March 25, 2024 Meeting Minutes

The five hundred and forty-ninth session of the board of Alderman Village of Alamance

March 25, 2024

7:00 p.m.

 

Present: Mayor Tichy, Mayor Pro Tem Isley, Alderman Crouse Alderman Andrews, Alderman Cheap, Alderman Tichy

Absent: Alderman Hunt

Invocation and call to order given by March Reich

A motion to approve remote participation by the Clerk made by Alderman Tichy, seconded by Alderman Cheap. Motion carries 5-0

A Motion to approve the agenda was made by Alderman Tichy, seconded by Alderman Andrews. Motion carries 5-0

A Motion was made to approve February 12, 2024, special meeting minutes – budget retreat by Alderman Andrews, seconded by Alderman Tichy. Motion carries 5-0.

A motion was made by Alderman Cheap to approve the February 26, 2024 Meeting Minutes, seconded by Alderman Crouse. Motion carries 5-0

A motion was made by Alderman Cheap to approve The March 12 Special Meeting Minutes, seconded by Alderman Andrews. Motion carries 5-0

 

Public Comment

Chris with Freedom Junk Removal told the Board he had submitted a proposal for trash removal in the Village. He wanted to introduce himself and let the Board know he is committed to the highest standard of work if he were to be awarded the contract.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Engineer Report

Mr. Reich said the final payment to the contractor of the Cardinal Lane Outfall had been submitted.  The drainage installation at Mr. Rankl’s property has been installed by Neil Boone and working well. Mr. Farmerie told the Board he has not been able to get in contact with one property owner on Alamance Baptist Loop so he hand-delivered a letter to the resident and was told it would be given to the property owner. If the owner cannot be reached or will not respond then the Village can look at eminent domain for that parcel.  There is a variance request that will need to be granted on one parcel of property because of a building situated on it. One of the property owners has asked if he can apply the purchase price for the right of way as a credit toward a sewer tap fee. Mr. Farmerie is looking into that request and will update the Board when he knows more.

ORC Report

Mr. Allred said the Burch pump station is back up and running. He suggests that the pump station be cleaned out every six months to keep things working well. There is also a mixer that will be installed at the Burch station, just like the one at the Pond station which has helped keep the rag problem under control. The Highway 62 station was cleaned out successfully after a dog that fell in was rescued. The distribution was good. On April 18th Burlington will switch back to chloramine and the taste of the water should return to normal.

  1. Water Quality in Heritage Glen report

Mr. Allred said that end-line blow-offs in Heritage Glen may help to keep water moving and give the best quality possible. The end lines are areas in Cul-De-Sacs. This could take place once a month and would not have any impact on water pressure to customers.

The second option is flushing or forcing the water through the line to the blowouts. This option is extremely costly and may disrupt service at times.

It was decided that all end lines would be flushed after April 18 once and water quality would be reinspected to determine if more flushing was required.

 

 

New Business

Nate Halubka PART F Presentation- McGill Engineering

Mr. Halubka spoke to the Board about the benefits of having a park in The Village. There were three key things he talked about. The fact that parks increase property value and quality of life in an area. They will often be a key component in attracting new businesses because parks are seen as investments in the community and this appeals to business owners. They can often be the reason for an economic increase if you attract sports teams who play in tournaments or music acts because people will travel for these things and will visit local businesses and will often need places to stay.

Mr. Halubka said the Village is in a unique position because this would be the first park here and would be more likely to get grant funding because of that. He explained that McGill could help the Village acquire these grants and also plan the park area if the board chooses to move ahead with this.

Authorization of Capital Improvement Plan

Mr. Farmerie explained that the Capital Improvement document is a living document and can be changed as needed and it will also be available on the Village website for residents to view.

A motion to approve the authorization of the Capital Improvement Plan was made by Alderman Tichy and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Isley. Motion carries 5-0

State Code Enforcement Hearing for 4129 S NC Hwy 62

Mr. Clem, a state code enforcement officer, updated the Board about the property at 4129 S NC HWY 62. He stated that on September 20th, 2023 an administrative hearing was held and the property was given 180 days to demolish or repair the structure. On March 18th, 2024, the compliance date for completion, an inspection was done by Mr. Clem who found that a repair had been made to an exterior hole in the building but other things were still out of compliance. He stated that facia boards are rotten or broken, the soffit is broken on the left side and many windows and window frames are broken. He does not currently recommend demolition but instead imposing civil penalties of $100 per day for the remainder of the violation as stated in the Village ordinance section 8-160 subsection C.

Ms. April Weaver of 4145 S NC 62 told the Board that work was being done on the property consistently. She stated she is also fixing up the property next to 4129 S NC 62, intending to have an antique shop there.

A motion was made by Alderman Cheap to work with the property owner to establish a completion date and waive all civil penalties if State Code Enforcement says the nuisance is abated at that time, seconded by Alderman Tichy. Moton carries 5-0

Identify Town Administrator as Budget Officer

A motion was made by Alderman Andrews to appoint Nick Farmerie as the budget officer, seconded by Alderman Tichy. Motion Carries 5-0

Resolution to Accept ARP Award – Cardinal Lane Outfall Project

A motion was made by Alderman Crouse to accept the resolution as submitted, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Isley.

National Night Out Announcement

Mr. Terry Johnson spoke briefly about partnering with the Village to host the National Night Out event on August 6th, 2024 from 6 PM-8 PM. He is hopeful it will be the largest event of its kind in Alamance County. There will be multiple agencies taking part, all bringing a variety of trucks and equipment. The Maverick radio station will be participating and giving away hot dogs. This will be a great community event. Mr. Farmerie thanked Ms. Debbie Matta for her interest and request for the Village to host this event.

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

 

 

Alderman Cheap made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Alderman Andrews. Motion carries 5-0

 

Mayor Tichy____________________________________

 

Misty Folwell, Clerk____________________________________