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                                                         August 16, 2011

Council Meeting Minutes    

A regular meeting of the Council for the Town of Lake Santeetlah was held at Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.  

 The following members of the council were present: Mayor Guy Owen, Bob Crabtree, Arthur Griffith, Harding Hohenschutz and Jack Rinehart. 

The Mayor called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. welcomed Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz back after his knee surgery. Councilmember Hohenschutz thanked the mayor and the town for the large plant sent to him on his return from the hospital. The minutes of the council meeting held on July 19, 2011 were read. Councilmember Arthur Griffith made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz seconded. All members present voted in the affirmative. The motion carried.  

Finance Officer Bob Crabtree asked Peggy Carver to give the cash report. Mrs. Carver stated the interest rate for all town investments was still less than 1%. The interest rate for the checking accounts is still at 0.30%, the interest rate for the First Citizens Money Market accounts is 0.35% and the CMT rate is 0.01%. Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz stated from what the government is saying there will not be a rise in rates for several years. Mayor Owen asked if anyone knew what the current rates are for a personal 2 year CD. Councilmember Arthur Griffith said he thought it was around 0.75% right now. Mayor Owen asked Finance Officer Crabtree to look into investing in a 10 year treasury bond since the current rates are about 2.6%. Finance Officer Crabtree stated the treasury bonds could be cashed in whenever you need to.   

The Mayor opened the first Old Business item adoption of Graham County’s Animal Ordinance. Councilmember Bob Crabtree stated modification of this ordinance should be made to incorporate the town’s current animal control ordinance before adoption. After further discussion by the Council, Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz made a motion to table this item until the next regular council meeting in order for town attorney Mack Tallant to prepare a modified version for the council to consider. Councilmember Bob Crabtree seconded. All members present voted in the affirmative. The motion carried.  

The Mayor opened the next Old Business item of the adoption of a “No Spray” Ordinance prohibiting spraying of utility lines right-of-way within town limits. After further discussion by the Council, Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz made a motion to table this item until the next regular council meeting in order for town attorney Mack Tallant to prepare a draft version for the council to consider. Mr. Tallant was on vacation and unable to provide a draft at the time of this meeting. Councilmember Bob Crabtree seconded. All members present voted in the affirmative. The motion carried.  

The Mayor opened the next Old Business item of a quote for repairs caused by a water line break at Francis Whitehead’s. One quote was received from HMC Paving for $3,060 for repairing the parking area and a quote of $975 to repair the retaining wall was received from Charles Toomey Construction. After further discussion by the Council, Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz made a motion to approve the retaining wall repair and to table the paving item until the next regular council meeting in order for additional quotes to be obtained. Councilmember Bob Crabtree seconded. All members present voted in the affirmative. The motion carried.  

The Mayor opened the next Old Business item of a quote for concrete repair for driveway at  Phillip & Jane Rhodes. One quote was received from Buckhead Contracting for $2,200 to pour concrete at the end of the driveway that joins Cherokee Trail. This quote includes a four inch curb. A second quote was received from Buckhead Contracting for $1,685 without the four inch curb. Councilmember Bob Crabtree stated he was concerned about the construction traffic going on there, along with the current state of the driveway, the pipe may get broken again. Councilmember Crabtree has discussed delaying the repair with Phillip Rhodes until the construction is completed at the Blalock’s resident and said Mr. Rhodes is in agreement. After further discussion by the Council, Councilmember Bob Crabtree made a motion to table this item until the next regular council meeting in order for additional quotes to be obtained and for the construction at the neighboring property to be completed to prevent cracking of the new concrete repair and pipe. Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz seconded. All members present voted in the affirmative. The motion carried.  

The Mayor opened the next Old Business item of installation of an additional mailbox stand on Nantahala Trail. Mayor Owen commented he liked the idea of putting up a stand on Nantahala and Thunderbird Trail with a minimum of four green mailboxes per stand to get a uniform look within. Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz asked if any volunteers are willing to help with the installation. After further discussion by the Council, Councilmember Bob Crabtree made a motion to approve installation of additional mailbox stands and for David Dickert to set a date for installation as soon as the mailboxes are received, and to also talk with Jerry Collins, Jack Gross and Bill Smith for volunteer help. Councilmember Arthur Griffith seconded. The vote was three for, and one opposed, with Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz voting against the installation. The motion carried.  

