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February 2008

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The Village of Walnut Creek Council met in Regular Session, February 27, 2008 at 7:30 PM, 103 Village Drive.



Mayor Darrell Horne                           

Mayor Pro-Tem Danny Jackson          
Councilmember Greg Ricker

Councilmember Tom Shaw

Administrator Lou Cook                      
Attorney Phil Baddour, Jr.

Clerk Cathy Woodson


ALSO PRESENT:       Mr. Stoney Sloan                     Ms. Estelle Jennings

                                    Mr. Phil McLeod                      Mrs. Idie McLeod

                                    (Progress Energy Representatives)

                                    Dan Oliver                                Keith Westbrook




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


Councilmember Tom Shaw led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Mayor Horne then asked for consent agenda for the January minutes and financial report.  Danny Jackson made the motion and Tom Shaw seconded it.  The motion passed unanimously.


Open Comment:


There were no public comments.


Presentation of Franchise Agreement by Progress Energy:


County Manager, Carolina Power & Light Company, d/b/a Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc., Dan Oliver asked for approval of proposed franchise be granted by the Village of Walnut Creek.  Mr. Oliver referred to their responsibilities for payment of any damages, negligence, or claims arising from installation or maintenance of their utilities.  Term of agreement is 10 years.


Council Minutes, Page 2

February 27, 2008


Questions and discussion ensued.  Attorney Phil Baddour stated that this agreement sets forth “good law” procedures that are an advantage to the city.


Danny Jackson made a motion to adopt the franchise agreement between the Village of Walnut Creek and Carolina Power & Light Company d/b/a Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc. and Tom Shaw seconded it.  The motion passed unanimously.  A copy of the proposed franchise agreement is attached to and made a part of these minutes.


Administrator Report:


Mr. Cook announced that there would be a Water Summit, March 10, 2008 at the GTP Training Center.


Mr. Cook reported that the Village’s Water Tower has been cleaned.


Mr. Cook proposed the adoption of a new Vacation & Sick Leave policy.  Mr. Cook stated that the current policy has been in place since 1992 and new revisions needed to be addressed.  Mr. Cook and Mayor Horne have researched different policies from around the state.  Determined that the N.C. State policy was the best one to follow.  Councilmember Danny Jackson motioned to accept the adoption of the newly revised Vacation and Sick Leave policy.  Councilmember Tom Shaw seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  A copy of the proposed Vacation & Sick Leave policy is attached to and made a part of these minutes.


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


Committee Reports:


Danny Jackson: Council Liaison Lake Committee


Mr. Jackson provided information from Suddenlink Communications.  They will be adding 3 new channels.  A rate increase is also forthcoming including the senior citizen rating of $24.50 to $29.95, which is still 29% off the regular rate.


Mr. Jackson stated that he met with Barney Hale, the Terracon representative in response to a recent State inspection.  Some minor issues need to be addressed from this inspection.  Mr. Hale assured Mr. Jackson that these issues would be resolved within 30 days.


Tom Shaw: Council Liaison Planning Board Committee


Mr. Shaw introduced “Stoney” Sloan, Chairperson, Planning Board Committee to address the council on some items that the committee is working on.  Mr. Sloan first addressed the “junk car issue” as stated in the ordinance and would like to work with Attorney Phil Baddour to look at them to see how the committee can work within these guidelines.  Mr. Baddour agreed to do so.


Council Minutes, Page 3

February 27, 2008


Mr. Sloan then stated that the Committee is working on a 10-year plan for our community.  Several sub-committees are already in place.  A survey by these sub-committees will be forth coming.  Mayor Horne suggested that the planning board should coordinate with Councilmember Greg Ricker, liaison for Village owned properties.


Kathy Daniels
: Water & Sewer

            Administrator Lou Cook reported for Ms. Daniels in her absence.


Mr. Cook stated that we are having some problems with Well# 5 lab results.  Several lab tests have been taken showing high levels of Iron.  Will consult Rod Butler to determine costs.


Mr. Cook then briefed the Council on the negotiations with the respective two adjacent property owners on Dogwood Trail on the replacement of two sewage lift stations on Wackena Point and Dogwood Trail.  These residents displayed various concerns and are unhappy.  Another discussion with them is planned.


Greg Ricker: Village Owned Properties


Mr. Ricker provided information on several ongoing projects.  The repair to Lake Shore Drive in front of the Country Club has not been paved as of yet.  The repair of a road washout on Walnut Creek Drive is under way at this time. The sign at the rear entrance, which was damaged by vandals, has been repaired.


Old Business:


Mr. Baddour presented a set of Rules of Procedure for Council, which has been promoted by the Institute of Government.  He covered certain highlighted rule items that the council could incorporate into their council meetings.  A copy of the Rules of Procedure are attached to and made a part of these minutes.


Council revisited offer from Jack Best to purchase land near Breezewood.  Discussion ensued and agreed to add this matter to next council meeting’s agenda.


New Business:


No new business was presented


There being no further business to bring before the Council, Mayor Horne declared the meeting adjourned.


                                                                                                Mayor C. Darrell Horne


Prepared by: Cathy Woodson, Clerk


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