Officials discuss using Efird house as temporary town hall
The pieces are slowly falling into place as the Marvin Village Council pushes forward plans to develop the Village’s first park. This week, negotiations continued with Bank of America to finance up to $750,000 of the original $950,000 purchase price already paid by the Village.
Councilmember Ross Overby expressed irritation with how events have transpired.
“The bank pulled some unusual things at the very last minute. The day before we were going to close, they said, ‘We’re not going to do this’, and then three days after we close, (the bank says) ‘We have your loan papers already!’ but now it’s all different,’ ” Overby said. “It does disappoint me that (the loan) isn’t strictly a straightforward (Local Government Commission)-approved mortgage.”
Council members expect to close on an agreement with Bank of America before their annual retreat begins Friday, Feb. 25. Village officials have not publicly disclosed the type of loan and any conditions or restrictions, but town sources expect the board to approve a loan up to $750,000, with a 2.7 percent interest rate and payable in seven years.
Starting at 8 a.m. Friday Feb. 25. at Firethorn Country Club’s Killarney Room, council members will discuss plans for what will likely be a busy year. As in prior years, the two-day planning conference will cover a variety of issues.
The agenda calls for discussions on grant funding, a five-year review of revenues and expenses, the 2011-12 budget timeline, technology issues, public relations, branding and a resolution about revaluation.
For the first time at the council’s annual retreat, members of the Planning Board and Parks, Recreation and Greenway Board will join discussions with the council, concerning land use, annexation, commercial development, the Marvin Loop/Chimneys Trail and recreation events like the MARES Festival.
Marvin’s new park land will likely consume a great deal of conversation. Overby will lead a discussion about developing Marvin Park.
“My background is in project management,” Overby said. “I look at this as a project, and what I will be presenting at the retreat is what I call a project structure, a list of 18 tasks to get us to an opening date (in September). I also have a schedule of what gets done when … so all the steps needed to get to the conditional use permit are there now and will be presented to parks and planning this weekend.”
Overby, by his own account, has spent a lot of time researching and developing ideas for the park. He created a map overview depicting walking trails along the pond and picnic areas in open areas as part of his presentation.
Council members also will discuss the possibility of using the house of the Efird family, which sold the house and land to the village, as a temporary town hall. That idea may hinge on the results of inspections of the structure and the electrical and plumbing systems.
The house sits deep in the property, less than 100 feet from the water’s edge. One council member favored a permanent town hall closer to the road, since the property has more than 800 feet of frontage on New Town Road.