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January 2008

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The Village of Walnut Creek Council met in Regular Session, January 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM, 103 Village Drive.


Mayor Darrell Horne                           
Mayor Pro-Tem Danny Jackson          
Councilmember Greg Ricker
Councilmember Kathy Daniels
Administrator Lou Cook                      
Attorney Phil Baddour, Jr.


ALSO PRESENT:       Mr. Stoney Sloan                    
Mr. Jim Clough

                                    Ms. Estelle Jennings

                                    Ms. Anessa Myers (News Argus)



Mayor Darrell Horne called the regular meeting of the Village Council to order.


Mayor Horne advised the Council of two changes reflected in the Finance Report. $325 was transferred from line #140 to line #103 and $500 was transferred from line #755 to line #750. Also, the transfer of $2,255.08 from line #230 to line #265 is required. A motion was made by Kathy Daniels and seconded by Danny Jackson to transfer this amount. The motion passed unanimously. Mayor Horne then asked for a consent agenda for the December minutes and financial report. Danny Jackson made the motion and it was seconded by Greg Ricker. The motion also passed unanimously.


Open Comment:


Ms. Estelle Jennings, 119 Point Shore Drive commented on the need to consider removing the stop sign at the intersection of Point Shore Drive and Breezewood Drive.


Administrator Report:


Mr. Cook provided the Council information on our ongoing efforts to reduce water consumption due to the drought. Village of Walnut Creek residents have reduced consumption by an average of 239,800 gallons per month. A graph illustrating this reduction is attached to and made a part of these minutes.


Litter sweep for North Carolina is scheduled for April 19 to May 3, 2008.


Council Minutes, Page 2

January 23, 2008


The Council was briefed on the Essentials of Municipal Government class dates and who is attending which sessions.


Mr. Cook provided information on three ongoing projects within the Village including the proposed repair of roadway near the emergency spillway, the road and stormwater drain near the Country Club and the inspection of both dams by Terracon engineers.


Committee Reports:


Danny Jackson:

Mr. Jackson provided information from the previous Lake Committee meeting in which they discussed changing the fee schedule for non-powered watercraft. The Lake Committee recommended reducing the fee for these watercraft to one-half of the standard rate for powered watercraft. They also recommended leaving the insurance requirement in place. Mr. Jackson made the motion which was seconded by Greg Ricker to adopt these changes. Motion carried.


Kathy Daniels

Ms. Daniels briefed the Council on the ongoing study of the replacement of two sewage lift stations on Wackena Point and Dogwood Trail. Danny Jackson made a motion which was seconded by Greg Ricker to pursue the replacement of the two lift stations and to begin negotiations with the respective two adjacent property owners on Dogwood Trail. Motion passed.


Greg Ricker:

Mr. Ricker provided information on several ongoing projects to include the replacement of several reflective markers on Spring Lake dam, the repair of a road washout on Walnut Creek Drive, the sign at the rear entrance which was  damaged by vandals and the replacement of Village logos on the town hall building.


Old Business:


The Water Shortage Response ordinance was discussed and several changes recommended. Kathy Daniels moved the ordinance be approved as amended and the motion was seconded by Danny Jackson. Motion carried. Mr. Baddour, Village Attorney will make the necessary changes and distribute.


Discussion was held concerning establishing a set of Rules of Procedure for Council meetings. Mr. Baddour will develop a useable set of rules that are efficient for the Council’s use and present this information during the March 2008 meeting.


Council Minutes, Page 3

January 23, 2008


Progress Energy has amended their proposed agreement with the Village of Walnut Creek and they feel it is ready for adoption. Mr. Baddour will study the document to ensure it meets our needs prior to the February 2008 meeting.


Mr. Baddour presented his findings on the general statute requirement in which the Village Finance Officer duties and the Tax Collector duties need to be separated. He distributed a proposed ordinance reflecting this change. Danny Jackson made the motion to approve the ordinance which was seconded by Kathy Daniels. Motion carried. The approved ordinance is attached to and made a part of these minutes.


Mr. Horne read correspondence from the UNC School of Government which requested a donation of $100 toward the dedication of a new wing of the school. A motion was made by Danny Jackson, seconded by Kathy Daniels and was passed.


New Business: none


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

___________________                                                    __________________________

Mayor C. Darrell Horne                                                     Administrator Louis S. Cook, Jr.

                                                                                          For Clerk Cathy Woodson


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