Press Releases

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

The Garner Police Department is hosting a medication take-back event on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Town Hall, 900 7th Ave. (building B in the Council Chambers). The service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked. Please see the news release for more details.





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

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





Tercer Anual Carnaval Latino Sera el 13 de Septiembre
8/21/2015

El departamento de Parques, Recreación y Recursos Culturales de la Ciudad de Garner anuncia su tercer anual Carnaval Latino. Un festival que celebra la comunidad latinoamericana del condado de Wake. El evento de este año se llevará a cabo el Domingo, 13 de septiembre desde las 1 p.m.-4 p.m., atrás del centro de artes escénicas de Garner (Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St.). Para obtener información adicional, por favor visite garnernc.gov/carnavallatino.





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

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

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

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





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

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





Solid Waste Schedule to Change Labor Day Week
8/14/2015

During the week when Labor Day falls (Sept. 7-12), there will be next-day service for all routes:

MONDAY’S ROUTES (red and gray) will be worked on TUESDAY, Sept. 8.

TUESDAY’S ROUTES (green, gold and tan) will be worked on WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9.

WEDNESDAY’S ROUTES (white and orange) will be worked on THURSDAY, Sept. 10.

THURSDAY’S ROUTES (purple and yellow) will be worked on FRIDAY, Sept. 11.

FRIDAY’S ROUTES (blue and brown) will be worked on SATURDAY, Sept. 12.

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



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

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

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

Please see the news release for more details.





GPD Offering Free Citizens Academy
8/7/2015

The Garner Police Department is now accepting applications for the fall 2015 Citizens’ Police Academy, which begins Sept. 22. Please see the news release for details, including a link to where citizens can register for this free course.





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

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





PRCR Administrative Staff Moving to Senior Center
7/28/2015

In preparation for the new Town Hall and Indoor Recreation Center projects, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources administrative staff are moving to a temporary location at the Garner Senior Center, 209 E. Garner Road. Please see the news release for more details.





National Night Out in Garner Slated for Aug. 4
7/16/2015

The Garner Police Department, in association with the National Association of Town Watch and Target, will hold the 32nd Annual National Night Out against crime on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Garner Police Department will again partner with Target of Garner in hosting an event at the Target store located at Garner Towne Square, 2700 Timber Drive. Please see the news release for more details.





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

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





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

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





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

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





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

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





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

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





Town Hires Downtown Development Manager
5/22/2015

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





Town Selects Its Next Human Resources Director
5/22/2015

The Town of Garner has selected B.D. Sechler to be its next human resources director starting June 1. Please see the news release for details.





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

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





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

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





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

Please click the button below to learn more about summer youth basketball and volunteer coaching opportunities at Garner's Avery Street Recreation Center.





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

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





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

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

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





Town Seeking Volunteers for Advisory Boards, Commissions
4/20/2015

The Town of Garner is seeking citizen participation in various Town advisory boards and commissions. Please see the news release for details.





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

The Town has won a pair of awards from the Government Financial Officers Association for its Popular Annual Financial Report and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Please see the news release for details.





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

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





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

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

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

Please see the attached news release for more details.





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

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





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

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





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

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





Operation Medicine Drop Event to be Held March 21
3/4/2015

The Garner Police Department is having an Operation Medicine Drop event at Garner Town Hall on March 21. Please see the news release for more details.





Egg Hunt Set for March 28
3/4/2015

The Town's annual egg hunt event, Spring Eggstravaganza, is slated for Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Benson Park. The egg hunts start promptly at noon. Please see the news release for more details.





Town Earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
2/9/2015

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
2/2/2015

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
1/29/2015

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

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

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





GOOGLE FIBER COMING TO GARNER
1/27/2015

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





Town Hires New Economic Development Director
1/21/2015

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
1/20/2015

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
1/20/2015

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





Enroll Now for Spring 2015 Garner 101
1/16/2015

Garner residents can now enroll in the spring 2015 Garner 101 Citizens Academy beginning March 5 and culminating with a graduation dinner and ceremony on May 14. Please see the news release for more information or contact Reginald Buie at (919) 773-4446 or rbuie@garnernc.gov.





Public Meetings Planned on Indoor Rec Center
1/14/2015

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 to Hold King Celebration
1/7/2015

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration Committee, in partnership with Garner Concerned Citizens United, Mayor Ronnie Williams and the Town of Garner, will hold the fifth annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on 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. WRAL’s David Crabtree will be emcee. Please see the attached news release for more details.





Town Announces Holiday Solid-Waste Pickup Schedule
12/9/2014

Due to the holidays, the Town will not have solid-waste collection on Thursday, Dec. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 1.

