June 2018

Village of Forest Hills
Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Roadway Inn, Cullowhee



The following members of the Council were present:

Mayor Kolleen Begley

Councilmember Clark Corwin

Councilmember Niall Michelsen


The following Non-Council members were present:

Stephanie Gibson, Clerk

Jonathan Brooks, Homeowner, Potential Councilmember

Jerry Rice, Homeowner, Potential Councilmember


  1. Call to order: at 6:00 pm Mayor Begley called the meeting to order.    

  2. Announcements:

  • ReminderPlease silence cell phones for meeting

  • Next Council meeting on Tuesday, July 3rd will be held at the Rodeway Inn at 6:00pm

  • Ethics course requirement reminder

    3.  Approval of Agenda – Councilmember Corwin made a motion to approve the agenda, Councilmember Michelsen seconded the motion, unanimously approved.

    4.  Approval of Meeting Minutes – May 2, 2018 Regular Council Meeting: Councilmember Michelsen made a motion to approve the minutes; Councilmember Clark seconded the motion, unanimously approved.

    5.  Acceptance of Financial Report & Checklist for the month of May 2018: Stephanie Gibson provided the Financial Report. Councilmember Michelsen made a motion to accept the financial report; Councilmember Corwin seconded the motion, unanimously approved.

    6.  Public Comments/Public Hearing on proposed 2018 – 2019 Fiscal Year Budget: Mayor Begley opened the public hearing, there was no public to speak, the hearing was closed.

    7.  Vote: 2018-2019 Fiscal Year Budget: Council reviewed the proposed 2018-2019 Fiscal Year Budget and Budget Summary. Councilmember Michelsen made a motion to accept the Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, Councilmember Corwin seconded the motion, unanimously approved.

    8.  Reports:

  • Mayor’s Report: Mayor Begley shared the patrol report, the report indicated that there were no citations issued. She noted that if the Council would like the 911 reports, she would need to contact Wanda Hall. Council suggested that Mayor Begley ask for the 911 reports. 

Mayor Begley said she had received a call about gun shots coming from the property near the old golf course, the police were called and upon further investigation, it was paint ball markers and not guns. The property owner had given the people participating permission to use the property so they were not trespassing. 

Mayor Begley reported said no ordinance violations were reported, she said that there were a couple days that people were parked on SCC and flyers were put on the vehicles and property owners were notified to contact tenants about it. 

Mayor Begley noted that there was nothing new from TWSA. She and Councilmembers discussed inviting all the utility companies servicing the Village to attend an upcoming work session, companies included would be CWS, TWSA, and Duke Power/WCU Electric. 

Mayor Begley said that Ashley Hill of CloverLeaf Development Group contacted her and Clark about scheduling the next phase of the Architectural Review for the next Planning Board meeting June 18th, and the next Council meeting July 3rd. 

  • Roads & RPO: Councilmember Michelsen said that he attended the RPO meeting and that Jackson County representatives met to discuss and set road prioritizations. He noted that projects at the regional and division levels were discussed. Councilmember Michelsen said that Skyland Drive was the top priority at the time with the Cashiers crossroads being second and Fairview Road bike paths being the third priority. He noted that US 441/Great Smoky Mountains was a regional priority. The next meeting will be held in July for the regional level and in September for the divisional level. 

Councilmember Michelsen said that there was metal sticking out of the road on the left side on Cave Springs Road where a sign or structure had been previously. Mayor Begley said that was where a sign got knocked down over the winter months. She said she will order a new sign and post. 

  • Planning Board: Councilmember Corwin said that he was out of town for the last Planning Board meeting but noted that Paul Heckert ran the meeting, and that the board watched a video and tutorial on vested rights. Councilmember Corwin said that Rick Cardona has been sworn in as the ETJ member of the Planning Board. 

Councilmember Corwin said that he attended the Planning and Zoning workshop, he provided handouts with information from the workshop to the Council. 

  • Neighborhood Watch & Safety:

    Mayor Begley said that Councilmember Stovall notified her via email that she has resigned her council seat. Mayor Begley contacted the contractor who will be installing the new Neighborhood Watch signs to let him know where they need to be installed.

    9. Unfinished Business:

  • Nominations and appointment to fill vacated councilmember seat: Jerry Rice was present to be considered for a position on the Council as well as Jonathan Brooks who is a new homeowner in Forest Hills. Mayor Begley nominated Jerry Rice to fill the seat vacated by Carl Hooper. Councilmember Corwin made a motion to appoint Jerry Rice to fill the councilmember term, Councilmember Michelsen seconded the motion, unanimously approved. 

Mayor Begley introduced Jonathan Brooks who gave a brief bio about himself. Councilmember Corwin said due to any additional parties who may be interested, he recommended that the other council seat available be voted on at the July Council meeting. 

Mayor Begley said that she would contact Ann Melton to swear in new Council members. 

  • Home & Personal Safety community meeting date & agenda: Mayor Begley will move to the July agenda. Council discussed considering speakers for the meeting. Councilmember Corwin said that he would be willing to speak on Advance Directives. 

  • Paving matter on South Country Club Drive: Mayor Begley said that she would check with the attorney about how to go about getting repairs done after the fact. She also noted that due to budget constraints in the upcoming fiscal year July 2018-June 2019, the remaining paving projects on the pre-approved schedule will need to be scheduled for the following fiscal year. 

  • Survey Results: Mayor Begley said she would add this topic to the July agenda for discussion and potential actions. She noted that she would upload the documented results to the website.

   10.  New Business:

  • Closed Session next month: Mayor Begley said she has an upcoming conference call with the municipal attorney for several topics that need legal input, and noted that there may or may not be a reason for a closed session next month depending on the legal advice. Mayor Begley invited Councilmember Corwin to also join the conference call.

   11.  Additional Public Comment: None

   12.  Adjourn: At 7:55pm, Councilmember Corwin made a motion to adjourn; Councilmember Michelsen seconded the motion, unanimously approved.