The Town of Garner has a council-manager form of government with a mayor and five member Town Council. Elections for the office of council member are held at two-year intervals in November of odd-numbered years. Elections are non-partisan, and the mayor and council members are elected for four-year terms. The Council sets Town policies, enacts ordinances and appoints the town manager. The town manager administers the daily operations and programs of the municipal government through the department heads, other staff members and employees.
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Town to Purchase Tracts for Future Park
The Town Council on Monday, Feb. 4 voted unanimously 3-0 to purchase three tracts of land totaling approximately 72.5 acres at 607, 619 and 0 E. Garner Road for use as a future park. The Town will pay approximately $2.4 million for the properties and related fees and closing costs.
The Town intends to finance the purchase with a combination of fund balance and parks and recreation in-lieu fees from developers. The percentage drawn from each of those sources will be determined at a later time.
The Town has no definite plans yet for how the newly acquired land, and the structures on the site, will be developed as a park. Currently, the Town is in the midst of updating its Parks and Recreation Master Plan and will consider how best to utilize this property as part of that plan. The Town hopes to complete the plan by the end of 2019.
“We’ve just started looking at what facilities and amenities we need in our park system over the next 10 to 12 years, so this land acquisition comes at a good time for us,” said Assistant Town Manager for Operations Matt Roylance, whose duties include oversight of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.
For more information about that department, visit its webpage at garnernc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources.