Public Notice of Potential Quorum of Village Council and Planning Board

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Holiday Closure
Posted by Marvin Clerk Friday, July 3, 2020 12:00:00 PM
The Village Offices will be closed on July 3, 2020 in observance of Independence Day.


Mandatory Mask Order for North Carolina
Posted by Marvin Clerk Friday, June 26, 2020 8:50:00 AM

Dear Residents,

On Wednesday, June 24, the Governor announced a mandatory mask order for all of North Carolina would go into effect at 5:00pm on Friday, June 26.

Executive Order 147 requires face masks in public places when social distancing of 6 feet or more is unobtainable.

Public Places are defined as retail businesses, restaurants, personal care, grooming, and tattoo businesses, child care facilities, government offices and agencies, transportation, manufacturing, construction sites, agricultural settings, meat or poultry processing plants, and long term care facilities.


Exceptions to the order:

*  Medical, behavioral, or disability

*  Under the age of 11

*  Actively eating or drinking

* Strenuous exercise

* Communication with someone who is hearing impaired that needs to read lips

* Giving a speech

* Working at home or in a personal vehicle

* Securing government services, medical services, or identification purposes

* Workplace safety

* Face covering impedes visibility to operate equipment, or a vehicle

* A child who cannot safely wear a face covering


For more information on this order:


Village Council Special Called Meeting__June 16, 2020 AT 10 AM
Posted by Marvin Clerk Monday, June 15, 2020 4:26:00 PM


Dear Residents,
Just a friendly reminder that the Village Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 10 am in the Village Hall (10004 New Town Road). The purpose is to hold a Special Called Meeting to review the Financial Models and to discuss and consider future Capital Projects. The meeting will also be held virtually through Zoom. Instructions for joining the meeting are below:

Join Zoom Meeting by computer, Click on the link below:

Join the Zoom Meeting by Phone. Download the Zoom App first.

Meeting ID: 857 9356 0473

Password: 156921

Click on the link to review the Agenda for this meeting: 2020-06-16 Village Council Special Called Meeting Agenda.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this notice.

Thank you,

Barbie Blackwell, NCCMC
Clerk, Village of Marvin

This notice is issued on this 15th day of June 2020 pursuant to the laws of the NCGS 143-318.12(a)(b). Contact the Village Clerk at (704) 627-2018 for additional information.


Dates, Reminders and Upcoming Events and Closures
Posted by Marvin Clerk Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:43:00 AM
June 2020 Dates and Reminders

June 11 1-4 pm Construction Professionals Network Institute (CPNI) Workshop (Remember to register)

June 12 9 am - 12 (noon) CPNI Workshp (Remember to register)

June 14 Flag Day – We salute all our service members at home and abroad

June 16 Planning Board Meeting at 6:30 pm  in the Village Hall

June 21 Fathers Day – Happy Fathers Day

June 23 Coffee with Council at 10 am with Mayor Pro Tem Kim Vandenberg and CouncilMan Bob Marcolese

June 25 Village Council Work Session Meeting at 9 am in the village Hall

2020 Census
Please complete the 2020 Census at The census helps shape may different aspects of our community. Everyone is counted. For the first time, you can choose to respond online, by phone, or mail. Respond today. Your Privacy Matters.

PR&G Board has 2 seats vacant

Traffic Officers will be on the Corner of New Town Road and Marvin Road to help facilitate traffic.

Notary Public Services is offered Monday -Thursday from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Contact the Village Clerk or 704.843.1680 ext. 102 to make an appointment.

Agendas for all meetings are posted on the Village website at least 48 hours in advance of the meetings.


Upcoming Events and Closures

July 3rd Village Offices Closed in Observance of Independence Day.
July 4th Independence Day. We salute all our service members at home and abroad.


Posted by Marvin Clerk Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:36:00 PM

Notice of Potential Quorum
Village Council, Planning Board and PR&G Board
a Virtual Workshop Hosted by:
Construction Professionals Network Institute (CPNI)
June 11, 2020 * 1-4 pm  and  June 12, 2020 *  9 am – 12 (noon)

 NOTICE is hereby given that a quorum of the Village Council, Planning Board and PR&G Board may attend the following event or function:
NOTE:  The event or function described above will be hosted by CPNI, which is a volunteer association of engineers, architects, and related professionals, at no cost or obligation to the Village of Marvin. This is a feasibility workshop on the Village Center District based on the existing assets and proposed uses, and will be one of many workshops before anything is finalized.

If you are interested and available, please use the link below to register for the zoom meeting. Of note, this is a registration link to the meeting which you can use to sign up for attendance, after which it will give you the actual link for the zoom meeting.

Click on the link: CPNI Workshop Agenda.

The training is not being conducted or under the supervision of the Village Council, Planning Board and PR&G Board. The Village Council, Planning Board and PR&G Board are not responsible for this meeting, the topics of discussion, or the content of any communications made during the event or function. No formal action or deliberations will take place between or among the members of the Village Council, Planning Board and PR&G Board.
 Thank you,

Barbie Blackwell, NCCMC
Clerk, Village of Marvin

This notice is issued on this 10th day of June, 2020 pursuant to the laws of the NCGS 143-318.12(a)(b). Contact the Village Clerk at (704) 843-1680 ext. 102 for additional information.


NEW Trails......Come Visit!
Posted by Marvin Clerk Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:04:00 PM

 Dear Residents:

There are two new sections of natural surface walking trails (Links to pictures below) totaling a mile have been added to Marvin's trail system and are now open! Come visit us!!!!

Click on the Links to Amber Meadows Trail 1 and Amber Meadows Trail 2.

The Village's trial system provides great recreational opportunities to the citizens of Marvin and connectivity between neighborhoods. It also provides walking access to schools and local amenities, which is the ultimate goal. Get out and experience the nature and tranquil beauty in your own backyard!  

New Trail Details:

  • The “Town Hall Trail” runs from the end of the cul-de-sac on Golden Bell Drive in the Preserve neighborhood (Phase 4) and runs to the cul-de-sac on Pampas Way in the Preserve neighborhood. Trail length is approximately .45 miles long
  • The “Amber Meadows Trail” runs along the McBride Branch Creek off of Tom Short Road. It is an out and back trail and its approximately .35 miles long.


NOTE: These trails do not have on-site parking but have access via connecting public walking path sidewalks.


Posted by Marvin Clerk Monday, June 1, 2020 2:38:00 PM

The Village Council recessed their Special Called Meeting today until Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11 am.

The same agenda will be used for this meeting:  2020-06-04 Village Council Special Called Meeting Agenda.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this notice.





This notice is issued on this 1st day of June 2020 pursuant to the laws of the State of North Carolina 143-318.12(a)(b). Contact the Village Clerk at (704) 843.1680 ext. 102 for additional information.


Village Council Special Called Meeting__June 1, 2020 2 pm
Posted by Marvin Clerk Friday, May 29, 2020 5:18:00 PM

Mayor Pollino has called for a Special Meeting to be held on Monday, June 1, 2020, at 2 pm in the Village Hall (10004 New Town Road).
The purpose is to hold a Special Called Meeting to discuss and take possible action on the appointment of the Council Vacant Seat.

Click on the link to review the 2020-06-01 Village Council Special Called Meeting Agenda for his meeting.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this notice.

Thank you,

Barbie Blackwell, NCCMC
Clerk, Village of Marvin

This notice is issued on this 29th day of  May 2020 pursuant to the laws of the NCGS 143-318.12(a)(b). Contact the Village Clerk at (980) 293.5190 for additional information.


Posted by Marvin Clerk Friday, May 29, 2020 5:16:00 PM

May 29, 2020

A letter from the Mayor of Marvin to all residents:
It has come to the attention of all council members and myself that an effort to petition the recent charter change amendment voted on recently by the current council is underway.  We respect the rights of individuals who want to challenge this change however I would be remiss to not respond in a timely manner.  As your Mayor I have chosen not to be on any personal social media platforms to address any town concerns.  I do not feel these are the proper venues to address our town issues.  I would hope you would take a few minutes to read my official response to this petition challenge that you may have recently received.
Over the past 7 years as your Mayor I have had the privilege to serve this community and was recently humbled again by your vote to have me continue in this role as a ‘write in’ candidate even though I was not on the ballot.  Over the past few years I have also witnessed a great deal of efforts by a few citizens to create a division within our community.  They have done this by spreading false propaganda along with personal attacks.  These attacks were aimed at those of us on Village Council and or Village Boards.  I am convinced that I, along with many of your current new council members, chose to live in this community for many of the same reasons you have.  These recent charter changes have been voted on to only improve our community and to keep Marvin the special place it has always been.
In regards to the charter change it has been suggested that the current council is taking advantage of the current Covid-19 situation to get this passed and that could be nothing further than the truth.  The charter changes were discussed and put in place in February of this year by the newly elected council.  These issues were on the agenda well before the Covid-19 pandemic became an issue. In keeping with being transparent on all matters, your new council members are also adding weekly office hours.  We hope you will take the opportunity to engage with your local officials on any matters and to get the real facts on what is happening in your Village.  
In short, regardless of what you may have heard from groups or individuals, the first part of the charter change addresses the form of government from Mayor-Council to Council-Manager.  This essentially will remove the ability of council members including the Mayor on hiring or firing of staff members that currently work for the Village of Marvin.  We, as a council, felt it was unfair to employees to essentially serve five managers, (the Mayor and four council members), and have to worry about their employment every two years when an election was held.  For years our past administrators have never had an employment contract with the Village of Marvin until now.  Our former Administrator, Christina Amos, will now serve as your Town Manager.  She has done a tremendous job in the short time she has been here.
We as a council believe that we need to create an environment that will keep good employees and not have the turnover we have experienced in the past.  All employees of the Village will report to the Town Manager going forward.  This charter change, if not successfully challenged and rescinded will be in effect for a minimum of two years.  Any future council members will have the opportunity to change this charter back after two years.  Currently 88% of towns or municipalities of our size in North Carolina operate under this form of government. 
The second charter change relates to the Mayor being allowed to vote on all matters.  This was actually brought up to a vote by a former councilmember who had recently served on the board.  Our Village was initially set up to have four council members vote and the Mayor only voting on 2-2 split decisions.  The Mayor was also allowed to vote on any appointments.  (Note; That right to vote on appointments was removed about two years ago by former council members for reasons not clear).  There are many reasons why having the Mayor vote on all issues makes sense especially with what we experienced this last year. 
Currently our NC state statute allows meetings to be held with a minimum of three members of council out of five to have a quorum.  As a minimum, that could include three council members or two council members and the Mayor.  With the Mayor not being able to vote, the Village would need three council members present at all meetings to vote on any financial matters.  This was a concern this past year when a councilmember had missed 18 consecutive meetings and had not responded to any staff members, council members, nor did he vote on any Village matters over the last year!  He was paid his full stipend during that time.  With one councilmember a ‘no show’ we also had another member of council facing serious medical issues and his attendance unfortunately was many times limited.  This was because of treatments that conflicted with our scheduled meetings, or how he happened to be feeling that particular day.  This left village meetings at times with a quorum of two council members and the Mayor but we needed three votes for any financial matters to be passed. 
I am happy to report to the community that the former councilmember who was dealing with medical issues is doing well.  I’d also like to inform our constituents that the councilmember who had missed 18 meetings over the last year was recently removed on a 3-0 vote.   We are currently searching for his replacement.  We have also put in place new rules going forward where stipends will not be paid out to councilmembers with unexcused absences from scheduled meetings.
A few final thoughts about the Mayor being allowed to vote with this charter change.  This is not about a power grab as some have suggested.  It takes three votes to get anything passed currently.  That could be three council members or two council members and the Mayor.  Going forward wouldn’t you want to know how the Mayor votes or has voted in the past so you can make informed decisions going forward in future elections?  The Mayor’s position should be held accountable.  In this current and sometimes divisive climate, if we found ourselves with a 2-2 split council where the Mayor was not allowed to vote, council members going forward could essentially protest new elections if they didn’t get their majority by not showing up to meetings thus putting the Village in a difficult situation where nothing would get done.  
I appreciate your thoughtful consideration on this petition.  If you have already signed the petition and now want to remove your name please contact our staff.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, feel free to call or email me or contact our Town Manager, Christina Amos at
Joe Pollino
Village of Marvin, Mayor
Cell: (980)328-1280


PUBLIC NOTICE_Official Village of Marvin Information 

FAQ on Village Charter Change
Posted by Marvin Clerk Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:20:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                              05/28/2020


Christina Amos

(704) 627-2020


Village Charter Change FAQ

Q: What exactly are the changes that are being made to the Village Charter?

