Letters to the Editor: May 11

Marvin-Efird Park opens

Marvin’s first park, the Marvin-Efird Park, officially opened on Saturday. It is a beautiful 27-acre passive park with open fields, peaceful walking trails, and a unique playground area for children. Parents can sit under the covered porch of the rustic barn and watch their children play, or pack a picnic to enjoy under the huge oak trees. We plan to host community and school activities in the park, and the barn will be available for private rental.

We are thrilled that Marvin-Efird Park is finally a reality! Marvin residents have consistently expressed a desire for a park. The Parks Recreation and Greenways Board sent out three surveys to Marvin residents over the last 10 years, and 81 percent responded that they favored a passive park and that they were willing to use their tax dollars to fund it. Two years ago the Marvin Council began the process of making our first park a reality.

After considering 17 other properties and evaluating them on a number of criteria, the Marvin Council selected the Efird property. The property was originally listed for 2.5 million, but Marvin was able to negotiate a purchase price of $950,000 for the 27-acre property. The Efird family was happy to sell their property to Marvin for the purpose of leaving it in its natural beauty for generations to enjoy. The Park was opened with no tax increase to residents, and no increase is scheduled for 2013.

The Marvin Council members, PR&G Board, and the Marvin staff have logged countless hours over the past two years to open this park for Marvin and the surrounding community. It is our hope that the park will be a gathering place for our community – something good and positive that will seek to bring us together rather than divide.

Kristy Maher
Marvin PR&G Board

Marvin’s mission still the same

The recent letters to the editor regarding a change in the village of Marvin’s mission statement are inaccurate. The village has both a mission statement and a vision statement. Both statements were adopted at the 2010 retreat and then revised at the 2011 retreat by the council. Neither statement has been changed in more than a year. The vision statement has remained on the front page of the village website and the mission statement has remained under the ‘Mayor and Council’ tab since the website was redesigned in June 2011.

Lisa Thompson,
Marvin administrator/senior planner

Keep Marvin Creek’s gate operational

Marvin Creek homeowners bought in a residential subdivision, with the expectation that traffic levels would only include normal neighborhood traffic. Unfortunately, Marvin Creek roads are used as a cut through resulting in high levels of traffic and speed.

The Marvin village council is responsible for developing a Land Use Plan. Included in that plan should be proper infrastructure, diverting traffic around subdivisions. The council has failed to realize major traffic should not be routed through subdivisions. Marvin Creek is populated by hundreds of families with children of all ages. These children are at risk with high levels of traffic and speed.

Marvin Creek residents solved part of their safety issue by closing the existing gates on Tom Short Extension. In 2011, Marvin Creek was given approval to make the gate operational by Marvin council and their attorney. NCDOT informed Marvin Creek they had no intent to maintain the section of Tom Short with the existing gates. After a year of resident effort, the gate is operational and diverting traffic around the neighborhood. Residents in the community feel safer. Traffic volume has reduced.

The village is trying to force Marvin Creeks’ gates open. They are pressuring NCDOT to take over the maintenance of Tom Short Extension, currently maintained by Marvin Creek. If the village succeeds, the burden to maintain would fall on taxpayers.

The village is wasting taxpayer money. If gates are forced open, a resolved traffic issue is recreated. The council is fighting their constituents on the basic right to safety.

The village needs to stop wasting resources on forcing Marvin Creek’s gates open. Focus on a proper land use plan, diverting traffic around subdivisions, not through them. In addition, let’s use village resources to fix the safety issues on Groves Edge.

Kathleen Horwitt
Marvin Creek Resident

Keep Marvin Creek open

This letter was read during the Marvin Counci’s April 17 meeting.
Good evening mayor and council members. My name is John Kennally. I live at 9316 Belmont Lane in Canterfield Creek.

Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to voice my opposition to the gates in operation at Marvin Creek.

I have lived in Marvin for 12 years. When people ask me why I moved to Marvin, I tell them one reason was due to the community planning and zoning, that built to a comprehensive plan. That plan included Marvin Creek to be platted as a through street and a non-gated community.

In Fact, Wheatfield Drive is 32.5 feet wide, and by comparison is 67 percent wider than Joe Kerr Road and 55 percent wider than Marvin School Road.

Wheatfield Drive was planned and built as a through street! This fact was available to all prospective buyers through the Marvin Creek sales office.

To close this public right of way is in opposition to the subdivisions approved plat plan and in violation of current zoning. It could also create safety issues to those traveling on narrower roads at much higher speed limits.

I appreciate the council hearing me out and ask that you, as leaders, enforce the village’s zoning ordinances and rescind this gate. I also ask that council members consider recusing votes from village leaders living in Marvin Creek as this issue presents a definite conflict of interest since it could presumably be a veiled attempt to increase housing values in that subdivision.

John Kennally

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