The Village of Walnut Creek Council met in Regular Session, June 24, 2009 at 8:30 PM, 103 Village Drive.
Mayor Pro Tem Danny Jackson
Councilmember Kathy Daniels
Councilmember Greg Ricker
Councilmember Tom Shaw
Administrator Lou Cook
Clerk Cathy Woodson
Chief Ken Barrett
Mayor Horne was absent for this Council meeting.
There was no one else in attendance for this Council meeting.
Councilmember Kathy Daniels led the pledge of allegiance.
Mayor Pro Tem Jackson asked the Council for any comments, changes or amendments that need to be added before accepting the consent agenda for the June meeting and the May 27th Council minutes and finance report and the May 27th Budget Ordinance Public Hearing minutes.
Councilmember Greg Ricker questioned the revisions made to the revenue section of the financial report in regards to the different amounts budgeted for the Cable Franchise fees and the Franchise Utility tax items. Mayor Pro-tem Jackson identified an error in these budgeted line items. Attorney Phil Baddour stated that the Council can amend or make any changes before the budget has been introduced for acceptance. Mayor Pro-Tem Jackson asked the Council to move the adoption as an amendment as recommended. This recommendation is as follows: Change the Cable TV Franchise budgeted line item to $400.00 and the Franchise Utilities Tax budgeted line item to $37,100.00 FY2009-2010. Motion so carried. Amended budget will be attached and made apart of these minutes.
Administrator Mr. Cook asked Council to accept the Budget Ordinance Amendments for certain transfers over the $1,000 limit requiring Council approval. Mr. Cook recommended amending the General Fund by moving $5,000.00 from general line item #600, General Contingency, to general line item #104, General Insurance & Bonds. This amendment is to appropriate additional funds needed for insurance expenditures. Mayor Pro-Tem Jackson asked that the motion to carry forward with suggested movement of items and accept the May financial report, June Consent Agenda, May Council meeting minutes and May Budget Ordinance Public Hearing minutes. Motion so passed.
Council Minutes, Page Two
June 24, 2009
Public Comments: No residents were present
Mr. Cook reported that the spraying of both lakes has been very successful. He mentioned that some spot spraying has been done for the lily pads in front of Mr. Jeffrey’s house and yesterday bladderwort and algae have been treated. Councilmember Ricker stated that he has received positive comments on Spring Lake.
Mr. Cook commented that there are still a few glitches being worked out on the usage of the Compost Center in regards to residents accompanying their landscapers.
Mr. Cook distributed a Solid Waste Management Plan to Councilmembers received from Wayne County. Mr. Cook informed the Council that the Village can come up with a new plan or dove-tail this plan with the County. Councilmember Shaw motioned to adopt the resolution as presented. Motion so carried and a copy of this signed resolution is attached to and made a part of these minutes.
Mr. Cook announced that the annual Triathlon will be August 8th starting at 8:00 a.m. Chief Barrett has met with Kriquette Davis of the YMCA. Mr. Cook asked the Council for a volunteer to make opening remarks. The Council recommended the Mayor for this undertaking.
Mr. Cook then stated that all additional streetlights recommended by the Planning Board have been installed at no cost to the Village except for the additional monthly expense for electricity. Mr. Cook reported that there is a lot of foliage around these and existing light poles. The Maintenance department is presently trimming limbs and vegetation in these areas as mandated by specifications.
Mr. Cook then reported an effective goose round up of approximately 119 geese. Mr. Cook stated that all these geese have been relocated to a new location and will not return.
Mr. Cook commented to the Council that he and Councilmember Ricker have met with Neil Benton of BB&T. Mr. Cook stated that they discussed several funds that may be available such as the STIF fund and the NC Capital Management Trust fund and how they operated. A copy of a power point presentation by BB&T was given to each Councilmember. A copy of this presentation is attached to and made a part of these minutes.
Mr. Cook then presented the proposed Budget Ordinance FY2009-2010 and asked the Council for their approval of adoption. Councilmember Shaw made a motion to adopt the Budget Ordinance FY2009-2010 as presented and amended. Motion so carried.
Mr. Cook then asked the Council as to whether the Compost Center should be opened Saturday, the 4th of July. Mayor Pro-Tem Jackson responded no and to post closure.
Mr. Cook also asked that the Municipal Town Hall be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of the 4th of July Holiday. The Council concurred.
Council Minutes, Page Three
June 24, 2009
Councilmember Ricker commented positively on the repainting of fire hydrants. Mr. Cook stated that the Maintenance department has also been trimming bushes surrounding these fire hydrants as mandated by the distance required.
Ms. Woodson asked the Council to note the additional revenue income listed under miscellaneous. Ms. Woodson listed them as follows: $3,038.15 in Sales Tax reimbursements, a Solid Waste Disposal Tax refund for $143.35 and the insurance payout for repairs in the amount of $6,250.00.
Councilmember Ricker asked if taxes paid on telecommunications could be included. Ms. Woodson informed the Council that sales tax on telecommunications or utilities cannot be reimbursed.
Councilmember Ricker then asked if the CD interest shown on financial report as new interest totals be changed to show new interest rates.
Mr. Shaw announced that the Planning Board is currently working on their second phase of the 10 year plan in concurrence with their perspective Councilmember on matters that they would like to present before the Council. Mr. Shaw commented that he would like to see residents attending their meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30.
Mr. Jackson announced that the Lake Committee will be meeting in July.
Mr. Ricker reiterated Mr. Cook’s comments on meeting with Mr. Benton, of BB&T regarding some diversification options. Mr. Benton will be exploring new alternatives. Mr. Ricker did encourage the Council to look at some stimulus monies available and their qualifications.
Kathy Daniels: No Report
Old Business: None
Mr. Cook announced that the Consumer Confidence Report is available on the Village’s website and at the Town Hall upon request.
Mr. Shaw announced that the yearly Audits from 2006, 2007, and 2008 are also available on the website.
There being no further business to bring before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.
Clerk, Catherine Woodson Mayor C. Darrell Horne