Letters to the Editor: August 26

Statement Regarding City of Charlotte annexations

“Annexation agreements” have been used for a number of years by the City of Charlotte and its neighbors to allow for orderly annexations, and for efficient extension of municipal services into annexation areas.

Currently, Charlotte has such agreements with the six Mecklenburg towns and three towns in Cabarrus County, as well as with the Towns of Weddington and Stallings and the Village of Marvin in Union County. Charlotte’s agreement with Weddington and Marvin has been in place since 1996 (renewed in 2004 to run through 2014), and Stallings was added in 2004.

The main purpose of the agreements is to establish a line on the map across which each municipality pledges to not annex. The agreement recognizes the Mecklenburg-Union County boundary as the line that none of the parties (Charlotte, Marvin, Weddington, Stallings) will cross with annexation. The agreement thereby limits Charlotte from annexing into Union County and likewise limits Marvin, Weddington, and Stallings from annexing into portions of Mecklenburg County closest to Charlotte.

The agreement allows very MINOR exceptions under unusual conditions and only if both City Council and the affected town/village board agree. For instance, if cross-county annexations would allow better delivery of municipal services to affected properties, such an exception might be considered. (An example would be if a cul-de-sac originated in one county and terminated in the other county.) It should be noted that such an exception has never been made.

These Annexation agreements have served Charlotte, its citizens and its property owners well since being put in place a number of years ago. The Charlotte/Marvin/Weddington/Stallings agreement renewal was approved by the governing bodies of all four municipalities in 2004 and was a very routine matter. As the July 1, 2014 expiration date for the current agreement nears, Charlotte staff will work cooperatively with its municipal neighbors to recommend renewal of the agreement to extend the benefits that the agreement has brought the parties during the past 15 years.

Jonathan Wells
Charlotte annexation director

In reponse to ‘Logic is Lost’

To Mr. Turner, remember that your taxes will increase due to the $200,00 pay out by the Town Council. Nothing is free! Unless you know something the rest of the residents of Indian Trail are not aware of? Do you really think this will be all of the money spent to entice this business? Why did the Town Council of Indian Trail not spend money at other problem traffic areas in Indian Trail at the same time? Just a coincidence that the roads near the schools needed the highway improvements now, but not in years past? What about the rest of Old Charlotte highway? It does not matter? I guess the traffic back up elsewhere is of no concern since economic development is only focused on one side of Highway 74 in Indian Trail. What about extra law enforcement needed to patrol the theater complex. The increased crime in such close proximity to the schools is a definite given. When your taxes increase because of this you may not be able to go to the theater with your family.

Michael Faulkenberry
Indian Trail

No water for some

Wow is all that came to mind after reading Elizabeth Walsh’s letter regarding the Weddington water tower. After shaking my head in total bewilderment, better words quickly came to mind. Elitist and arrogant better describe my thoughts now. Forget those 14 percent of Weddington residents who also were “lured” to the classy, yet small town. Why should they have water? The other 86 percent of the town does. What a sad display to call yourself part of a community. And seriously what is the eminent “danger” the Baptist preschool children are in?

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Waxhaw, NC

Elect Thornton Mayor

Dear Editor,
I am writing in to give my full support to Lisa Thornton for Waxhaw mayor. Lisa has consistently worked hard making things happen in Waxhaw, all on her own volunteer time. Not many people are willing to give of themselves like that. Most complain about things, yet do not step up and make things better. Lisa Thornton is one who steps up and does what it takes to make Waxhaw a better place for all of us. From BBQ fundraisers for a police officer, to Waxhaw’s First Friday, Waxhaw Arts Council and National Night Out, I have seen many things Lisa has made happen when others have not. She has tirelessly given of herself for our town and it’s residents.

I had hoped Waxhaw was a better place than this, but the negativity and dirty politics of this election do not surprise me at all. Any time there is a strong candidate, especially a woman candidate who actually gets things done, the masses come out to attempt to put a stop to anything good that can happen. From Commissioner Diller’s letter and words, to spiteful, ugly people, looks like this election has brought out the lowest common denominator in Waxhaw. That’s a good sign that these people are afraid good things are happening. Well folks, get ready, because Waxhaw is about to make some great changes this November.

I am excited to see what will get accomplished with a new mayor and some new blood on the board.

LeAnne Campbell
Waxhaw Resident

In response to Commissioner Diller’s letter

Hello Mr. Diller;

I’d like to take this opportunity to clear up a few obvious misconceptions you have. Mr Diller, you emailed me on August 8, requesting that I meet you for coffee to discuss your whereabouts during NNO. I responded to you on August 10 and advised that while I appreciated your invitation, I have no interest in meeting you for a cup of coffee. I’m not entirely sure why you felt the need to repeat the invitation in a public forum, but I will not be provoked into a situation akin to “meeting you at the bicycle racks after school” so you can assuage whatever it is that brought on this little outburst of yours. I have a family to care for and a full time job, both of which require my time and attention more so than meeting you. I hope you can understand that they are my priority, not you.

