An open letter to Marvin Creek residents
I wanted to voice my opinion concerning the Marvin Creek gate and the attempt by a few residents to dissolve the township.
First, Marvin was founded primarily for one reason: to prevent the possible annexation of the area by Waxhaw and to a lesser extent Charlotte. These individuals did not want services.
Second, the land that your home resides on was farmed by one of these individuals and he became the first mayor of Marvin. The farmer’s name? Mr. Joe Kerr.
Third, I think the vast majority of Marvin residents support your desire to limit traffic and to operate a working gate for the Marvin Creek residents. The issue is your methods. Currently, the gate limits access to state roads 3487 and 3488. The North Carolina Department of Transportation and area legislators have an issue with this. The Marvin Creek homeowners association can easily overcome this by working with the NCDOT and privatize the roads and assume the costs of maintenance. Example, the Long View homeowners association owns the development’s roads and maintains them.
Fourth, I would like to offer a piece of advice. Lower the tone of the discussion and stop the attempts to dissolve the town. These actions alienate you and make you an easy target.
Marvin council ignores public comment
Marvin is now in the road business. The council voted to maintain three cul-de-sacs. It’s unlikely Marvin can ever return them to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. They only took .4 mile of road to receive Powell Bill Funds, but it does not appear most of the council understood the potential long-term liabilities. The only member openly opposed at the meeting was Councilman Overby.
About 50 Marvin residents attended. Most adamantly opposed. In fact, only one voiced support. Councilman Overby distributed data for council members and the public to review. His analysis showed that 9 out of 10 local towns maintaining roads either just cover annual expenses or spend more money than allocated by Powell Bill Funds.
Residents from Bridlepath, Innisbrook, Marvin Creek and Woodlake spoke during public comments. Even former Mayor Don Kerr and former Mayor Pro Tem Gordon Suhre spoke. All pleaded with Councilmen Burman and Salimao to reconsider taking over roads. Unfortunately, Councilman Openshaw and Mayor Dispenziere were not present.
Neither Councilmen Salimao or Burman presented clear facts supporting their decision to take on roads. They were so unsuccessful in convincing residents that most became very vocal in their opposition. Residents were so upset after the vote that about 80 percent angrily stood up and left. As they were leaving, one of the regular attendees stood up and stated: For those of you not usually in attendance, this is what happens. We continue to speak out during public comments and continue to be ignored by the council.
During closing comments Councilman Overby pleaded with residents to give Marvin another chance. Councilman Burman indicated he felt the opposition resulted from a small group of residents out to get Marvin.
Citizens are only trying to educate and convince council to make sound decisions. Marvin residents, please attend a meeting to see how your council governs.
Hello teaching assistants; farewell Dr. Davis
We are writing regarding two important matters affecting our county’s education system; the successful joint efforts of parent-teacher organizations to save the Union County Public Schools’ teaching assistant positions and the retirement of our esteemed superintendent, Dr. Ed Davis.
The ongoing challenges to our county’s education system brought together concerned parents and educators in an unprecedented, yet ultimately favorable, way this year. When faced with the probable loss of most teaching assistant positions and larger class sizes, it was heart-warming to see how many people from all corners of the county stepped forward to prevent it. Parents and educators alike learned a lot in the process about the local and state governmental processes and how their decisions directly impact our children’s quality of education (or lack thereof). In addition, the new connections formed between schools and clusters have already had positive results; PTAs and PTOs are working together, sharing best practices, and forming lasting relationships that will ensure advocacy for Union County Public Schools continues in the future.
Without the coordinated and passionate efforts of many across the county, we feel certain the teaching assistant positions would have been eliminated. And in these lean economic times, it will likely be an annual struggle to maintain the high standard of education we’ve come to expect in Union County.
As reported by the recent independent audit requested by the Union County Board of County Commissioners, UCPS exceeds both in academics and in financial stewardship. We believe many of UCPS’ recent successes are due to Dr. Davis’ fine leadership at the helm of Union County’s public school system, maintaining its status as the reason most people move to our county. Dr. Davis, thank you for steering our school system so ably and admirably.
On behalf of our organization, we congratulate and welcome our new superintendent, Mary Ellis. We look forward to working in concert with her, the Union County Board of Education, Board of County Commissioners, our state legislators, and the North Carolina Association of Educators in protecting Union County Public Schools.
Valerie Secker, Beth Warren, Jeni Kusherman, Nicole Lipscomb, and Lori Maple
Sandy Ridge Elementary School PTA Board and members of Protect Union County Public Schools