April 2012

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The Village of Walnut Creek Council met in Regular Session, April 25th, 2012 at 7:30 PM, 103 Village Drive.


Mayor Darrell Horne

Mayor Pro-Tem Greg Ricker                                   Councilman Tom Shaw

Councilman Russ Prys                                            Attorney Phil Baddour

Administrator Lou Cook                                           Clerk Sharon Geelen

Chief Ken Barrett

Absent: Councilman Stoney Sloan

Residents in Attendance:  Ralph Smiley, Pat Perkins, Eileen Kerlin, Linda Kannan, Olinda De’Arujuo, Steve Lamb, Joe Cunningham, Larry & Connie Kammler, Ray Brown, Alan Johnson and Dot Julian

Mayor Darrell Horne called the meeting to order.

Mayor Pro-Tem Greg Ricker led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Horne asked for a motion to accept the Agenda.  Councilman Tom Shaw moved to accept the Agenda.  The motion passed unanimously.  Mayor Horne asked if there were any changes to be made to the March Finance Report or March’s Minutes.  Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker stated that based upon the policy the council passed in last month’s meeting, in terms of setting aside a percentage of the General Fund balance in a “restricted” fund.  He asked that the clerk to remove the “total funds available” line and have two lines; “restricted funds” and “unrestricted funds”.  In each of those accounts, based upon the end of March, the balance should be $441,807.59.  Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker moved to approve the minutes and the finance report with the change he had stated.  The motion passed unanimously.

Public Comments:

Steve Lamb spoke regarding the Village’s tax rate.

Mayor Horne announced that there would be a Public Hearing on the New Animal Control Ordinance. See Attached Minutes from the Public Hearing.

Council Minutes, Page Two

April 25th, 2012

Mayor Horne said the council would take the residents comments under advisement and will bring the ordinance back up next month and probably make some of the changes suggested by the residents.

Planning Board:

No Report.

Councilman Shaw stated the Planning Board did not have a quorum for their April Meeting, therefor there was no business conducted.

Manager Report:

Administrator Cook recommended the Mayor appoint a committee to discuss and make any recommendations for changes regarding deer hunting in Walnut Creek.  Mayor Horne stated that he would get together a committee sometime in the next 30 days so they can meet with Mr. Cook to discuss any changes that they feel need to be made.

Mr. Cook also updated the council on the progress of the installation of the emergency generator hook-up for the Town Hall.

Mr. Cook stated that the 2nd Annual Village Picnic was a success despite bad weather again. There were approximately 80 residents that attended.

Administrator Cook said that there is to be a Concealed Weapon Class Saturday April 28th at 9:00 am. For people that would like to attend, cost of the class is $50 and you will need a gun and fifty rounds of ammunition. The class will last all day.

Mr. Cook reminded everyone that early voting was going on right now. Regular voting day is May 8th at New Hope Friends Church. You can early vote at the Goldsboro Public Library or Woodmen of the World in Dudley.

Mr. Cook stated the council had a budget meeting the previous week and will be setting up another meeting in a few weeks to finalize numbers. Mr. Cook stated that it is an open meeting and residents are welcome to attend. Mayor Horne asked to have the meeting posted on the website.

Clerk Report:

Mrs. Geelen reported that the councils email addresses are now on the front page of the Village Website.

Mrs. Geelen also stated that there were still two property owners that were delinquent in their 2011 property taxes. She said that it was at the point that the council would need to direct her to advertise the Tax Liens in the paper. Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker moved the council direct the clerk to advertise the tax liens in the paper. The motion passed unanimously.

Mrs. Geelen also reported that we have collected approximately 50% of utility payments.

Council Minutes, Page Three

April 25th, 2012

Mrs. Geelen stated that six houses in The Village of Walnut Creek have sold and closed in the past month.

Police Chief Report:

Chief Barrett stated that there would be a Concealed Weapons Class Saturday April 28th at 9:00 in the morning.  He invited anyone that would like to attend to please do so.

Chief Barrett said the next Crime Watch Meeting will be May 8th at 7:00pm. He stated that Sergeant Tray Ball from the Goldsboro Police Explorers will be the guest speaker.

Chief Barrett reported that there have been five Proms in Walnut Creek so far this year. The police have been working diligently to assure the safety of everyone involved. There are still four more Proms to go.

Chief Barrett stated that the Village has sold over 100 boat stickers. The police continue work to ensure that boats are properly stickered before they go in the lake.

Mayor Horne asked Chief Barrett what the effect of the bridge closure on Lake Wackena Road has had on the traffic in the Village. Chief Barrett said it had not had a major impact on the traffic in the Village except during times like Prom because everyone is using the front entrance of the Village.

Committee Reports

Tom Shaw-Planning Board, Police Commissioner, Web Master

No Report

Greg Ricker-Lake Committee, Fire Department, Cable, Trash & Recycling

Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker stated the Lake Committee met on April 11th.  They did have a quorum and there were two items for discussion in the Lake Committee Meeting that he would get to later.  Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker said that the lake was in good shape.  There has been some debris taken out of the lake and a large log continues to be spotted but his alluded anyone trying to get it out of the lake.  He encouraged everyone to use the lake and just be cautious.  The Lake Committee had two items that they discussed.  The first was regarding whether to limit land owners to the number of boat stickers they were allowed to purchase.  The Lake Committee did not feel that there was a problem with excessive boat stickers being purchased by land owners and have decided not to take any action.  The other item discussed was regarding cleaning the three inlets in the lakes.  The Lake Committee would like the council to put some money in the budget so that those inlets can be cleaned out.

Russ Prys-Water & Sewer Commissioner, Insurance

Councilman Prys reported that Well #5 is being tested and they are currently waiting for the results.

Stoney Sloan-Village Owned Property

Not present

Council Minutes, Page Four

April 25th, 2012

Old Business:

Community Liaisons

Mr. Cook stated that of the seven surrounding neighborhoods, only five of the seven have homeowners associations.  He gave the list of contacts for the surrounding neighborhoods to the Mayor.

Councilman Shaw moved that Evelyn Rose’s resignation letter not be attached to the March Minutes. The motion passed unanimously.

New Business:



Councilman Shaw moved to go into closed session. The motion passed unanimously.

Closed Session:

There being no further business to bring before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.

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Clerk, Sharon Geelen                                                  Mayor C. Darrell Horne


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