Union County Commissioner Lance Simpson was absent from Monday’s meeting and Chairman Jerry Simpson announced that Lance Simpson has resigned, effective March 16. Lance Simpson took another job and is being relocated, he explained.
“We’re going to certainly miss Lance,” Jerry Simpson said. “(He was) very professional in his dealings…a real asset to the board.”
“We wish him well in his new endeavor,” Simpson said.
VSO Note: The Board of Commissioners will name a replacement to fill Mr. Lance Simpson’s term, who was elected in 2014 and whose typical term will expire in 2018.
After what seemed to be years, sanity may have returned to the Wesley Chapel Council. Mayor Brad Horvath is the difference. Over the last 12 years the town has been besieged by developers whose real interest had nothing to do with service to the community. Many pages of the Village Scribe describe this struggle.
Wesley Chapel is not the only town that has to fight off the barbarians at the gate, Weddington, Waxhaw, Marvin, Stallings and of course Indian Trail, has had ongoing battles to protect their turf. There isn’t a Western Union town that couldn’t help themselves by hiring well-trained zoning administrators, updating their land-use plans and being careful about whom they elect.
Wesley Chapel Council denies development: ‘It would represent a fundamental change to the Village’
By CAROLYN STEEVES (The Enquirer Journal -Monroe)
February 13, 2018
The Village of Wesley Chapel council voted 3-2 Monday night to deny a development planned for the intersection of Potter Road and Highway 84.
Council members Mike Como and Amanda Fuller voted against the development and Council members William Rodriguez and Paul Kaperonis voted in favor. The mayor votes in case of a tie and Mayor Brad Horvath voted against the development.
The development sparked some outrage in the community with residents concerns the impact the development would have on traffic and access to school children.
The future land-use map, updated in January of 2017, recommends office-institutional development for that area. The land-use plan, adopted in 2015, said that the commercial, governmental and institutional hub is at the intersection of N.C. 84 and Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road and should be encouraged.
According to the land-use plan, “commercial development beyond the Village’s commercial, governmental and institutional hub will only be allowed at areas designated on the Land Use Plan map. Commercial development will be limited to low-density, small-scale retail which provides neighborhood services, rural cottage industries and/or small-scale recreational opportunities.”
The proposed development, proposed the The Moser Group, included a day care, indoor tennis club, indoor swim club, convenience store and Dunkin’ Donuts, according to a presentation from December.
In response to community feedback, The Moser Group changed the plan to have less of a commercial impact and eliminated access from the elementary school. The group also planned a traffic impact study, according to a statement from December.
Mayor Brad Horvath said in an interview that the land-use plan was updated about two years ago and while he would consider some offices on the corner of that intersection, it does not mention commercial development. During the discussion, the applicant offered to limit commercial development to 20 percent, but Horvath said he was unwilling to accept that.
“I think we made some progress, but again, it was that commercial component that I was just not comfortable approving,” he said. “It would represent a fundamental change to the village.”
There are some projects in development that could alleviate traffic in that area, Horvath said, including a roundabout and studies by the N.C. Department of Transportation. However, he said he did not want to make a decision until those projects came to fruition.
Horvath said he was pleased with the community input and not surprised.
“I’m always happy to have the input of the residents because that’s who we’re elected to represent,” he said.
Land-use plans are generally revisited every five years, Horvath said. Thus, he anticipates council will look at it again in two years.
He added that another proposal, one with office-institutional use, may come through.
Some of the allowable uses under that zoning include a day-care center, indoor swim club, indoor tennis club and other aspects of this project that would have been “good and unique” additions to the community, Horvath said.
“I think we would be open to that kind of development,” he said.
Dear Readers: I’d like to extend an invitation to the many friends, admirers and acquaintances of Lanny Openshaw to join in a celebration of his life on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2 pm to 6pm at Marvin’s Eford Park (8909 New Town Road.)
Lanny succumbed to cancer few weeks ago. He was well know fixture in Union County and the Village of Marvin for the past 17 years as a Marvin Councilmen, Union County Commissioner and an avid fan and promoter of Lacrosse.
During the celebration, there will be opportunities for friends to share their memories and/or anecdotes of Lanny with this gathering of his family and friends. Please come remember Lanny with all of us.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that we have had to weather weeks of protests by whining liberals, college snow flakes, Democrat sore losers, Green Party shills and even over wrought Broadway actors, but apparently we now have a secret Facebook group called “Action Together Network Admin Group” purportedly to be parents representing parents of the Marvin, Weddington, Cuthberston, Parkwood and Sun Valley clusters is attempting to intimidate the new Board Of Education into browbeating parents.
The following post has been making the rounds to scare up signatures to present at the School Board meeting on Tuesday.
This statement will be presented at the BOE meeting this Tuesday. We are trying to get as many names as possible to sign.
Please let me know if you are willing to add your name to this statement. Thanks
We are a group of concerned parents with children in the following Union County Public Schools clusters: Cuthbertson, Marvin Ridge, Parkwood, SunValley, and Weddington. We have come together to make a request of our Union County Board of Education. As a response to the recent elections and other events, we propose that the UCPS Board of Education and Superintendent Houlihan relay the following statement as a Connect-Ed message (phone and email) to all parents of UCPS students. Union County Public Schools is a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and supportive school system for all of our families, including those who have been Union County residents for a long time, those who are new here, and those who speak English as a second language. We support our students’ rights to an education free of bullying, harassment, intimidation, and discrimination as stated in the Board of Education’s Policy 4-7 Prohibition Against Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying (Students). It states: The Board believes that all employees and students should be free of unlawful discrimination, including harassment and bullying, as a part of a safe, orderly and inviting working and learning environment. It commits itself to nondiscrimination in all its educational and employment activities. The Board expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying however motivated, directed toward any person or group, including, but not limited to acts reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, developmental, or sensory disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics. Our district firmly rejects discrimination of any kind, whether from students, volunteers teachers, staff, or administrators. Anyone (whether student, volunteer, teacher, staff, or administrator) who experiences or witnesses discrimination or harassment for any reason should tell a school counselor or principal immediately. Our school counselors are ready and able to support anyone with concerns. UCPS is committed to ensuring that every student feels accepted. We hold high our Board of Education’s core values of fairness and equality. Thank you for your time. Signed,
JUST YOUR LOCAL DEMOCRATS I look at this effort as an attempt to do locally, what the Democrats having been doing nationwide. The group writes in their post “As a response to the recent elections and other events”, which ties it into Democrat hysteria over the Trump victory, but reference to ‘other events’ most likely concerns the changes to the board voting majority which will likely make changes restore fiscal sensibility to the school system.
I expect that we will see this group and their allies in the Union County Democrat Party to bring more of the attack and intimidate tactics, we’ve seen elsewhere in the state.