May 2010

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The Village of Walnut Creek Council met in Regular Session, May 26, 2010 at 7:30 PM, 103 Village Drive.



Mayor Darrell Horne                                        Councilman Tom Shaw

Councilman Greg Ricker                                   Councilman Russ Prys

Administrator Lou Cook                                   Clerk Sharon Geelen                           


Attorney Phil Baddour                         

Chief Ken Barrett


Not Present: Mayor Pro-Tem Danny Jackson


Residents in Attendance:  Phil McLeod, Jeff Wharton, Steve Lamb


Councilman Tom Shaw led the pledge of allegiance.


Mayor Darrell Horne called the regular council session to order. 


Tom Shaw moved that the April minutes be approved.  The motion passed unanimously.


Greg Ricker commented on the Financial Report stating that if the current trend with the state revenues received by the Village continues, we may realize a $20K deficit in our current budget. 


Russ Prys motioned to approve the April Finance Report.  The motion passed unanimously.


Public Comments:  None


Public Hearing Budget 2010-2011


Mayor Horne reviewed the Proposed Budget Ordinance for 2010-2011.  See Attached.


Mayor Horne commended the Village staff and council for all their hard work and acknowledged this is the second year the staff has not had a pay increase.


Council Minutes, Page Two

May 26, 2010


Steve Lamb, asked about the “short fall” in revenue for the budget.  Councilman Ricker responded to the question, stating that the Village usually receives tax revenues from the state from Alcohol Sales and Sales & Use Taxes.  Governor Perdue has frozen all

payments usually distributed and we expect less in vehicle tax revenue.  He also went on to point out the city of Goldsboro is considering a 5% increase in sewage rates, which will also increase expenses for the Village in fiscal year 2010-2011. 


Jeff Wharton asked how many residents attended any of the budget meetings.  Mayor Horne replied, one resident attended one budget meeting.


There being no more comments or discussion about the budget, Mayor Horne declared the public hearing over.


Planning Board Committee Report:


Planning Board Chairperson, David Sloan was not present, however Jeff Wharton reported for him.  The 2011 budget requirements will be ready at the June council meeting.  The draft of the welcome package is done and will also be ready to be presented at the June council meeting.  The Planning Board has scheduled a joint session with the council on August 8th, 2010 regarding an Architectural Committee.  Other recommendations from the Planning Board;

            1.  Open Burning - requiring a permit process for anyone that would like to burn

            2.  Moratorium on clear cutting lots


Lou Cook presented the Hazard Mitigation Plan for approval.


Russ Prys motioned to approve the Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The motion passed unanimously.


Administrator Report:


Administrator Cook reported that the Trust Account had been opened.  He also asked the council to consider requiring deposits for new utility hook-up and recycle containers and charging a fee for checks that are returned for insufficient funds.  At the current time when a check from a resident is returned for insufficient funds the only fee we pass on is the $9 that the bank charges the Village.  Mr. Cook asked if the council wanted to consider increasing that to keep in lines with other businesses that charge $25+ for returned checks.  Councilman Ricker and Mr. Cook will have a proposal including suggested fees for the next council meeting.


Lou Cook shared the Budget Ordinance Amendment with the council.  Greg Ricker motioned to pass the Amendment, it passed unanimously.


Clerk Report:

Ms. Geelen stated that the Tax Revenue from Property Taxes is now at 95.94% collected.


Council Minutes, Page Three

May 26, 2010


Ms. Geelen handed out a list of those currently delinquent to the Councilmen.  Ms. Geelen also stated that the three remaining residents that are delinquent on their taxes have been turned over to Attorney Will Spicer at Phil Baddours office.


Police Report – Chief Ken Barrett


The recent boater safety class held on May 17th & 18th had about 15 people attend.  They also had a good turn out for the boat inspections that were performed on the 15th of May.  The next Crime Watch meeting will be held on June 8th at 7:00 pm.  The CERT Team is having training on June 29th at 7:00 pm.  Chief Barrett then reported on the beak-in at 112 Walnut Creek Drive the weekend on May 7th-9th.  The residents were out of town and did not have their alarm set nor had they notified the police station that they were out of town so an officer could make spot checks on the home.  The back door was kicked in and several items were stolen including a big screen TV and some electronics.  The YMCA has set the date for the annual triathlon as August 7th.  They are in need of volunteers for this event.  Chief Barrett also shared a photo he took of a new fawn and said that there are several in the Village.


Mayor Horne asked Chief Barrett if they are doing spot checks on boats and other water craft on the lakes.  Chief Barrett stated that they were.


Committee Reports:


Tom Shaw: Webmaster, Village Owned Properties & Equipment  

No report


Russ Prys: Planning Board

 No report


Greg Ricker: Water & Sewer – Investment Committee 

Councilman Ricker reported on the Audit Committees recommendations for changes in the office procedures.  Administrator Cook stated we are in 100%compliance with the Audit Committee’s changes.


Investment Committee needs to get back together now that the Trust Account has been set up.


Regarding water and sewer, there has been no update from Cox-Edwards.  We are still waiting for the estimate for the Wackena Point lift station.  Mr. Ricker and Mr. Cook are to have a meeting with the land owner on Walnut Creek Drive to see about purchasing a piece of property to put the Dogwood Trail lift station.



Danny Jackson: Lake Committee, Police Commissioner, Cable    


Mayor Horne reported for Mr. Jackson that Suddenlink is raising their rate for Senior


Council Minutes, Page Four

May 26, 2010


Citizens on June 1st, 2010 to $38 per month.  This is still significantly lower than their standard rate.


Old Business:  


Attorney Baddour reported that he has spoken to the Trustee for Cambridge Builders and they are willing to sell the small piece of property on Dobbs for $500 plus the cost of closing, totaling somewhere around $800-$1000.  The Village Council stated they had no interest in purchasing it.  Lou Cook will contact the homeowner at the adjacent property.


Mr. Baddour also handed out a proposed ordinance change regarding the Clerk to report to the Town Administrator and also taking away the Administrators ability to fire the Police Chief.  Councilman Ricker requested to put that item on next months agenda.



New Business:



Correspondence/ Announcements:



Councilman Shaw motioned to go into closed session to consult Attorney Baddour regarding a legal matter.  The motion passed unanimously.  After closed session, the Council meeting reconvened.


Closed Session



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



 _________________________                         _________________________

    Clerk, Sharon Geelen                                        Mayor C. Darrell Horne






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