Union County News Briefs – Aug. 31

Town educates on trash/recycling changes
INDIAN TRAIL – People will start seeing new recycling and garbage carts at their homes Friday, Aug. 31, in Indian Trail.
The new carts are part of the town’s recently-signed agreement with Waste Pro. People will get new 96-gallon closable recycling roll-out containers to replace the bins residents currently use. Recycling will be picked up every two weeks. There also will be bi-weekly yard waste removal, and curb-side bulk pick-up and E-waste pick-up, like for televisions and computers, three times a year. Leaf pick-up will occur in the fall and winter.
Included in the contract is a deal for new trash carts, along with the recycling carts, as well as a recycling program for schools in Indian Trail, a new education program for community recycling and more. The company will buy the town’s old carts and have a local facility.
A new solid waste collection schedule starts next week, and people should have information on the schedule attached to their new carts. Pick-up is Monday through Friday, depending on what neighborhood you live in. Recycling will be picked up every other week, also depending on the neighborhood.
The town is instructing people to properly place their carts by the curb by leaving a 2-foot minimum between them. They also should be kept at least 2 feet from obstructions like mailboxes and utility poles.
Carts should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day and brought back in by 9 p.m. that evening.
By signing the new collection agreement, the town effectively put a burn ban in place for Indian Trail. State law dictates that towns can’t allow burning of yard waste if pick-up is offered.
Find more information on the program and maps of collection dates at the town’s website, www.indiantrail.org.

County needs members for multiple boards
The Union County Board of Commissioners needs volunteers willing to join a number of county boards and committees.
The following groups need members (amount of vacant positions listed in parenthesis):
• Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee (at least 11)
• Agricultural Advisory Board (2)
• Home and Community Block Grant Advisory Committee (2)
• Nursing Home Advisory Committee (10)
• Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (1 – for a person with a physical disability)
• Region F Aging Advisory Committee (1)
• Jury Commission (1)
• Cardinal Innovations HealthCare Solutions Community Oversight Board for the Piedmont Community Operations Center (2)
Find more information on the open committees and responsibilities of members at the county’s website, www.co.union.nc.us/Departments/BoardofCommissioners.aspx.

175 new homes coming to FairHaven
STALLINGS – M/I Homes is inviting people to come out and check out a model of one of the 175 new homes coming to Stallings’ FairHaven community.
The new homes will range in price from $150,490 to $230,750 and in size from 1,714 to 3,271 square feet. “We’ve seen a real surge of interest in Stallings because you can get a lot for your money there, yet it’s also close to all the amenities of Charlotte,” said Tamara Lynch, vice president of sales and marketing for M/I Homes Charlotte, in a news release.
The move grows FairHaven to 450 homes. Find more information about the expansion by calling 704-628-0501.

Blood drive in need of donors
WAXHAW – The Bloodmobile will be making a stop in Waxhaw to help fight low blood collection numbers in the region.
Local student Kelsey Killion is hosting the drive, which will benefit Charlotte-area hospitals. It takes place Sept. 16, a Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Kohl’s, 601 Sherman Way.
People can register for an appointment by emailing CKil301356@aol.com or calling 704-283-8958, though appointments aren’t required.

Festival to benefit Why Not an American Ark
MONROE – A family-themed festival will raise money in late September at Why Not an American Ark in Monroe.
The fundraising event will raise money for the group’s adoption cost. Why Not an American Ark is an equestrian park and petting zoo which takes in animals and adopts them out.
The Sept. 22 event will include live music, food, games and prizes, a petting zoo, pony rides and a raffle. Cost to attend is $10 for people 12 and older. The event is at the group’s facilities at 1126 Charlie Williams Road.
Find more information at the group’s website, www.wnaaa.com.

County names new finance director
Jeff Yates is the new finance director for Union County, joining the county after serving in finance roles across the country.
Yates is responsible for planning, coordinating and directing all aspects of Union County financial management and administration including planning and directing the receipt, disbursement and accounting of county revenues and expenditures, managing the investment of county funds and assisting the county manager in preparing the annual budget, according to a news release from the county.
He’s formerly the director of finance for Dunedin, Fla., and chief financial officer for Kansas City, Mo., and also Lubbock, Texas.
He fills the spot of Wes Baker, who has served as interim finance director for the past year.

Indian Trail’s Piontek honored by state
INDIAN TRAIL – Margaret Piontek, the town clerk of Indian Trail, was honored recently with the designation of North Carolina Certified Municipal Clerk.
Piontek completed the N.C. Association of Municipal Clerks Program to earn the designation. She joins the first class of municipal clerks from North Carolina to get the designation.

Volunteers needed for farm tours
WAXHAW – People are needed to serve as volunteers at a number of farm tours during the fourth annual Know Your Farms Tour.
The tour will hit a number of area farms, including New Town Farms and Poplar Ridge Farm in Waxhaw on Sept. 15. Farm tour volunteers can assist farmers in showcasing their farms and the work they do to bring food to tables across the country. Volunteers will work 3.5-hour shifts and receive a free pass to visit other farms on the two-day tour, Sept. 15 to 16.
Those interested in taking part can sign up at the event website, www.knowyour farmstour.com/volunteers, or by calling Wes Shi at 980-225-1020.

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