FALL 2011 NEWSLETTER VILLAGE OF MISENHEIMER PO Box 100 Misenheimer, NC 28109-0100 P: 704-463-1234 F: 704-463-1107 www.villageofmisenheimer.com EMERGENCY: 911 POLICE Office: 704-463-3000
SAVE THESE DATES!
• Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Bulk Waste Pickup • Saturday, October 29, 2011 11AM until 3PM Village Celebration-Pork BBQ Lunch • Sunday, November 6, 2011 Daylight Savings Time Ends • Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Election Day-Please VOTE • Friday, November 11, 2011 Veteran’s Day • Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Bagged Leaf & Yard Waste Pickup
Bulk Waste Roadside Pickup on Tuesday, October 25, 2011: Bulk Waste includes large items such as furniture, large auto parts, trees, branches, stumps, and other oversize wastes whose large size precludes or complicates their handling by normal solid waste collection, processing, or disposal methods. Please-NO whole house clean outs.
Bagged Leaf & Yard Waste Roadside Pickup on Tuesday, November 15, 2011: Yard Waste includes small tree limbs and bagged leaves, NOT to include debris resulting from private landscaping, commercial/professional landscaping or debris caused by storms or other inclement weather.
Stanly County Solid Waste Disposal: Residents can also utilize the Convenience Centers for waste disposal. Refer to www.co.stanly.nc.us and click on Departments/Convenience Site Information for a list of sites and what items they will accept or not.
Please contact the Village office (704-463-1234) if you are experiencing any garbage (every Tuesday) and/or recycling (every other Thursday) problems with our Waste Management pickups.
Village of Misenheimer Fall Cookout Celebration:
Please join your neighbors on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 11AM until 3PM for a FREE BBQ Pork lunch with slaw & chips at the Village of Misenheimer Community Building on Lion’s Club Road-Rain or Shine. There will be fun games for all ages. Please bring your favorite dessert to share with your neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there!
Village of Misenheimer Elections Tuesday, November 8, 2011:
Michael Burrage has served on the Village Council since 2008. He is employed with Schult Homes.
Jim Gulledge has served on the Village Council since early 2011. He is employed with Pfeiffer University.
Sidewalks for the Village of Misenheimer Update:
The Village must spend Powell Bill funds before June 30, 2011 or the funds will revert back to the State of NC. Sidewalks are planned to be built from Pfeiffer Place to the Village limits at the Substation on NC Highway 52 South. In addition, the Council is evaluating repairs and improvements to the existing sidewalk from the University to Pfeiffer Place. The Council is coordinating with Richfield to extend the sidewalks through a small portion of unincorporated property between the Village of Misenheimer and Richfield. The eventual goal is to have a sidewalk from the Village to the shopping center located in Richfield at the intersection of NC Highways 52 and 49.
Gladstone Academy Restoration Update:
The property on Wesley Chapel Road has been cleared of debris, graded, and the grounds seeded. The Council is currently researching historical restoration options and grants.
Carolina Thread Trail Grant Award:
The Village of Misenheimer, Richfield, and New London were awarded $20,000.00 toward the corridor design for a portion of the Carolina Thread Trail. The grant must be matched by $10,000.00 which will be shared equally by the three communities. When completed, the Carolina Thread Trail will stretch through 15 counties in NC. The Carolina Thread Trail will provide natural areas and recreational paths for running, hiking, biking, paddling, and walking. A completed portion of the Carolina Thread Trail is currently open in Albemarle. The Council will be soliciting public input and involvement in the next couple of months. To learn more about the Carolina Thread Trail visit www.carolinathreadtrail.org/
Reverse 911 and Blackboard Connect Notification Systems:
During the September tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service, residents’ telephone numbers were called by the Stanly County 911 system to alert them to the adverse weather conditions. The Village of Misenheimer also subscribes to the Blackboard Connect notification system from Stanly County.
October is Fire Safety Month:
Be sure to check or replace your battery in your smoke/carbon monoxide detector. Be sure to test your smoke/carbon monoxide detector. Be sure to identify two exits in the event of a fire. Have a FAMILY EMERGENCY FIRE EXIT PLAN. GET OUT AND STAY OUT!