A: There are two changes being proposed to the Charter:    

1) Form of Government: Changing from Council-Mayor form of Government to a Council-Manager form of Government (see second page for more detail on this).

2) Mayoral Vote: Changing to allow the Mayor to vote on only matters that involve a tie-vote to allowing the Mayor to vote on ALL items.

The Village of Marvin has and will continue to operate with non-partisan elections. No changes being proposed would impact decisions on a partisan basis.

Q: How long have these changes been discussed? Was this a rushed decision?

A: The Village Council that was elected into office in November of 2019 began publicly discussing this item in early February. In order to maintain transparency, Council assured charter changes being proposed were clearly stated in all public meeting notices. Timeline of decision as follows:

February 7, 2020: Discussion of concept of changes during retreat idea.

February 27, 2020: Discussion of both changes openly discussed and advertised as a meeting topic.

March 10, 2020: Resolution of Intent to Change Charter; no public comments.

April 7, 2020 Public Hearing to consider comments for or against proposed changes; no public comments.

May 12, 2020: Adoption of the Ordinances to Amend Charter.

Q: How common is the proposed form of government in North Carolina? Will it be unusual to change?

A: Over 88% of municipalities in NC with a population size of 5,000-10,000 comparable to the Village of Marvin (population 7,000) have a Manager-Council form. [1] No, it would be unusual NOT to change; Marvin is one of only seven municipalities within this population range that still have the Mayor-Council form of government. As populations/services grow, its common to see a change in governmental form to better adapt to needs.

[1] Source: Nelson, Kimberly. 2020. “NC Cities 500 to 10K.” NCLM.

Q: Has the Charter been changed before without a referendum?

A: Yes, it was changed in August of 2016 and April 2017 to allow the Mayor to be elected by the people and to reduce his/her term from 4 years to 2 years without a referendum.

Q: Are Charter changes permanent?

A: No. Charter changes are common in government; it’s not uncommon to see changes as elected bodies and organizational needs change. Charters can be re-amended if they do not work out as intended within two years after the beginning of the term of the office of the officers elected.

Q: What are benefits for a Manager-Council Form of Government over a Mayor-Council Form of Government? 

A: There are pros and cons for both forms and it really depends on the need of the community and organization itself. The biggest factor to consider is how elections impact municipal administration in order for residents to assure continuity of operations and projects. According to the North Carolina League of Municipalities and the UNC School of Government (both professional governmental organizations), the following bullet points are general considerations for both:

Mayor-Council form (the Village’s current form)

  • Generally, these forms of government are for smaller organizations where the Mayor is typically used to carry out day to day tasks because there are very few services, staff, or citizens. All staff in this form work directly for the board (not the person that is monitoring their day to day activities). These employees can be subject to small town politics because of the lack of separation between their direct reports and the political environment; this environment can create angst, instability, and high turnover during election years and an atmosphere for unclear direction and oversight at times.

Manager-Council Form of Government (proposed form)

  • A professional/educated manager, removed from politics, often with a higher degree and more relevant experience compared to Mayor is selected by the elected body and responsible for daily operations including oversight of all employees who he/she is directly monitoring daily. This clear supervision allows more neutrality, clear direction, and effectiveness in operations. This form is extremely common in municipalities over 5,000 in population as it offers more stability, professionalism, and consistency. The Manager is usually a member of a highly ethical association such as the International City/Council Managers Association and are bound and monitored by a strict code of ethics.

Q: Would oversight and transparency be reduced with the proposed changes including the Mayoral vote?  

A: There are no changes that would elude transparency of the public. Personnel decisions would be a change that would not be under direct authority of the board; however, personnel decisions are still subject to public inspection shall anyone desire to question any decisions. Citizens would simply complete a public records request and any public information will be handed over. All meetings and deliberations about policy will be conducted in open public meetings as they are now.

The Council sees the change in allowing the Mayoral vote a way to streamline decisions and to promote greater transparency. The opinions and stance of issues of the Mayor would be clearly transparent and instead of promoting a system that would attempt decisions outside of public meetings; this Council believes this is better for constituents and should promote greater accountability amongst those in office and if it does not work as intended, it can be changed back in 2 years.






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