Council to fill Nelson’s seat

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 21, 2013

The election may be over, but the Clemmons Village Council still has a seat to fill.

That’s because Nick Nelson, who was chosen as the new mayor in the Nov. 5 election, has two years remaining in his four-year council term. So Nelson will resign his position in the Dec. 9 meeting before he is sworn in as mayor.

As a result of Nelson’s shift, the council started the process of filling the position in last Tuesday night’s meeting.

The meeting was moved from Monday to Tuesday because of Veterans Day, and Nelson, as mayor pro tem, was in charge of the meeting with Mayor John Bost being out of town.

Councilman Mike Rogers asked for a discussion of the upcoming vacated council seat to be added to agenda. He said he would like to get the process started of finding a replacement for Nelson by getting the word out to the public and advertising in The Courier.

“The opportunity is open now,” Rogers said of those who are interested in being considered for the vacancy with a deadline for applications on Dec. 16, a week after the new council is seated. “That would give the new members of the council time between the deadline and the first meeting in January to review applicants and interview whomever. Then sometime in the first meeting in January, we would vote on the replacement for the council seat.”

It is up to the council to determine who fills any vacancy that occurs as state law and the local charter give the council the authority to name a replacement.

The last time the council had to fill a vacancy was in 2012 when Michael Gautreaux, a member of the Planning Board for four years, was promoted to fill the unexpired term of Chris Jones, who died unexpectedly in April of that year.

In other business, the council approved a rezoning request from pedestrian business to residential/multi-family for a planned residential development of 15 townhome units off of Hanesbrook Circle.

The site was originally rezoned in 2001 for commercial use in a 2.6-acre tract in the middle of the West Meadows development off of Lewisville-Clemmons Road.

Greg Garrett, representing Shugart Management, said that the project meets a market need for empty-nesters seeking maintenance- free, one-level living with two-car garages.

The units are expected to be from 1,400 to 1,900 square feet and start at $150,000.

A public hearing was held, but no one spoke except for the petitioner.

The council also:

• Received an update from manager Gary Looper on the Idols Road yard nuisance response as a follow-up to action taken by the council in August. He shared photos of debris on the property, and even though the owner has started addressing the problem, it has been 60 days, and the progress is not satisfactory, according to Looper. Because of consideration

for adjoining property owners and safety concerns, Looper asked if the staff could move forward with the process to remedy the problem through the nuisance ordinance. The council did not have any objection.

• Also received an update from Looper on a number of other projects, which included Village Point Greenway (awaiting NCDOT construction authorization), U.S. 158/Middlebrook Road (awaiting right-of-way for PNC Bank), Harper Road/Peace Haven Road roundabout (awaiting NCDOT construction schedule), Tanglewood sidewalk (completed), U.S. 158 sidewalk (project to be combined with Tanglewood Greenway awaiting Transportation Authority Committee action), Tanglewood Greenway/Harper Road sidewalk (project to be completed with U.S. 158 project awaiting TAC action) and Signalization at Town Center/Allegacy (municipal agreement under review).

• Appointed Lanny Farmer to the available alternate position on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

• Received an update from planner Megan Ledbetter on the Farmers Market at Tanglewood. An information

meeting was held in conjunction with the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department on Nov. 4. Discussion centered on rules and regulations along with soliciting volunteers. The market is scheduled to open in May 2014.