Council announces park grand opening for October
After eight months, three resignations and two appointments, the Marvin Council now has a full complement of council members with the unanimous appointment of Lanny Openshaw to fill the remaining vacancy. Openshaw is running unopposed for council in November’s election.
“[Openshaw] has tremendous amount of experience both at the municipal and the county level,” Councilman Anthony Burman said as he nominated Openshaw for the seat. “He is currently is serving on PGR board, in the past is served on the Village Council, served on the Village Planning board and served as a Union County Commissioner, one year as chairman,” Burman said, “and I think he is very qualified to have this position.”
Openshaw, a former Mayor Pro Tem to Marvin Village Council, was first elected to office in 2003. In the fall of 2006, Openshaw was elected to the Union County Board of Commissioners, surviving a Primary runoff in the process. He served as Chairman of the County Commissioners in 2008, but lost his bid for re-election in the 2010 primary election. Mr. Openshaw and Ross Overby are running for council and Nick Dispenziere for mayor, all unopposed and all are running for seats they currently hold as appointed members.
More decisions made on park development
Marvin Council has set October 22, 2011 as the grand opening date for Marvin-Efird Park. The council anticipates that many of the major improvements; the playground, the storage-shed and restrooms, the road, parking lots and barn construction will be completed by opening day.
The council finalized the barn replacement by awarding a contract to Barn Pros, of Monroe, Washington. The 36×60 foot barn was ordered as a kit for $61,500 and includes options for Dutch doors, roof dormers, and three cupolas. At additional cost are the roof, the concrete pad, water and electrical connections, as well as assembly, bringing the total cost to an estimated $116,136. Of the three barn designs evaluated, the council chose the least expensive package, the most expensive being $137,165.
The council chose a split rail fence design for the fence to be placed along the 670 foot roadside edge of the property. Also considered were crossbar design and four board frequently seen equestrian applications. L and L Fencing was the vendor chosen at the cost of $6000.
Gate design choices varied from wooden swing gates to an $11,678 proposal for an aluminum sliding gate. Much of the discussion of the costs and design for the gate and entryway differed between council members, one advocating for the stone and aluminum gate, another for carrying the theme of the split rail post to a wooden gate.
“My perspective is that Marvin is an upscale community, we all pay a premium to live here” Openshaw said. “I’m big on quality, I believe that we should either be representative of the community or even leading it on, but I am concerned about vandalism. I think were better off going with something least expensive and easily repairable.”
The same vendor chosen for the fence installation, L and L Fencing was selected to construct an automatic gate for the park entrance, which will be a four-board design framed with stone columns, for a $3500 installed, not including the stone columns.
In other business, the council appointed Neil Query to fill Mr. Openshaw’s remaining term on the Parks, Greenway and Recreation committee. “I am very pleased that Neil Query volunteered to sit on this board” Openshaw said. “He is incredibly industrious, very skilled and he has probably put in over 150 volunteer hours at the park already.”
The council also approved giving each council member keys to access Town Hall after hours.
The council recessed the July 26 meeting until August 5, to allow members to review bid documents that are expected by perspective general contractors who will be will be coordinating and supervising installation of the playground, road work, and barn.