Candidates talk new initiatives, Marvin-Efird Park

MARVIN – As Election Day draws closer, the voting pool in Marvin becomes thinner with only four candidates for town council left on the ballot and no formal candidate for mayor.

None of the three incumbents, Mayor Nick Dispenziere, Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Burman and Councilmember Ron Salimao, are running for re-election, so Marvin residents will see three new members on the board after the Nov. 5 election.

To help residents with their decisions on Election Day, the Union County Weekly has reached out to candidates in Marvin, focusing on issues like relationships with other municipalities’ leaders, future
initiatives and the community center at Marvin-Efird Park.

Brian Beaty did not respond to the questions by the press deadline.

See the candidate’s answers to previous questions, as well as responses from candidates in Stallings, Weddington, Waxhaw, Indian Trail and Wesley Chapel online at www.unioncountyweekly.com. Stay tuned next week for another look at candidates in Indian Trail.

Have a question you want a candidate in western Union County to answer? Email it to news@union countyweekly.com with your name and neighborhood included.

Jim Day
jimday@marvinbacktobasics.com
www.marvinbacktobasics.com

How do you plan to work with other local leaders in surrounding municipalities to plan for future growth and infrastructure in western Union County and Marvin, if at all?
I will work with local leaders and business owners to ensure the rural feel of western Union County is not lost as we grow.  We need to preserve what makes Union County so appealing by providing roads and development that reflects the reasons people moved here in the first place.

If you could add one initiative you have seen in other local towns to Marvin, what would it be?
Connectivity.  Davidson is a great example of what a community can do if they spend money on the right projects that benefit all. Even though Marvin has physical boundaries, it is very hard to identify where the village begins and ends from one street to another.  Council needs to focus on connecting neighborhoods and schools, and not on pet projects.

Village council is currently working toward finding the best alternative in regard to the community center at Marvin-Efird Park.  What actions do you think should be taken in regard to a new facility or renovating the current structure?
First and foremost, council needs to start with a capital budget. Council has spent more than $1 million on the park and now wants to spend an additional $600,000 on a community center.  There has been little consideration to parking, fire, ADA requirements, lighting, septic, paving and security for a facility that is going to be locked 24/7 unless it is rented.  There are better ways to spend taxpayers’ money.

Christina Frazzini
Christina@christinaforcouncil.com
www.ChristinaForCouncil.com
How do you plan to work with other local leaders in surrounding municipalities to plan for future growth and infrastructure in western Union County and Marvin, if at all?
As our region is one of the highest growth regions in North Carolina, we all share the same challenges related to improving public safety, emergency response services, education and other issues.  Working together to manage this growth will benefit everyone in the western region of Union County.
As an example, all local municipalities will have future requirements to manage road maintenance as a result of the reduction of North Carolina subsidies for road maintenance.  From what I know about this situation, it would be invaluable for our neighboring municipalities to work together to bring a collective solution to our shared roadway infrastructure.
From a funding perspective, I believe it would be advantageous for the smaller municipalities to gain pricing reductions if we pool our road maintenance in a unified manner.  Road funding planning and requirements are increasingly becoming a reality we all face together.  By working together to plan and jointly fund road maintenance projects, we can build and maintain our shared roadway infrastructure in an efficient and more effective manner.
I believe by working together we also can bring more efficiency to our shared public safety, emergency response and education responsibilities.

If you could add one initiative you have seen in other local towns to Marvin, what would it be?
As a former federal law enforcement officer with extensive experience working with state and local municipalities on joint “safe streets” initiatives, I believe a continued focus and commitment to public safety is what citizens expect from their local governments.
As an example, Weddington currently has a Public Safety Advisory Board that works directly with their council.  I would like to have Marvin form a Public Safety Advisory Working Group with law enforcement professionals as well as members of our community so Marvin can apply more focus and attention on public safety in our community.
Although it is has been said Marvin “does not have a crime problem,” I do believe all communities should continuously strive to make improvements to our overall public safety.

Village council is currently working toward finding the best alternative in regards to the community center at Marvin-Efird Park.  What actions do you think should be taken in regard to a new facility or renovating the current structure?
It is my understanding that the current Marvin Town Council has not received any bid responses at this time, and I would like to collect all the information prior to offering comment related to existing council efforts.
I do believe the council has a responsibility to maintain and improve the Marvin-Efird Park in a manner that brings value to our overall community.  I look forward to learning more about the options currently being considered and believe the initial focus should be on maintaining the current structure. If improvements are required, they should not require significant funding or require the village to raise taxes at any point.
Additionally, as a horse owner, I believe Marvin needs to focus on and return to its historical roots as an equestrian/rural community. Therefore, I believe any future enhancements to the park (if any) need to be consistent with aligning the use of the park with themes that enhance a vision of Marvin based on these historical roots. Ideas I have include establishing occasional farmers markets, mini MAREs events and other community sponsored events.

Joe Pollino
jpollinojr@gmail.com

How do you plan to work with other local leaders in surrounding municipalities to plan for future growth and infrastructure in western Union County and Marvin, if at all?
Part of having a vision for our community is understanding what your constituents want.  We have been fortunate to have a survey go out to the community with a relatively high rate of response.  While it may be clear what our residents want, we should be mindful of what our neighbors are doing, as well.  For instance, should Waxhaw decide to develop a large commercial area for big box stores, does it really make sense to replicate that?
It is clear most residents want to continue building bike paths and greenways. Ideally, these would connect with the greenways being planned in other communities.  This would require reaching out to other planning boards and working with them to make those plans come to fruition.

If you could add one initiative you have seen in other local towns to Marvin, what would it be?
I would like the village to explore initiatives to successfully encourage more citizen involvement in our community planning.  Events, such as National Night Out, which brings our community together, also are worth pursuing. Neighborhood watch programs are a cost-effective way of increasing safety.  Other programs that engage Marvin’s youth, like youth council committees, can provide the opportunity to hear from Marvin’s younger generation. This also could be a way of providing students’ with service hour
opportunities.

Village council is currently working toward finding the best alternative in regard to the community center at Marvin-Efird Park.  What actions do you think should be taken in regard to a new facility or renovating the current structure?
The park was a well-needed addition to our community.  There are current plans to renovate the residential structure. I would ask that the current council clarify their vision for the structure’s use.  A significant amount of tax funds will be used for the project.  We should assess the project and determine whether it’s the “best use of land” before we expend the funds.

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