For more information related to fire prevention and safety, visit www.homesafetycouncil.org
June 28, 2011
This newsletter contains the following items:
1. Announcement of a new Interim Police Chief
2. Announcement of a new village Clerk
3. Information about the purchase of the Gladstone Academy building
4. Opening of Gray Stone Day School
5. The new Village website
6. Information about the Village’s new recycling program
7. Information about the July 11 Public Hearing on the Stanly County Comprehensive Transportation Plan which contains a US 52 Bypass around Misenheimer.
8. Information about Village sidewalks
9. Information about a Thread Trail Planning Grant with Richfield and New London. The trail comes through Misenheimer.
Interim Police Chief : Tracey Wyrick who has been Police chief of the Village since our formation in 2003 has resigned to take a job as Head of the Law Enforcement Program for Montgomery Community College. Erik Mcginnis has been appointed Interim Police Chief. Erik has served on the Village police force for over four years and last served in the position of Captain. He recently completed his degree at Pfeiffer. We are fortunate to have Erik to continue the strong leadership we have come to expect.
Village Clerk: Paula DellaRusso who served as Village clerk for the past three years resigned in February. We advertised for a new clerk and had over one hundred ten applications. We were fortunate to have Pam Humphrey as one of the applicants. Pam has a CPA and much work experience, some of it with municipalities. She will serve as liaison between the Council and various entities. Generally her hours will be Monday through Friday 9AM to 1PM. Please welcome her to Misenheimer.
Gladstone Academy: The Village recently purchased the old Gladstone Academy building on Wesley chapel Road. Gladstone Academy operated as an area school from 1880-1910. The building was built in the early 1890’s and served as a church after 1910. The Village plans to first stabilize the building and property and then slowly work to restore the old building. It is a fitting acquisition and cornerstone for the Educational Village.
Gray Stone Day School: Gray Stone day school opened in their new building in January. It is a beautiful building and as a community we can be proud of the facility and the school. The accomplishments of the students and teachers are many and it has a reputation of being one of the finest schools in the state.
Village Website: The Village has a new website which may be viewed at http://www.villageofmisenheimer.com . There is a lot of information on the site including Board members, contact information, zoning ordinances, minutes and maps. Upcoming meeting information and announcements of current happenings are also available.
Recycling: The Village decided to join Richfield and New London to bid garbage and recycling services. Waste Management won the bid and will begin services in July. Garbage will be picked up in the green canisters every week on Tuesday as usual. Recycling has been extended to all households in the community and will be picked up in the brown canisters every other week on Thursdays. An information sheet on the back of this newsletter provides more details about recycling. It is illegal to put so many things in the garbage and recycling is now a must.
July 11 Public Meeting Concerning Stanly County comprehensive Transportation Plan: On July 11, there will be a public meeting at the Community Building for public comment on the Stanly County Comprehensive Transportation Plan. DOT will be present to explain the Plan which contains a US 52 Bypass around Misenheimer. The bypass begins above Misenheimer and curves around the north side of US 52 through the tip of Pfeiffer’s property and then returns to US 52 along the general area of Culp Road.
Village Sidewalks: The Village plans to build sidewalks in the coming year using accumulated Powell money provided from gasoline tax money. Hopefully we will be able to extend sidewalks towards Richfield and along Wesley Chapel using public road right of way. Such use requires discussions with DOT
Thread Trail: The Village joined Richfield and New London in a Planning Grant Application for the Thread Trail. The Thread Trail is a fourteen county initiative for developing various trail types which are connected. We have asked for monetary support to plan an eleven mile hiking and biking trail beginning south of New London and continuing through New London, Richfield, and Misenheimer. The grant would allow the specific trail location to be developed. We will receive notification in September if we were successful.
September 30, 2010
It is our intent to put out a newsletter twice a year. The purpose of the newsletter is to help keep the residents informed of happenings in Misenheimer and in particular keep you informed of Village Council actions.
ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE
1. Fall Celebration – Saturday, October 30 (11AM-Until)
The Village will be having its annual Fall Celebration on October 30 at the Community Building. There will be free food (pork and chicken slow cooked overnight), sides, and drinks. We encourage the community to bring desserts. We have outside tables and we have inside tables so no matter what the weather there will be food. Games for all ages will be set up outside. Please come and enjoy a very casual and relaxing event. Put this on your calendar.
