Garner project and contributed written content. John Hodges, assistant town manager-development services, and Joe Stallings, the Town’s economic development director, co-led the brochure project along with Mercier.

“It is an honor to receive these awards from this highly respected organization,” Mercier said. “This type of peer recognition is a strong indicator that we are providing citizens with great informational materials and are also creating products that do a great job of promoting Garner.”

Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards were government communication professionals from Texas, Colorado and Florida. Each judge had previously won state or national awards.

Since 2012, the Town has won 10 Excellence in Communications Awards from NC3C for a wide range of print, broadcast and digital products as well as for its Scotty McCreery “American Idol” homecoming event in 2011. The Town also has won numerous other state and national awards over that time period for various communications and marketing efforts.

All the News That's Fit to Print--in This Month's Newsletter!

Garner gets a new town manager, downtown gets a new Main Street Champion, and the Police Department gets some new officers. Learn all about these developments and more in the latest citizen newsletter.

Garner PD Swears In Three New Officers

The Garner Police Department swore in three new officers at a ceremony on April 4 presided over by Chief Brandon Zuidema.

Silvestre Mendoza is a Marine who currently serves in the Reserves as a landing support specialist. He completed the basic law enforcement training program at the N.C. State Highway Patrol academy in 2013. He then served as a state trooper and, afterward, a member of the N.C. State University Police Department.

Kevin Peña began his law enforcement career with the Winston-Salem Police Department, attending the department’s basic law enforcement training program and graduating in 2007. He served with the Winston-Salem Police Department for five years before joining the N.C. State University Police Department.

Nathan Price graduated from East Carolina University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He graduated from the basic law enforcement training program at Wilson Community College in December.

For more information about the Garner Police Department, contact Capt. Joe Binns at (919) 772-8810, ext. 6074 or

Staff Mark Child Abuse Prevention Month

Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources team members gathered in the front lawn of White Deer Park last week to plant a garden--but not the kind of garden you might expect from a nature park. This one is made of pinwheels.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time set aside to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. In 2008, the pinwheel became the national symbol for child abuse prevention. Pinwheel gardens draw awareness to child abuse and show families in the community that they are supported.

According to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, more than 128,000 instances of child abuse and neglect were reported and investigated in North Carolina between July 2014 and June 2015. In the first quarter of their fiscal year, Wake County Human Services reported 1,422 child welfare assessments.

“Parks and recreational programs are safe places to play and create memories. We hope that the pinwheel garden will increase awareness for the prevention of child abuse so more boys and girls can have a safe, enjoyable childhood,” Assistant Director Rob Smith said.

The bright blue pinwheels will remain on display in the front lawn of White Deer Park throughout the month of April. For more information on ways you can help, contact Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina at (919) 829-8009.

Council Appoints Dickerson Town Manager

The Town Council named Rodney Dickerson as Garner’s new town manager at its March 29 work session.

Dickerson had been serving as the interim town manager since Jan. 5, when former town manager Hardin Watkins left to take the city manager job in Burlington. He previously had served as Garner’s assistant town manager and assistant town manager-operations since 2004. Prior to that, Dickerson was assistant to the town manager for over three years. He joined the Town of Garner in 2001.

Dickerson began his career in local government with the Town of Cary, where he worked for eight years in the Inspections Department.

“The Council and I place great value on Rodney’s well-demonstrated commitment to Garner,” Mayor Ronnie Williams said. “He is a consummate professional and has helped move Garner forward in a multitude of ways. He led the Town’s budget team for several years, has crafted important Town policies and has overseen essential operations.”

“Rodney has been an excellent liaison to numerous local and regional partners,” the mayor said. “He also is well-known and well-respected throughout the Garner community.”

In his role as assistant town manager-operations, Dickerson oversaw the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, Public Works and Information Technology departments as well as the neighborhood improvement manager. In addition to serving as interim town manager since this January, he also has filled that role for the Town during other brief periods.

“As a senior leader in our Town for 15 years, Rodney has built strong, positive relationships with our employees,” Mayor Williams said. “He has a great rapport with staff across all departments, and he’s widely admired for the way he leads by example. Our employees respect him for his willingness to jump in and help with whatever needs to be done to make the team successful.”

