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Board of Adjustment - Special Meeting 

Posted by Lisa Friday, August 21, 2015 1:58:00 PM

The Board of Adjustment has called for a Special Meeting for Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Click here for agenda and public hearing notice.

State Highway Patrol Urges Motorists to Stay Alert for School Buses 

A Public Service Announcement from Highway Patrol
Posted by Melody Tuesday, August 18, 2015 3:01:00 PM

State Highway Patrol Urges Motorists to Stay Alert Due to Increase of School Buses on North Carolina Roadways

In North Carolina, over 14,000 school buses travel our highways daily transporting children to and from school. Most motorists that meet school buses on the state’s highways actually stop as required by North Carolina law. However some do not. The results can be tragic. Since 1999, thirteen children in North Carolina have been struck and killed while loading and/or unloading from a stop school bus. School buses are easy to spot. They typically are painted yellow with the words “School Bus” printed in large type on their front and rear as well as being equipped with alternately flashing red lights on the front and rear. Yet despite these distinguishable traits, motorists still fail to properly stop

According to the Department of Public Instruction, a total of 3,153 vehicles across the state passed stopped school buses on a single day in 2014. Despite that number, school buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Statistics show that students are about 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends. More surprisingly, a child is much safer riding the bus than being driven by a parent.

Through the years, the penalties for those who violate the law, have become more stringent. Under North Carolina law, G.S. 20-217, drivers going either direction must stop when a school bus is stopped to let children off unless it is on a highway divided by a median or a four or more lane road with a center turning lane. Drivers are to remain stopped until the bus has completed dropping the children off and begun to move again. Drivers who are convicted of passing a stopped school bus face a $500 fine and 5-points on their driver’s license. A driver who passes a stopped school bus and strikes someone will face a Class I felony and be fined a minimum of $1,000. The penalty increases to a Class H felony and fine of $2,500 if someone dies.

“As we begin the school year, our Troopers will be closely monitoring school buses. Our number one goal is to ensure the safety of the public but particularly our children,” said Colonel Bill Grey, Commander of the State Highway Patrol. “To accomplish this goal, we must work together to keep our school children safe and to educate all drivers on the importance of school bus safety.”

To increase educational awareness, below are a few simple safety tips that drivers, parents and children should follow:

Drivers:

  1. When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
  2. When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  3. Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
  4. Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  5. Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  6. Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state. Learn the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:

-     Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

-     Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

Children:

  1. Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  2. When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
  3. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s okay before stepping onto the bus.
  4. If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
  5. Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps don’t get caught in the handrails or doors.
  6. Never walk behind the bus.
  7. Walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus.
  8. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.

Parents:

  1. Teach children to follow these common sense practices to make school bus transportation safer.

For more information on North Carolina’s Stop Arm Law or other educational safety tips, please go to the following link: http://www.ncbussafety.org/stoparm/.

For more general information, contact Lt. Jeff Gordon at 919-733-5027 or Jeff.Gordon@ncdps.gov

Constitution Week - September 17-23, 2015 

Posted by Melody Monday, August 17, 2015 3:13:00 PM

The Village Council adopted a proclamation recognizing the week of September 17-23 as Constitution Week.  Click here to view the proclamation.

Constitution Week is the commemoration of America's most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23.  The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights.

This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to:

  • Emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.
  • Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
  • Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

Constitution Week is a great time to learn more about this important document and celebrate the freedoms it gave us. 

Union County Tax Bills are in the Mail 

Posted by Melody Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:39:00 AM

The Union County Tax Office will send out the 2015 annual property tax bills in mid-August.  Tax bills are mailed directly to individuals who pay the bill – either property owners or mortgage companies with which taxes are escrowed. This year, for the first time, the Tax Office will send a courtesy notice to the approximately 37,000 property owners who escrow their property taxes with their mortgage that will indicate the tax liability.  Click here for additional information on Union County taxes.

Marvin residents should expect the municipal tax bills in mid-September.

Security Alert! 

Posted by Melody Tuesday, August 11, 2015 9:34:00 AM

Deputy Swan advises that there have been a rash of vehicle break-ins in the Marvin area over the past few nights.  He recommends that you ensure your car doors are locked and that all valuables are removed.  Also make sure your garage doors are closed, even if you are at home.

Union County Recreation Treasure Map! 

Posted by Melody Monday, August 10, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Union County Parks & Recreation Department has created a webpage to help residents plan a variety of ways to enjoy nature and recreation.  The Recreation Treasure Map shows parks, greenways, farmers markets, libraries, etc. located across the County.  In addition, they have included a page called 'Exciting Day Trips' to help plan trips outside of Union County. This is a great tool to assist Union County residents to get out and enjoy nature!

Council Calls for Public Hearings to be held August 11 

Posted by Melody Monday, July 27, 2015 3:59:00 PM

The Marvin Village Council has called for public hearings to be held Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Banks Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall for the purpose of receiving public comment on the following:

  1. Proposed Text Amendments to Chapter 151.051 (B) Temporary Uses and Structures (Addresses construction trailer and/or sales trailer development sites upon trailer removal)
  1. Proposed Text Amendments to Chapter 150.012 to add (B)(3) Centralized Box Units (Require the location and screening of centralized and cluster box units to be identified on construction plans)

The Village of Marvin reserves the right to make amendments to the proposed documents based on information received at the public hearing.  Citizens are invited to make written and oral comment.  All documents are available for inspection at the Village Hall during regular business hours.   

The Village of Marvin does not discriminate on the basis of disability.  If you need auxiliary aid or service or other accommodations in order to attend or fully participate at the public hearing, please contact the Village Clerk at (704) 843-1680 as far in advance as possible so that your request can be considered.

 

National Night Out - August 4, 2015 

Posted by Lisa Wednesday, July 22, 2015 9:40:00 AM

Tri Ballantyne - Impact to Local Roads 

Posted by Melody Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:10:00 AM

The Morrison Family YMCA hosts the 6th annual Adult and Kids' Tri Ballantyne and Tri! Fest on Saturday, July 18.  The day-long triathlon is open to the entire community.  It begins at 7 a.m. with a 300 yard swim in the outdoor pool, 12.7 mile bike ride through Blakeney and Union County and a 5k run through the Ballantyne area.

Traffic Advisory:  Motorists are encouraged to avoid Rea Road (southbound), Crane Road, New Town Road (west bound), Marvin Road (north bound), Providence Road West and Community House Roads between the hours of 7:00AM – 11:00AM. Click here for additional event information, course maps and registration details.

Press Release

Bike Course Road Map

 

Firework Safety Tips! 

Posted by Melody Thursday, July 2, 2015 11:16:00 AM

As the 4th of July quickly approaches, many of us begin to think about barbecues, parades, block parties, and obviously, fireworks!

Unfortunately, along with these beautiful displays comes the danger. If not used properly, fireworks can be dangerous especially when fire conditions are extreme. As severe drought continues to plague several regions nationwide increasing the threat of wildfires, it is important to celebrate the 4th of July in the safest way possible.

5 Firework Safety Tips and Resources:

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.  NC has restrictive laws pertaining to fireworks. Click here  to read about what fireworks are legal in NC
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

One Final Tip...Make a pre-determined meeting place in case you get separated during a 4th of July event!

Click here to learn more on fireworks safety!

Click here to see where there are planned July 4th fireworks. 

 

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