2. Large Item Pickup – Monday October 25
The second large item pickup of the year will occur on Monday, October 25. Please place items (appliances, furniture, etc.) at the curb.
Recent Village Council Actions Taken
1. 2010-2011 Budget
The 2010-11 Budget was established. Revenues total $399,777 with tax revenues estimated at $170,777, Pfeiffer University Police Protection contract at $220,000 and miscellaneous revenues estimated at $1,000. Expenditures total $358,393 and cover the four basic services offered by the Village (Police protection, Fire protection, Zoning and Solid Waste with recycling). Expenditures also include Community Building expenses, Village operating costs, and Village Insurance. The surplus will be transferred to reserves. Tax revenues have been decreasing and in an attempt to hold costs, employee benefits were reduced as was part-time compensation. The budget is a public record and can be obtained from the Village Clerk (704- 463-1234)
2. Pfeiffer University Police Contract
The Village and Pfeiffer University successfully negotiated a contract for the 2010-11 budget year. It was decided to operate on annual contracts for the foreseeable future. Previously we had operated on multiple year contracts. The new contract ($220,000) is for a smaller amount than the previous contract ($240,000).
3. Property and Liability Insurance
The Village Council decided to bid its property and liability insurance and as a result, the Village obtained additional coverage at a reduced cost. Our insurance is now provided by the North Carolina League of Municipalities.
4. Stanly County Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan
The Village Council approved the Stanly County Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan. Approval does not commit the Village to expenditures but it should make it easier for the Village to receive grant funds. The Plan proposes that the Thread Trail will come through the Village. The Thread Trail is a long term project involving 15 counties.
Future Village Council Decisions
1. Workman’s Comp Insurance
The Village Council decided to bid our Workman’s Comp Insurance. The insurance provider will be selected in November.
2. Code of Ethics
The state of North Carolina now requires ethics training for all Council members and requires the development of a Code of Ethics which will guide Council members. The Code of Ethics has been developed and will be voted on at the October meeting.
3. Revision of Personnel Policy
The Village Council has agreed to modify the Personnel Policy, The modified Personnel Policy and Supporting Policies will be presented at the October meeting.
4. Procedure Rules for the Board of Adjustment
The Village Council approved a contract with COG (Council of Government) to develop a set of Procedures for the Board of Adjustment. The document will be presented for approval at the November meeting.
5. Abandoned Mobile Homes
A resolution to accept Stanly County’s Abandoned Mobile Homes Ordinance will be presented at the October meeting. If approved, a contract to initiate the removal of abandoned mobile homes in Misenheimer will be signed and implemented.
Village Council Initiatives
1. Joint Council Meeting
The Village Council met with the Town Councils of New London and Richfield. The purpose was to find common issues and to find ways to solve problems in Northern Stanly County.
2. Richfield Sidewalk
The Village Council and the Planning Board is working with Richfield and the Department of Transportation to determine the possibilities of building a side walk between Richfield and Misenheimer.
3. Joint Solid Waste Bid
The Village, New London and Richfield are exploring a joint bid for Solid Waste and Recycling. Such a bid should provide considerable financial benefit.
Illegal Waste Disposal
It is illegal to place aluminum cans, electronic waste (including batteries), motor oil, paints, etc. in our garbage cans. Aluminum may be placed in our recycling bins. Motor oil may be taken to the County Convenience centers. Electronic waste, paints and other hazardous household waste must taken to special collection centers.
The census at Pfeiffer University went quite well and essentially every student was counted. The forms sent to residences in our community were returned by 65% of households. That means census takers had to visit approximately 45 houses in our community in order to attempt to get the forms filled out. Some neighboring communities returned 77% of the forms. We will have to do better at the next census.
Gray Stone Day School
The new Gray Stone Day School construction is progressing. The earliest completion date is early January. This new facility will be an impressive and important asset to our community.
Richfield Party in the Park – Saturday, October 9, 2010
Richfield will be holding its Party in the Park on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. If you want to see some friends, go on down and have some fun.
Community Volunteers Needed
We are constantly looking for volunteers to run for election to Council or to sit on Boards and Committees. Please call the Village Clerk (704-463-1234) if you are interested.