Dickerson earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1990 and a master of public administration degree from N.C. State University in 2001. He completed the UNC-CH Public Executive Leadership Academy in 2007.

Last fall, Dickerson received the credentialed manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and have demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

Highlights of Dickerson’s ICMA membership include completion of Leadership-ICMA in 2013, which involved graduation from the Senior Executive Institute program. He has also been a presenter at the ICMA annual conference.

Dickerson has also made significant contributions to a number of other organizations, including the N.C. City/County Management Association, in which he serves on the Executive Committee. He served as chair or vice chair of the organization’s state conference program committee for approximately 10 years. He also served as the local government representative on the State Building Commission from 2009-2012.

Dickerson is married to wife, Wendy. They have a young son, Jason.

To learn more about the Town of Garner, please visit

Pam Cash Named Main Street Champion

Pam Cash was honored as a 2015 Main Street Champion during the North Carolina Main Street Conference in Goldsboro on March 18. Please see the news release for details.

Egg Hunts, GPAC Shows and More Coming Up This Weekend

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Garner to Launch Leadership Academy

The Garner Leadership Academy is a series of classes offered to help you develop your skills as a neighborhood or community leader. Graduates of the Leadership Academy will be positioned to go on to leadership roles in neighborhood organizations, Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Committee, Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and the Veteran’s Advisory Committee.

Who May Attend
Garner Leadership Academy is free of charge for residents of the Town of Garner and its area of extraterritorial jurisdiction. The program is not open to residents outside of the Town of Garner. Completion of Garner 101 is not a prerequisite for this course but is highly recommended. Preference may be given to persons that have serve in leadership roles in homeowners associations or similar community groups as well as those in the business community. Class size will be limited to 15 to encourage participants to interact with each other and with instructors.

Class Schedule
June 9 – Leadership Development; Defining Personal Leadership Style (including True Colors Assessment)
June 16 – Understanding Group Dynamics; Understanding Group Dynamics/Group Facilitation
June 23 – Understanding Group Dynamics; Conflict Resolution
June 30 – Asset-Based Community Development; Principles of Asset-Based Community Development
July 7 – Asset-Based Community Development; Asset Mapping
July 14 – Asset-Based Community Development; Mobilizing Groups to Act/Leading by Stepping Back
July 21 – Graduation Ceremony

All classes, including the graduation ceremony, will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road).

For an application form, please click the button below. For additional information, contact Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

STOCK America Chooses Garner for Corporate HQ

STOCK America, Inc., a leading producer of sterilization equipment for the food and pharmaceutical industries, has announced it will be opening its corporate headquarters in Greenfield Park North in Garner. The new 17,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed this October. Please see the news release for additional details.

Boathouse Opens for Season on Friday

The Lake Benson boathouse (975 Buffaloe Road) is opening Friday, March 11 at noon for the season. Here’s the schedule and details:

Hours: March 11-Oct. 29--open Fridays noon-7 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays noon-7 p.m. Friday operations are suspended in July and August.

Activities: rent a jon boat or canoe; fish. Kayaks available for rental starting in April. There's free fishing from the boathouse dock when boathouse is open.

For more information:

Steel Wheels Roll into Town March 19

The Town of Garner and Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department are pleased to announce that the Americana group The Steel Wheels will play Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is part of the It’s Showtime series.

The band’s four members—lead singer/guitarist/banjo player Trent Wagler, standup bass player Brian Dickel, fiddler Eric Brubaker and mandolin player Jay Lapp—create music that combines the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show and the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers.

The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their mix of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound.

The band has been a festival favorite at Merlefest and Stagecoach and has won accolades from The Independent Music Awards and the American Music Association. They have been featured on National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage” and have even created their own roots music festival in Virgina called the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, which takes place in Mount Solon, Va., every July.

No Depression magazine said of The Steel Wheels: “These men don’t rely on clichés, but they do have their feet steady in the firmament of sophisticated folk music. Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams would be proud of their word play, their ambitious, colorful language in their story. ... The Steel Wheels should be enjoyed because they sound like no one else in roots music.”

Get your tickets early at or by calling the box office at (919) 661-4602 Monday-Friday between 1:30 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door.

