June 2012

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The Village of Walnut Creek Council met in Regular Session, June 27th, 2012 at 7:30 PM, 103 Village Drive.


Mayor Darrell Horne

Mayor Pro-Tem Greg Ricker                           Councilman Tom Shaw

Councilman Stoney Sloan

Administrator Lou Cook                                 Clerk Sharon Geelen

Chief Ken Barrett                                         Attorney Phil Baddour

Absent: Councilman Russ Prys

Planning Board in Attendance: Danny Jackson, Mike Daly, Craig Bowen, & John Stiles

Residents in Attendance: Ralph Smiley & Steve Lamb

Mayor Darrell Horne called the meeting to order.

Councilman Shaw led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Horne asked for a motion to approve the agenda. Councilman Shaw moved to approve the agenda. The motion passed unanimously. Mayor Horne asked Mr. Cook to go over the budget amendment for May’s finance report. Mr. Cook stated that the amendment would sure up all the lines in the budget as to not go over budget for the fiscal year 2011-2012. After Mr. Cook reviewed the Budget Ordinance Amendment, Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker moved to approve the May Minutes, the budget ordinance amendment and the May Finance Report. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Comments:


Planning Board:

Chairman Danny Jackson reported the Planning Board met on June 6th.  They discussed the Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and they reviewed the current status of the Road Map project which they will be discussing in depth in the future before they generate another survey.  Mr. Jackson also stated that they Planning Board have submitted a name of a resident willing to take over the vacated position on the Planning Board.  Mr. Jackson also stated that the Planning Board is asking that the council move forward with the bridge for the walking trails.  Mr. Jackson also stated the Planning

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June 27th, 2012

Board will not meet in July due to there being no pressing issues and the meeting falling on the 4th of July.

Mayor Horne asked for a motion to go out of regular session and go into the Public Hearing for the Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance requiring architectural review and Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget Ordinance. Councilman Shaw moved to go into the Public Hearing. The motion passed unanimously.

See attached minutes from the Public Hearing.

Mayor Horne asked the Planning Board for their recommendation regarding the Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance. Mr. Jackson stated that the Planning Board recommended the Council adopt the ordinance as written. After some discussion, Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker moved to adopt the ordinance, attached here to. Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker and Councilman Shaw voted- yeah, Councilman Sloan voted- nay. The motion passed 2 to 1.

Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker moved that the council approve the 2012-2013 Budget Ordinance Amendment, attached here to. After some discussion the motion passed unanimously.

Manager Report:

Mr. Cook stated that he has handed out a Waste Management Resolution for the council to review.  It is an annual requirement, and as long as the Village would like to continue with the waste management practices of Wayne County, we need to dove-tail their practices.  The resolution that he has presented to the council is exactly the same as all the previous resolutions, the only difference is the date.  Mr. Cook encouraged the council to adopt the resolution.  Mr. Cook read the resolution for the council and all in attendance.  Councilman Shaw moved to adopt the resolution, attached here to.  The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Cook announced that the Consumer Confidence Report is complete and available on the web page or a hard copy in the office for anyone to read.

Mr. Cook reported that Darren Howery has passed the C-Well test and is now C-Well certified.

Mr. Cook announced the Family Y will be holding their annual Triathlon on August 4th with the council’s approval. Councilman Shaw moved to allow the Family Y to use the Village for their annual triathlon. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Cook stated the Village office will be closed on the 4th of July, in observation of Independence Day.  It will have no effect on trash and recycling pick up.

Mr. Cook said the prices for the emergency generator were not good so he is getting more prices from other vendors.

Mr. Cook also stated the bridge on Lake Wackena Road is progressing nicely and should be opening soon.

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June 27th, 2012

Clerk Report:

Clerk Geelen reported that there were still two property owners that have not paid their tax bills and they have been handed over to the attorney’s office for further action.

Mrs. Geelen stated that the meters are being read and utility bills should be going out at the end of the first week in July.

Police Chief Report:

Chief Barrett reported that the Crime Watch meetings were on hold for the summer and would resume on Sept 11th.

Chief Barrett also stated that the calls to “911” continue to be a problem. He asked that if people accidently dial “911” instead of “919” to please stay on the line and tell dispatch it was a mistake. If not, then they need to send an officer out to check on the residence.

Chief Barrett reported there have been a few animal control complaints, some minor traffic violations and they continue to work on making sure that the people on the lake are in compliance with the lake rules and have current boat stickers.

Chief Barrett also asked the council to take into consideration promoting Officer Bryan Belden to the rank of Sargent. Councilman Shaw moved to approve Officer Belden’s promotion to the rank of Sargent. After some discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

Committee Reports

Tom Shaw-Planning Board, Police Commissioner, Web Master

Councilman Shaw reported that the Deer Management Committee has met and are currently working on recommendations for changes for the up-coming Bow Hunting Season.

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

Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker reported that the Lake Committee will be meeting on August 11st at 7:30 pm.  He encouraged residents to attend the meeting as there will be representatives from Fosters Lake and Pond Management there to answer any questions the residents may have.

Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker had no report from the Audit Committee.

Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker reported that he attended the ECC meeting. During the meeting they reported that the “Revolving Loan Program” has been closed and the annual dues for the ECC will remain the same.

Stoney Sloan-Village Owned Property

Councilman Sloan reported that the clean-up of the front entrance is now complete.

Councilman Sloan stated that he has been working on getting estimates for the “Village Face Lift” project that he is working on which is to beautify the common areas in the Village.

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June 27th, 2012

Councilman Sloan also mentioned that the Village has purchased a new truck for the maintenance department.

Russ Prys-Water & Sewer Commissioner, Insurance


Old Business:

Attorney Baddour spoke regarding the Water and Sewer Ordinance Amendment.  Mayor Pro-Tem Ricker moved to pass the Water and Sewer Ordinance Amendment effective July 1st, 2012, attached here to.  After some discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Horne stated that he had a Resolution to establish water and sewer rates. Councilman Shaw moved to adopt the Resolution, attached here to. The motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Horne asked Mr. Cook to provide the list of community liaisons to the council. Councilman Sloan asked if Seymour Johnson AFB could be added to the list of neighborhoods that the council wished to establish a good relationship with and he offered to be the liaison for the base.

Mayor Horne stated that on the recommendation of the Planning Board, the council will be appointing volunteers for a Welcoming Committee and Park and Rec Committee. They will review the list of volunteers and make a decision at the next meeting.

New Business:

Councilman Sloan would like to ask the Planning Board to look into other communities like ours and research what kind of guidelines other communities like ours has in regards to landscaping requirements, clear cutting of trees, and items like that to see if we can get some good ideas from other communities.


Mayor Horne shared a thank you letter from Impact Wayne.

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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