Council removes Reserve subdivision from Greenway map
The Marvin council heard an hour-long presentation and discussion from LandDesign, a Charlotte-based civil-engineering firm Wednesday, Nov. 9, outlining their plans to extend the Marvin Loop at two locations along Joe Kerr Road.
Before a small group of Marvin Creek residents, LandDesign president, Dale Stewart and project engineer Chris Capellini reviewed their proposal to add 3800 feet of sidewalk to continue the existing loop system at the intersections of Groves Edge Lane and Joe Kerr Road, along with Wheat Field Drive and Joe Kerr Road.
The proposal specifies sidewalks, constructed with asphalt or concrete that is 8 feet wide in most places along the roadside only deviating in width to accommodate utility poles. When asked by counsel as to the costs of construction, Capellini explained that concrete sidewalks would cost approximately $360,000 with a 30-year lifespan as opposed to asphalt, which would cost approximately $315,000 and have a 20-year life.
Workers discovered during project research the irrigation system installed alongside the landscaping encroaches on the NCDOT right of way and will have to be moved before the sidewalks can be built. Additionally, there is concern that irrigation will shorten the life of the sidewalk if asphalt is used. Concrete is more resistant to water and will require much less maintenance over its service life.
The Marvin staff met with John Bay, president of the Marvin Creek Homeowners Association to discuss the irrigation system issue prior to the council meeting. Officials estimated the cost to move the irrigation system in both locations at $24,200. The question remains unresolved as to whether Toll Brothers or the Marvin Creek Homeowners Association will bear the cost.
After hearing the presentation, Marvin council members asked that LandDesign submit a bid for the project with options for concrete or asphalt; 6 feet or 8 foot wide sidewalks and if possible, using curvilinear design, which Councilman Anthony Burman felt had a more aesthetic appeal.
The council plans to use the balance of its Powell Bill funds, $293,200, to pay for the Loop extension project. The State Street-Aid or Powell Bill program is a funding mechanism that gives a small portion of the NC gas tax to eligible municipalities for the maintaining, repairing, constructing of roadways, bikeways and sidewalks along public streets and highways. The funds have to be used this year or the state will withdraw them.
Reserve asks for greenway removal
The next item on the council agenda was a request by the Reserve subdivision to remove the greenway path through Reserve as indicated on Marvin’s Conceptual Greenway map.
“I would never vote to put a greenway through somebody’s front yard” Burman said. “Or put it anywhere where people don’t want it.”
Since 2010, Marvin has removed the Bridle Path, Walden Pond and Meadowlark subdivisions plans from the conceptual greenway map. The council voted remove the Reserve subdivision from the map and to refer the map back to the Parks, Greenway and Recreation board for review.
In other business, staff informed council that the grant application request to the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources was denied for 2012. Marvin had applied for $500,000 grant to develop Marvin Efird Park.
The Village Council presented certificates of recognition to parks board members John Baresich and Neil Query, highlighting their extraordinary dedication and hard work in the recent Marvin Park preview.