Council, Board Memberships, Representatives and Delagates
Council Term Ends
Jennifer Bolton November, 2011
Mike Burrage November, 2011
Peter Edquist November, 2013
Frizbee Herron November, 2013
Mike Riemann November, 2013
Planning Board and Board of Adjustment
Member Term Ends
Mandy Barringer, Chairman June 30, 2012
Jordan Bowman June 30, 2011
Donnie Day June 30, 2011
Nancy Henderson June 30, 2013
Jennifer Bolton (Alt.) June 30, 2013
Joel Rogers, Vice-Chairman June 30, 2012
Peter Edquist (Alt.) June 30, 2013
February 23, 2010
It is our intent to put out a newsletter once a quarter. The purpose of the newsletter is to help keep the residents informed of happenings in Misenheimer and in particular keep you informed of Village Council actions.
ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE
- CENSUS Beginning in early March, residents who receive their mail through Richfield will find a Census Form in the mail. Residents who receive their mail at the Misenheimer post office will find a Census Form on your door. It is important that you fill out this form and mail it back. The tax revenues that the Village receives from the State are dependent on the Census count. If you don’t fill out the Form, you won’t be included in our Census count. If you need help filling out the Form, take it to the Pfeiffer Library which is open every evening except Saturday and they will be glad to help you. Please help us complete this important endeavor.
- MARCH 4, 2010 MEETING There will be an area public meeting on March 4th at the New London Community Building from 7-8:30PM. The purpose of the meeting will be to get public input on the Stanly County Comprehensive Recreation, Parks and Greenways Plan for the next decade and to review purposed Stanly County Thread Trails. The Thread Tail is a fourteen county network of hiking and biking trails which will run from counties on the other side of Charlotte to the Yakin-PeeDee. A trail is proposed which runs through our community. Whether you are for or against it, your input is important. Maps and plans will be on display. This is the last chance for public input.
- STANLY COUNTY LAND USE PLAN The County is redoing its Land Use Plan. Land use plans for the County will indirectly impact the Land Use Plans of municipalities like Misenheimer. The current final draft is on the County website and will be presented in a public meeting on March 8, 2010.
VILLAGE COUNCIL ACTIONS
- Last fall a new roof was placed on the community building. This is a continued effort on our part to upgrade the building.
- Lions Club Road was graded and the drainage was improved. The Village does not receive Powell money from the State for road improvements because the roads must be brought up to State standards by the Village before we can receive maintenance money. Wesley Chapel Road , Reeves Island Road, and Glenmore Road are State maintained. The Village will need a plan for dealing with our existing gravel and asphalt roads. The Lions Club Road project was paid out of general revenues.
- The Village applied and was accepted February 17, 2010 into the National Flood Insurance Plan. This allows our residents with property in the flood plain to take advantage of the benefits of the Plan. The new Flood Plain Damage Prevention Ordinance is now in effect. Maps of the flood plain are available for viewing at the Village Clerk’s office.
- Early last fall we began a recycling program with Green Pieces. Containers are provided and pick-up occurs each week. Those of us participating have been surprised at how much our normal garbage has been reduced. If you are not participating and would like to, please call Paula at the Clerk’s office (704-463-1234).
- For the last two years the Village has provided food for a Fall Picnic (pork and chicken are cooked overnight). Two years ago, we had approximately two hundred in attendance and last October approximately one hundred. We are planning another event for October 30. Put it on your calendar. We look forward to seeing you!
- Amanda Barringer, Jordan Bowman, Donnie Day, Nancy Henderson and Joel Rogers are the appointed members of both the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment. Alternate members have yet to be appointed. Amanda currently serves as Chairman and Joel serves as Vice-Chairman.
- Jennifer Bolton, Mike Burrage, Peter Edquist, Mike Herron and Mike Riemann are your elected Village Council members. At the January meeting the following were elected by Council: Mike Burrage, Finance Officer; Mike Herron, Mayor Pro Tem; Mike Riemann, Mayor.
We hope you find this information useful. Check out our website (www.villageofmisenheimer.com ) and send us your email address if you have one. At some point we hope to communicate electronically.
The Village Clerk’s office is located in the police station on Ward Drive on Pfeiffer University’s campus. Office hours are 9:00AM-12Noon, M-F. Phone 704-463-1234.
Village Council meetings occur on the second Monday of each month and are held at the Community Building (except in special cases) at 7:00PM.