Indian Trail named one of the most affordable housing markets in the state
INDIAN TRAIL – Financial website SmartAsset has named Indian Trail the ninth most affordable housing market in North Carolina in an annual ranking they release of towns with more than 5,000 residents in each state.
The rankings are based on closing costs, real estate taxes, homeowners’ insurance and mortgage rates. The most affordable cities had total housing costs on an average house accounting for the smallest proportion of the median income, according to a news release.
According to SmartAsset, the average annual mortgage payment in Indian Trail is $8,772. The average closing cost for a home in the town is $2,645, and the average property tax is $1,420.
Indian Trail ranked 911th most affordable housing market in the country.
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Stevens Mill Road set to reopen in February
STALLINGS – At the Stallings Town Council meeting on Jan. 26, Town Manager Kevin Woods announced that the bridge over North Fork Crooked Creek Tributary on Stevens Mill Road is set to reopen on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
The announcement was met with a small round of applause from town officials and residents in attendance. However, Woods stated that he was simply relaying a message from North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and could not vouch for its accuracy.
“We’ll see,” Woods added.
Crews were originally scheduled to begin work on the bridge on June 23, 2014, and finish construction by Nov. 19, 2014, according to the NCDOT website. Construction was pushed back and did not begin until Sept. 8, 2014.
The bridge was constructed in 1958 and was classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means it had remained safe for use, but was in deteriorating condition and needed to be replaced, according to the site. The bridge was also built to design standards that are no longer in use.
Because of the bridge’s condition, NCDOT had posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles and trucks weighing more than 15 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits.
Marvin recognizes park volunteers
MARVIN – At its Feb. 13 meeting, the Marvin Village Council recognized six residents who have volunteered numerous hours of their time to help at Marvin Efird Park and around the town.
The volunteers recognized as Outstanding Park Volunteer were as follows: Andrew Holz, of Marvin Creek; Andy Wortman, of Waxhaw-Marvin Road; Tony Kulesza, of Waxhaw; Robert Epps, of Marvin Estates; Mary Sipe, of Oak Brook; and Neil Query, of Canterfield Creek.
Councilmember Lanny Openshaw called upon each volunteer in attendance and presented him or her with a certificate of appreciation.
“The people we are recognizing tonight have literally helped to build our community,” Openshaw said. “We have many volunteers at the park. These six have gone well beyond the norm in giving of their efforts, time and often giving financially. They share at least one attribute: they work hard for the benefit of all. In total, the selfless efforts of these people have not only saved the village significant money but they have also contributed greatly to our largest community asset, while adding to our sense of community. The rave reviews we receive about the park are due in large part to their efforts. I thank each of you very much.”
Union County Captain receives statewide Officer of the Year award
MONROE – On Monday, Jan. 26, the Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) announced that the North Carolina CIT Conference Planning Committee had selected Capt. Jeff Outen as the North Carolina Outstanding Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year.
Outen will be recognized at North Carolina’s CIT Conference in Raleigh on Feb. 10, a Tuesday.
CIT programs are police-based jail diversion programs that aim to prevent the arrest and incarceration of persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance abuse problems for minor crimes. The programs instead attempt to divert these people to treatment, when doing so can be done with little risk to public safety, according to a news release.
Law enforcement agencies with CIT programs recruit officers with natural skills and abilities in helping people in crisis and provide them with 40 hours of training designed to build upon their strengths in dealing with people in crisis. These agencies then establish policies and procedures to ensure these officers are dispatched to calls involving a “mental disturbance,” according to the release.
The UCSO has the highest ratio of CIT-certified officers per capita of any law enforcement agency in North Carolina, according to the release.
In the release, Union County Sheriff Ed Cathey congratulated Outen and commented on what the announcement meant for the UCSO.
“This is a tremendous honor for our agency,” Cathey said. “I congratulate Capt. Outen on this accomplishment, as well as all CIT-certified officers.”