The Mayor opened the next Old Business item of installation of speed bumps on Thunderbird Trail. David Dickert presented the cost of additional speed bumps at approximately $350 to $400 per  bump. Mr. Dickert suggested putting in a speed bump at 300 Thunderbird Trail and another at 304 Thunderbird Trail. Town resident Gary Lane made an objection to installation of more speed bumps and suggested the council consider alternatives such as a concrete diversion column like the ones in his neighborhood in Atlanta. Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz asked what were the columns are made of and what they look like. Mr. Lane explained these diversions are about 4 inches or so high, and this type of traffic control device is installed near his home in Atlanta and is very effective in controlling speed as the devices narrow the road and forces traffic to slow down. Mayor Owen stated he was concerned about the emergency vehicles getting around the diversions. After further discussion by the Council, Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz made a motion to table this item until the next regular meeting in order to obtain pictures of the traffic diversions from Gary Lane. Councilmember Arthur Griffith seconded. The motion carried.  

The Mayor opened the first New Business item of installation of an extension of the drainage pipe at 392 Thunderbird Trail. Robert and Julie Mandler requested the extension be added to eliminate water run-off into their landscaping. After further discussion by the Council, Councilmember Bob Crabtree made a motion to table this item until the fall, after the foliage has died back in order to evaluate what modifications need to be done. Councilmember Arthur Griffith seconded. All members present voted in the affirmative. The motion carried.  

The Mayor opened the next New Business item of a request from Public Works Technician, David Dickert for reimbursement of half of the cost to obtain water system C-Distribution license. Mayor Owen stated if this license is necessary then he has no objection to it, however, Lamar Williams thinks the license is not necessary for the work that David does. Mr. Dickert stated he would correspond with Lamar. Councilmember Bob Crabtree stated he would like more details about where the class is held and the cost. Town Administrator stated “we do have that now” and asked David if he was looking at the “Distribution Only” license for $310. Mr. Dickert stated yes, and that he had mentioned the long-term at the planning meeting as being acquisition of the water plant operator’s license. Mayor Owen asked why that would be useful. Mr. Dickert stated “that if something happened to Lamar not being able to come out and operate the water plant, then there you would be”. Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz stated “Lamar has all the licenses necessary to operate and his wife is an operator too and she could come out if we needed her to, and that he doesn’t see why we need to pay for somebody else to be a water operator when we already have two people we know of; and that Lamar has been working for the town for ten years or longer and has done a very good job”. Councilmember Arthur Griffith stated “my concern is that Lamar has been a very faithful employee to the town and he doesn’t want to give him the impression that we are trying to possibly replace him and, unless he comes in here and tells us that he is thinking about stepping aside, then at that time will we need somebody to be licensed”. Mr. Dickert said he “would make this simple and withdraw my request:” Councilmember Hohenschutz stated “the town needs a handy-man here that can do a lot of things rather than a water operator”. Councilmember Crabtree stated “As I understand it, David can perform the duties that he does today under Lamar’s license and that the town should get together with Lamar to discuss this”. Councilmember Bob Crabtree made a motion that at this time, to not pay for all or part of the training for water C-Distribution license for Mr. Dickert in order to gather more data. Councilmember Arthur Griffith seconded. All members present voted in the affirmative. The motion carried.  Mr. Dickert stated, “I will get the license myself”.

The Mayor opened the next New Business item of a request from Bill Smith for the installation of a bench on Nantahala Trail. After further discussion by the Council, Councilmember Bob Crabtree made a motion to forward this request to TPOA for review as the homeowners association provided the other benches in town. Councilmember Arthur Griffith seconded. All members present voted in the affirmative. The motion carried.  

The Mayor opened the next New Business item of a request from Town Administrator Peggy Carver for vacation days of September 12-16. After further discussion by the Council, Councilmember Bob Crabtree made a motion to approve the days requested. Councilmember Harding Hohenschutz seconded. All members present voted in the affirmative. The motion carried.  Mrs. Carver stated Keisha Greene would be filling in while she is gone.  

During the Discussion Period:

·         A request from TPOA members to split the annual water surcharge into payments was discussed. This item will be added to the agenda for the September council meeting.

·         The annual Town/TPOA street party was announced. The date is Saturday, September 3rd at 5:30 p.m. at Chalet Village. The Britthaven Boys will be performing. Food will be ordered closer to the event. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.