Clearance rate still climbing
The Stallings police department have closed more than 50 percent of their cases. Police Chief Michael Dummett presented that information in an update to the town council June 27. Dummett said the department’s rate was now at 53.89 percent, 23 percent higher than the national average.
“I’m very proud of them,” he said, speaking about his detectives. “They’ve worked very hard, considering we started at 8 percent.”
When Dummett took the job in December, he singled out the detective division’s case clearance rate, which was then hovering around 8 percent. Now the clearance rate is calculated monthly, to help monitor any changes, while determining what, if any adjustments need to be made.
The changes are the latest of several adjustments the department has made since December. A community policing model was adopted, splitting the town into four zones. Tasers were shelved and a new way of tracking statistics was introduced. Also, the department adopted standards matching the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement, the top guidelines in the country.
Town works to get phone system up
The town of Stallings hopes to be able to take phone calls shortly. Last month, a lightning strike ran in on the town’s phone system, disabling both the government and police connections. Town Manager Brian Matthews explained due to the damage, portions of the system had to be rewired. The town has filed a claim with their insurance and hopes to be reimbursed for at least a portion of the costs. There is no estimated time when the phones will be back
Monroe trash collection on normal schedule
The City of Monroe’s solid waste collection will operate on a regular schedule for the week of July 4th.
Officials ask residents to have all trash to the curb by 7 a.m on the normal pick up days.
Please be sure to have all trash to the curb by 7 a.m. on the normal trash pick-up day.
County closings for the holiday
In observance of Independence Day, Union County offices and facilities will be closed. That includes all government offices, libraries, the county landfill and the animal shelter. Cane Creek Park will be open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Other facilities, such as Jesse Helms Park and Fred Kirby Park will be closed all day July 4.
Library fines and fees to climb
Libraries across Union County will start increasing fines and fees July 1. Daily fines for overdue materials will climb from 20 cents per day to 25 cents per day. The maximum allowable overdue fine per item will change from $6 to $10.
The cost of black and white copies and computer prints will increase from 20 cents to 25 cents, while color copies will be 50 cents. Anyone without a library card will now be charged $2 for each Internet session, while requests to send obituaries via mail will now cost $5 for up to two obituaries.
Also, book sale fees are now as follows:
*Adult hardback book: $2
*Trade paperback: $1.50
*Child’s hardback: $1.50
*Child’s paperback: $1
*Mass market paperback: $1
*Book on disk: $4
*Music CD: $1.50
The Library Board of Trustees and the Union County Board of Commissioners approved these changes in an effort to partially offset increasing costs and reduced budget revenues. For more information, call the Monroe Library at 704-283-8184.
Stallings railroad crossing closed July 5
CSX Railroad will start repairs on the Stallings Road crossing Tuesday, July 5. The road will be closed starting at 7 a.m that morning. Traffic will be detoured on side roads.
New YMCA in Wesley Chapel
In a letter to members Wednesday, June 29, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte announced plans to open a new express center in Union County. The new facility, set to be built as part of the Wesley Chapel Village Commons, will take the place of the current building in Weddington.
Citing the expansion of the nearby Siskey YMCA, company officials said the Weddington building, at the corner of Providence and Weddington roads, was no longer needed.
The group anticipates opening the new Wesley Chapel facility the week of Aug. 15.
Students can win scholarship by donating blood
Any students who give blood during July will have the chance to win a community service scholarship. The offer comes from the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, who will offer the scholarships in a raffle, with the only requirement being a blood donation at one of the group’s four donor centers.
The center in Monroe, part of the hospital at 600 Hospital Drive, is one of the places to donate. Also included are centers in Charlotte, Concord and Gastonia. Every successful donation will give students the opportunity to enter into a raffle for a $500 scholarship.
“Student donors make up 20 percent of our donor base so we’re constantly looking for new ways to recognize and reward our student donors for their valuable service to community,” said Martin Grable, president and CEO of Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. “The CBCC vision is to ‘build and strengthen the bonds of community’ and investing in youth education while recognizing their service to community does that. What better way to do this than make blood donation a group activity with students, their friends and family.”
Rotary appoints new officers
The Union West Rotary Club installed new officers for the upcoming year June 23, naming Chad Hannon its new president. Outgoing President Maureen Mulhall said she looked forward to the new board’s tenure.
“It has been an honor to serve Union West Rotary and our community,” Mulhall said. “I am delighted to welcome Chad Hannon as the new President and look forward to working with him and our new board.”
Union West Rotary meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 am at the Indian Trail Civic Building. This 42 member service club strives to make a positive difference in the lives of others and support the community through various activities such as sponsoring literacy programs at Union West Library, supplying dictionaries to the local schools, and more recently, donating $50,000 to the Town of Indian Trail sponsoring the pavilion in their new park.
“I joined Rotary back in 2009 with hopes of being able to contribute to our community,” new president Hannon said. “My goal in life is to help as many people as I can and impact their life in a positive way.”
For more information about Union West Rotary visit www.rotaryclubofunionwest.org.
Toastmasters celebrate anniversary
The Union County Toastmasters celebrated their one year anniversary June 22. The meeting involved listening to five motivational speakers from Toastmasters International. Club President Judi Abbott opened up with remarks, then turned the meeting over to the Toastmaster for the event David Young. David introduced the group to the local Toastmaster dignitaries that were in attendance. The speakers each presented speeches that were meant to motivate and inspire all members and guests. Union County Toastmasters meets every Wednesday morning at 7:15 am in the Union County Chamber of Commerce.