When I responded to your email, I very clearly told you that I was not aware you were elsewhere volunteering your time that day, and commended you for doing so. I still do. As far as why I missed you at the event, Mr. Diller (and I really shouldn’t have to explain this), you are a town commissioner. As such, you are a public figure, and people recognize you. Even the ones you haven’t met or do not remember. So yes, I noticed that you weren’t there, as well as Mayor Gardner and Commissioner Kirkpatrick. As for you not knowing who I am, I’m not surprised. We don’t exactly run in the same circles, and you’ll have to pardon my assumption, but I’m positive you don’t remember every single person you have ever met in your lifetime. I know I certainly don’t. However, given that you don’t seem to recall that I responded to your email, it isn’t a stretch to think you don’t remember who I am.

While I do sincerely apologize for any offense you may have taken to my comment regarding your absence (and please remember, I already apologized to you for this in my email response to you), there seems to be more behind your words and actions. “Methinks he doth protest too much”? I’m also not entirely sure why you felt the need to note that I support Lisa Thornton for Mayor… possibly the two issues are related? Will you go on the offense against every single person who provides support for her in a public manner? Unless I’m mistaken, this is a free country and we are all entitled to Freedom of Speech — as such, I can voice my support for which ever mayoral candidate I choose.

I wish you all the best
Tramaine Williams

Avoid annexation bitterness

Dear Editor,

Many of us would like to see Marvin Village and all within its circle of influence become a community. A place where we go to school together, drive the same streets, walk the same greenways, visit the same new park, know the same Sheriff and pay the same taxes. It just doesn’t seem equitable that some pay taxes and others don’t, despite living right next door, right down the street, or right next to the new park. Some may say, that’s the way it is. But it doesn’t make it right.

No one wants to pay taxes, but we, Marvin residents are, and it’s upsetting to see the screaming red billboards “Marvin offers nothing” when clearly surrounding neighbors have been paying Marvin taxes for years. And… we don’t complain because Marvin taxes are relatively cheap, (ours less than $200 /yr.) We get to vote, run for office, contribute on committees that oversee development of areas right next to us. We get zoning enforcement to prevent unsightly commercial projects, we walk the greenways and look forward to a beautiful new Marvin park with picnic tables, trails, gardens and more. Should the new park be restricted to select Marvin residents, taxpayers only? Of course not. We all live in the Marvin vicinity, it’s only fair that we all contribute (like many of us have already been doing) and all enjoy the park. No you may not get tons of services, none of us do. But we embrace the community that we geographically reside in and hope others within our boundaries would do the same.

Don’t let outspoken annexation opposition embroil bitterness and contempt. Join the other Marvin taxpayers, become a part of the solution, and help to grow and develop this beautiful part of the country. With just a little bit from everybody, we could do some pretty amazing things in Marvin, together.

A Marvin Taxpayer

Thoughts on Marvin annexation

Dear Editor

Regarding the pending involuntary annexation attempt be the town of Marvin, I would like to share my facts and opinions:

Annexation will cost the average Reserve home owner an additional $250-$500 per year.
The only truly added service is that of ONE additional Union County Sheriff…I don’t feel like I need the ones I now have. There is virtually no crime in our area.

In Marvin’s annexation report dated March 10th, 2008 on page 6 they cite the summary of annual revenues and annual costs related to this annexation:

New Gross Revenue: $595,550

New Expenses: $193,840 (annually) plus $30,000 (first year and one time only) for a total of just under $224,000 the first year.

Net new revenue: $371,710 (first year) and $401,710 (year two)

Annexation will force newly annexed homeowners to also abide by Marvin’s stringent ordinances and restrictions. A homeowner looking to perform improvements will then have to apply to Union County, their HOA, and the town of Marvin! Most of these require fees, application filings, and time for each entities’ review.

It does not take a rocket scientist to see what this sham by Marvin really is … another “money grab” amounting to around $400K annually for them to spend as they wish with really offering me and the other residents of The Reserve not very much in return. I ask the Board of Directors of the Reserve HOA and my fellow residents of The Reserve to sign their “Petitions to Deny Annexation” and return them to the Union County Board of Elections @ PO Box 1106, Monroe, NC 28111 by Nov. 25. We need 60 percent of those affected to return these signed forms to put a stop to this boondoggle!

Jim Prive
The Reserve
Unincorporated Union County

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