Village Council driven by youth
Marvin Councilman Anthony Burman is one of the youngest people ever to be elected to office in North Carolina. He serves in a demographically young community that in the last decade has only grown younger.
The 2000 census reported Marvin’s population at 1,039; 11 percent of whom were under 18 years old. Ten years later, the 2010 census showed the village has grown by 437 percent to almost 5,600 residents. But even more remarkable than the growth rate, is the increase in the youth demographic; 41 percent of Marvin’s population is under 18 years old.
Coincidently, Marvin will celebrate its eighteenth year of incorporation in 2012.
Families represent 91 percent of all Marvin households, a fact reflected in multiple citizen surveys, where residents have shown a great interest in open spaces and quality of life enhancements like parks and greenways. In response, the council has embraced opportunities to expand the greenway and pursue recreational facilities.
While the 27 acre Park acquisition in February garners the most attention, the Village also recently bid on few properties the Council saw as opportunities.
“We are not actively looking for more property”, Village Administrator Terri Patton said, “but if we see a sign or are approached by the property owner, [Staff] will bring it to the council’s attention.”
Purchasing land for future use has been a priority, council members said.
“The village council has made land banking a priority for years”, Mayor pro tem Ron Salimao said. “The original resolution spoke of putting 10 percent of our annual revenues into the fund. This is how we were able to accumulate $500,000 towards buying our new park.”
The village has specific goals in mind for any land they acquire, Patton said.
“The council has four goals for property acquisition; parks, ball fields, greenways and historical preservation as stipulated in the citizen surveys.” Patton said, adding that the new park is still their top priority.
“We are taking bids and contracting for the demolition of mobile home and dairy barn on the park property” Patton said, “and working on a scope of work needed for the restoration of the main house.”
Checking tax status
The village also recently launched a new service on their web site at www.marvinnc.org, which allows users to check the Marvin tax status of property parcels.