During the two weeks in which those days fall, Thursday routes will receive Friday service, and Friday routes will receive Saturday service.

Monday-Wednesday routes will be served on their regular schedules.

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





Town Hires Assistant Planning Director
12/5/2014

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

Please see the news release for more details.





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

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





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

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





Garner Names New Assistant Town Manager-Development Services
10/31/2014

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.





Town Now Accepting Christmas Parade Applications
10/30/2014

The Town of Garner is now accepting applications for participants for our annual Christmas Parade. The Christmas Parade will be held on Main Street in Downtown Garner on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and will celebrate the joy of toys and giving in conjunction with a Toys for Tots Toy Drive which will be held at all Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources office locations in the month of November.

Click here for a parade entry application. You can also pick up an application in person at the department’s main offices at Town Hall, Building B, located at 900 Seventh Ave.

Applications should be returned no later than Friday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. in one of the following ways:

Electronically:
jmcallister@garnernc.gov
By mail or in person:
Town of Garner Christmas Parade
Attn: Jill McAllister
900 7th Ave.
Garner, NC 27529

Applications returned in person should be taken to Building B of Town Hall.

For more information about this event, please contact Jill McAllister, events coordinator for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, at (919) 661-4602.





Trick-or-Treat the Trails on Halloween
10/14/2014

Don your costumes for Trick-or-Treat the Trails at White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) on Friday, Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Trick-or-treat your way around our one-mile loop trail at the park and collect treats from local community organizations and businesses at this free and safe event for all ages. Please see the news release for more details.





Fall 2014 Unprepared Yard Waste Collection Schedule
10/13/2014

The Town of Garner will begin its fall unprepared yard waste collection the first week of November. Please see the news release for details.





Public Works Department First in State to Earn Accreditation
10/8/2014

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.





Town Seeks Sponsors for Popular Halloween Event
10/2/2014

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.





Lowe's, Town to Partner on Project in Greenbrier
9/25/2014

Lowe's and the Town of Garner will team up Sept. 30-Oct. 1 on a playground project at Greenbrier Park. Please see the media advisory for more information.





Town to Implement New Fire Inspection Fee
9/23/2014

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.





Police Station Groundbreaking to be Held Sept. 18
9/15/2014

The Town of Garner will hold the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Garner Police Department headquarters at 912 Seventh Ave. (next to Wake County Southeast Regional Library) on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held in the grassy area behind the library and Town Hall. Parking is available at the library (908 Seventh Ave.) and Town Hall (900 Seventh Ave.).

The $4.5 million police station is a major component of the Garner Bond Program approved by Garner voters in a special election in March 2013.





Beasley Moves into Inspections Director Position
9/10/2014

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





Smith Completes NRPA Directors School Program
9/10/2014

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





Operation Medicine Drop to be Held Sept. 27
9/9/2014

The Garner Police Department is having an Operation Medicine Drop on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located in building B of Town Hall at 900 Seventh Ave.

The event provides a safe and secure way for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. It also helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters.

Operation Medicine Drop is a program administered by Safe Kids North Carolina (ncsafekids.org) and the N.C. Department of Insurance.

For more information, please contact Sgt. Walter Myer with the Garner Police Department at (919) 773-6072 or wmyer@garnernc.gov.





Garner Native Promoted to Town Engineer
2/5/2014

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





Garner Wins Statewide Award for Trick-or-Treat the Trails
12/6/2013

Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has won the 2013 Innovative Program Award from the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association for its inaugural Trick-or-Treat the Trails event at White Deer Park in 2012. Please see the news release for details.





Downtown Garner Holiday Traditions Set for Dec. 6, 7
11/25/2013

Downtown Garner's annual holiday traditions – Light Up Main and the Christmas Parade – will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7.

Light Up Main, featuring the lighting of the tree by Mayor Ronnie Williams and Santa and Mrs. Claus, will be 6 p.m. to 8p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. The tree will be lighted at 6:15 p.m.

The parade will be held the following afternoon starting at 2 p.m. This year's parade theme – "All-America Christmas" – celebrates Garner's selection as a 2013 All-America City. Garner's All-America City delegation will serve as grand marshals of the parade.

Please see the news release for more details.





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

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





Garner Public Information Officer Wins Statewide Awards
11/19/2013

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.





Police Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment
10/25/2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please see the news release for additional details.





Garner to Hold Annual Veterans Day Observance
10/23/2013

The Town of Garner and Garner Veterans Memorial Committee will honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 at an annual Veterans Day observance at Aversboro Road Baptist Church (1600 Aversboro Road). Please see the news release for details.