November 28th, 2016 Minutes


November 28th, 2016

Present: Mayor Tichy, Mayor Pro Tem Sharpe, Alderman Isley, Alderman Jones, Alderman Andrews, Attorney Koonts, and Clerk York

Absent: Alderman Crouse and Alderman Tichy

Mayor Pro Tem Sharpe opened the meeting with an invocation.

Mayor Pro Tem Sharpe moved to approve the October 24, 2016 meeting minutes and Alderman Jones seconded. The motion passed 4-0.


Historic District Commission

Clerk York informed the board that he had spoken with the Associate planning director for the county and learned that the Village is under the County’s Historic Commission. In order to create an independent Historic Commission, the Village would need to create a resolution and give the County a 90-day notice informing them that The Village of Alamance would like to establish their own Commission, at which time the County Commissioners would pass a resolution allowing the Village to be independent from the County’s Commission. Clerk York did discuss this information with Mrs. Ford. Mayor Tichy tabled the issue until January’s meeting.

Water/Sewer Capitol Reserves

Clerk York shared with the board the fiscal surplus over the last 10 years, which grows at about 30,000 to 40,000 a year for the water fund, minus the tap and connection fees. Clerk York informed the board that he plans to have a spreadsheet worked up for the next meeting to give to each board member regarding the fiscal year growth over the last ten years for the general fund and the water sewer fund. Mayor Tichy asked that it be held till the January meeting.

Village Website

Tabled until December meeting.

ORC Report

Mr. Allred reported the Birch street station was in good working order, as well as the cabin syphon station. There is still an issue with the mixer tripping out, but it is being looked into by Tim Eaton of Carolina Pumpworks. The NC 62 pump station is working as it should be after putting the transducer back in. The THM testing for the distribution system passed. There have been 104 automatic read meters installed to date. There are roughly 400 meters left to install. The roads that have meters installed currently are; one side of Heritage and Cornerstone, Century and English Cul-de-sacs, Liberty, Moreland, Serenity, Rob Shepard, Councilman, and few on Cardinal and NC 62. There is a training session set for Friday, to learn how to use the new system.


Watershed Ordinance/Riparian Buffer Ordinance-Set a Public Hearing Date

Mr. Reich went over the changes to the ordinance with the board, including the riparian buffer from session law 2010, a DEQ interpretation. On page 17 and 35 there is a red X, meaning that that activity, which is referring to utility non electric perpendicular crossings, would be exempt. On page 18 there is a statement that has been added at the table, which says that the piping of a stream under a permit issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers is allowable. There was only one change to the water supply ordinance, in two places on pages 1 and 3, a text was eliminated and now states under paragraph D of section 102 that it will comply with the Villages riparian buffer protection ordinance. In section 303 of page 7, it’s just taking out some of the ordinance, talking about the 30-foot vegetative buffer and refers everything back to the riparian buffer ordinance. The water supply/ watershed ordinance may need a public hearing, but will not require a planning board meeting. Mayor Tichy asked for a motion to set a public hearing at the December 19th meeting for the watershed and riparian buffer ordinances. Mayor Pro Tem Sharpe made the motion, seconded by Alderman Isley, motion carried 4-0.

Finance Report

Clerk York stated the total value of all CD’s is $446,000. Carter Bank is no longer taking CD’s, so they have been deposited at Wells Fargo. The information is set for Carolina Bank and one CD will be deposited to start, for about $110,000. After interest rates are set by the Federal Reserve in December, more CD’s can begin being moved over. At this time, we only have 2 or 3 CD’s still at Carter Bank, the rest are currently at Wells Fargo.


Public Comment

There was no public comment.

Alderman Tichy moved to adjourn and Alderman Andrews seconded. The motion passed unanimously.