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.

Complete 540 Public Meetings Schedule Announced

A news release from NCDOT:
The N.C. Department of Transportation on Nov. 5 announced the public meetings schedule 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. This will link the towns of Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Raleigh. By better connecting these towns and cities, the project is anticipated to ease congestion on area roads, including Interstate 440, I-40, N.C. 42, N.C. 55 and Ten Ten Road.

The three public meetings and one hearing are scheduled at the following times and locations:

Monday, Dec. 7
Barwell Road Elementary School
3925 Barwell Road, Raleigh
Public Meeting: 6 to 8 p.m. (no formal hearing on this date)
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Holly Springs High School Cafeteria
5329 Cass Holt Road
Public Meeting: 6 to 8 p.m. (no formal hearing on this date)
Wednesday, Dec. 9
Wake Tech Community College – Student Services Building, Room 213/214
9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh
Public Meeting: 4 to 6:30 p.m., Hearing: 7 p.m.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and maps are now available for review on the project website at

Printed copies of the EIS, along with maps showing the detailed study alternatives, will be available for review at the following locations from Monday, Nov. 9 until Friday, Jan. 8, 2016:

• NCDOT District Office – Wake County, 4009 District Drive, Raleigh
• NCDOT Division 5 Office, 2612 N. Duke St., Durham
• Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, 421 Fayetteville St., Suite 203, Raleigh
• Holly Springs Department of Planning & Zoning, 128 South Main St.
• Fuquay-Varina Planning Department, 401 Old Honeycutt Road
• Garner Planning Department, 900 7th Ave.
• Clayton Planning Department, 111 East Second St.

Printed copies of the Draft EIS only will also be available at the following locations for review from Monday, Nov. 9 until Friday, Jan. 8, 2016:

• Knightdale Development Services, 950 Steeple Square Court
• Holly Springs Community Library, 300 W. Ballentine St.
• Fuquay-Varina Community Library, 133 S. Fuquay Ave.
• Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton
• East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale

NCDOT will use data from the Draft EIS, including categories such as cost, and impacts on environment, homes and businesses, and historic sites, as well as past and new public comments to recommend a preferred alternative. The Draft EIS does not eliminate any of the alternatives for Complete 540.

Originally, NCDOT had anticipated having the Draft EIS signed by the Federal Highway Administration earlier this summer. With this change, the project’s timetable has adjusted slightly. The revised timeline is included on NCDOT plans to announce the recommendation for the preferred alternative in the spring of 2016.

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.

Library to Close for Renovations Oct. 24

The Southeast Regional Library in Garner will close on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. for renovations. The library is being refurbished with carpet, paint, lighting, new furnishings and an updated floor plan. It is anticipated that the library will reopen by May 1, 2016.

The current Garner police station at 900 7th Ave. will serve as the temporary location for the library during renovation. This facility will become available for library use when construction of the new police station is completed and the library can upfit and move furniture into the old police station—-most likely around early December.

The temporary library will offer programming for the young child, a browsing collection for all ages, some public computers, a book request service and a book return. Hours of operation for the temporary facility will be Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Until the temporary facility is available, library users are encouraged to visit any of the other 19 library locations within Wake County Public Libraries. The closest full-service libraries to Southeast Regional Library include Cameron Village Regional Library and East Regional Library.

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

Garner's Annual Veterans Day Service at Aversboro Road Baptist

The Garner community will come together to observe Veterans Day at Aversboro Road Baptist Church (1600 Aversboro Road) on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. with a patriotic mini-concert by the Garner Magnet High School Wind Ensemble, which will also perform the National Anthem at the event. The start of the formal program is at 11 a.m. with a welcome by master of ceremonies, retired U.S. Army Major General Charles Scott.

Invocation will be by the Rev. Dr. Harvey Whaley, senior pastor at Aversboro Road Baptist. The Garner Police/Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue honor guard will present, post and retrieve the colors. Keynote speaker will be state Rep. Gary Pendleton, a retired brigadier general and former member and chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Mayor Ronnie Williams will also speak.

In addition, there will be performances by David Kamphuis, Dana Stephenson Dixon and the Aversboro Elementary School Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Performance Chorus.

$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.

Schedule Set for Fall Unprepared Yard Waste Collection

Please click on the button below for the schedule for fall unprepared yard waste collection. Please note that old televisions and computer equipment also will be collected.

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.

Wake County Convenience Centers Offer E-Recycling

Looking for a way to recycle your old electronics? Click the button below to learn how you can do that at Wake County Convenience Centers.

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.

Town Hires Downtown Development Manager

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

Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run May 28

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

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

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

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

Rabies Notice Issued for Garner Area

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

Finance Director Completes School of Government Course

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

Food Trucks, Dog Park Grand Opening and More!

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

Garner Police Department Swears In Two New Officers

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

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

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

For more information and an application, please contact Jack Baldwin at (919) 662-5051 or

Fair Housing Meetings Coming Up in Wake County

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

Town Unveils New Development Services Newsletter

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

Wake Transit Public Meeting Planned at Senior Center May 13

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

Go Over the Edge with GPD for Special Olympics

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

Bike Safety Event Slated for White Deer Park on May 2

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 or (919) 661-6892.

Town Wins Honors for Pair of Financial Reports

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

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

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

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

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

GPAC Shows, Movies in the Park and More!

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

Town Seeks Volunteers for July 3 Celebration

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

E-Recycling Event Planned for April 18

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

Mayor's Show Wins Another Statewide Award

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

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

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

GPD Holds Successful Operation Medicine Drop Event

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

Town Hires New Budget and Special Projects Manager

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

Nextdoor Service to Improve Neighborhoods, Public Safety

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Buie can be reached directly at (919) 773-4446 or

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

Boathouse Opens for Season March 13

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

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

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

March Newsletter Now Available Online

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

S&P Credit Rating Affirms Garner's Economic Strength

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

Force Main Work to Affect White Deer Park

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

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

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

February Citizen Newsletter Now Available

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

Town Earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

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

Customer Alert Regarding Water and Sewer Line Protection Programs

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

Notice About Increased Reported Coyote Sightings in Area

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

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

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


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

Town Hires New Economic Development Director

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

Garner Welcomes Snerd for Groundhog Day Prediction

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

Mayor Williams' State of the Town Address

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

Sign Up Now for Spring Garner 101

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

Dog Park Construction, Groundhogs and More!

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

Two Public Meetings Coming Up on Indoor Rec Center

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

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

Garner's Annual MLK Celebration Jan. 18

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

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

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

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

Get the Lowdown on Your Town's Fiscal Health

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

Google Releases Statement on Google Fiber Project

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

Here is Google's statement in its entirety:

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

Garner Technology Center a Premier Shovel-Ready Site

With almost 100 acres adjacent to Interstate 40, the Garner Technology Center is the premier industrial site in Wake County. Businesses here will enjoy easy access to one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States with significant clusters in the areas of technology, life sciences, smart grid and advanced manufacturing. Please click the button below to read an information sheet with details and contacts.

New Restaurants Coming to White Oak

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

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

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

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

See What's Coming to Garner!

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

Town Hires Assistant Planning Director

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

Please see the news release for more details.

Overland Contracting Moving Headquarters to Garner

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

Town Welcomes News of Company HQ Move to Garner

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

Mayor's Show Wins Statewide Award

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

Holiday Event Info and More in November Newsletter

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

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.

Garner Native Promoted to Town Engineer

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

The December Newsletter is Here!

Parade and tree-lighting information and more in this month's Garner Update citizen newsletter. Check it out here.


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