Garner Property Admitted into N.C. Certified Site Program

The Garner Industrial Site in Greenfield Park South (GIS-GPS) has been adopted into the North Carolina Certified Site Program. The site consists of approximately 151 acres located along U.S. 70 and Raynor Road.

"Having a certified site in our community will help Garner stand out from the competition as we continue to market Garner as a great place to locate a business," Garner Economic Development Director Joe Stallings said. "We want to thank the property owners and economic development partners who have helped in this process. Without them we could not have made it through the certification process."

For more information about the Garner Industrial Site in Greenfield Park South or other economic development opportunities in Garner, contact Joe Stallings at (919) 773-4431 or

Great Shows, Great News and More

In this month's newsletter, you'll find information about great upcoming shows at Garner Performing Arts Center, as well as an update about the 540 Triangle Expressway project.

Spring Eggstravaganza Set for March 19

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Town of Garner annual Spring Eggstravaganza! Activities for kids of all ages will be provided at this free event taking place on Saturday, March 19 at Lake Benson Park (921 Bufaloe Road) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This year’s event will feature music, games, inflatables, crafts and more. Visit one of our food vendors to purchase treats like hot dogs and Italian ice. Be sure to bring your camera to have a picture taken with the Easter Bunny before the egg hunts begin at noon.

No pets are allowed during this event. Volunteering and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information about this event, please contact Kendrick Mayes at or call (919) 773-4441.

Greenfield South Named AT&T 'Fiber Ready'

Garner officials hailed today’s announcement by AT&T and representatives from Greenfield 40 Associates and Garner Economic Development that Greenfield South Business Park is AT&T "Fiber Ready," making the business park the first in the region to receive that designation.

"We are pleased to have the first ‘Fiber Ready’ business park in the Triangle," Mayor Ronnie Williams said. "This designation is one more tool that the Town can use to continue to market our community as a place of choice for 21st-century businesses. Having access to high-speed, reliable internet is no longer a luxury of the few but a necessity for businesses large and small."

"Naming Greenfield South a ‘Fiber Ready’ park will serve to reassure companies looking to locate in Garner that their telecommunications needs will be met," Garner Economic Development Director Joseph Stallings said. "The partnerships that the Town of Garner shares with AT&T and all of the other service providers in our area are what helps our community be prepared to meet the current and future needs of both businesses and residents."

To read AT&T's news release on the Fiber Ready announcement, please click the button below. For more information about economic development opportunities in Garner, please contact Joseph Stallings at (919) 773-4431 or by email at

Stella Gibson Named New Town Clerk

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

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 Also, check out this short promotional video on The Jones Family Singers.

Sign Up Now for Garner 101 Citizens Academy

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 for class information or to enroll.

Sign Up for Spring Citizens Police Academy

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 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

Town Offers Options for Storm Debris Collection

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.

Town Hall Staff Have Moved to New Temporary Locations

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.

White Deer Park Set for Annual Groundhog Day Festivities

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

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.

2016 State of the Town Address

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

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 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 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 Applications are also available at THIS LINK.

Town Wins Big Sweep Excellence Award

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

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

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

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

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

Town Awarded Grant to Go Toward Recreation Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$5,000 Reward Offered for Information on Mural Vandalism

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 Those who call or email will remain anonymous. Anyone interested in donating to the repair efforts for the mural can go to

Trick-or-Eat Food Truck Rodeo Set for Oct. 25

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

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!

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

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

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

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 or (919) 773-4456, or go to THIS FORM on our website.

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 office of the deputy town clerk for an application at (919) 773-4456 or by email at Applications are also available at THIS LINK.

PRCR Team Member Gets Promotion

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

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

Fire Department Video Wins National Award

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

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

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

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

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, or call Sgt. Chris Adams at (919) 772-8810.

Big Sweep/Litter Sweep Planned for Sept. 26

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

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

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.


Third Annual Carnaval Latino Set for Sept. 13

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, 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

Fire Department Video Nominated for National Award

“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

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

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

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.

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:

The registration deadline is Sept. 8.

Co-recipients of Stevens Award Named

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

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!

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

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

Garner's Main Street Program Earns Reaccreditation

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

Assistant Town Engineer Earns Pair of Honors

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

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

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

Food Trucks, Music and More in Your All-America City!

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.


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.