Plyler joins de-annexation petitioners, rest of council adopts resolution against them
WESLEY CHAPEL – At a Wesley Chapel Village Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 9, councilmember Becky Plyler recused herself from all further discussions regarding a petition recently submitted to the state by residents wanting to de-annex from the village, saying she had recently signed the petition.
The announcement seemed to take some other councilmembers by surprise, as some didn’t understand what she meant when she first announced she could no longer discuss the petition with the simple reason, “I am on the list.”
When questioned further, Plyler explained, “I have been trying for three years and I have gotten nowhere, so I am on the list.”
After accepting her recusal, the remaining three councilmembers discussed options that may be approached to reach a compromise with the petitioners before unanimously voted to adopt a resolution against the idea of de-annexation.
The resolution, read aloud at the meeting by councilmember Jeannine Kenary, reads in part, “The Village of Wesley Chapel hereby opposes de-annexation of properties within the village. The village believes this will set precendents and irreparable harm will be caused should the state undermine and bypass the authority of this municipality by granting de-annexation from the village.
“Furthermore the village of Wesley Chapel has offered to listen to the desires of the petitioners, however, the petitioners continue to have no desire to work the village of Wesley Chapel despite the invitation to do so and have not any interest in making a proposal to the village.”
Any de-annexation process would have to be approved by state legislature and is not in the control of the council.
N.C. Sen. Tommy Tucker was in attendance for Monday’s meeting, but did not address the council.
After announcing his agreement with the resolution, Mayor Brad Horvath announced a special meeting on Feb. 20, a Friday, in which councilmembers would be meeting with Union County commissioners and state legislators, not only to discuss the de-annexation process but to “improve communication with both entities,” he said.
Local Boy Scouts collect record amounts of food for Common Cupboard
INDIAN TRAIL – Local nonprofit Common Heart and its Common Cupboard food pantry were the recipient of a record-setting 7,687 pounds of food collected during a recent Boy Scout food drive.
Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack 151 of Lake Park and Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack 276 of Indian Trail collected the food as part of the Boy Scout’s national Scouting For Food drive. The troops came in first and third in their district competition with Troop/Pack 151 collecting 5,865 pounds and Troop/Pack 276 collecting 1,822 pounds.
In a news release announcing the totals, Pack 276 leader Lori Clodfelter congratulated the boys for their efforts during the drive.
“They did a great job this year. We were really proud of the boys for doing that,” she said in the release. “I’m happy to donate to Common Cupboard because I know the efforts are local and the food helps our neighbors.”
Common Heart is seeking other local groups to host food drives during the months of March and April as the nonprofit participates in the annual Feinstein Foundation Million Dollar Challenge. Every pound of food donated during the challenge increases the donation Common Heart will receive from the foundation.
Call 704-218-9060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Marce Savage resigns from county board of ed
At the Feb. 3 Union County Board of Education meeting, Chairperson John Collins announced the resignation of District 6 representative Marce Savage, who had recently been under investigation from the State Bureau of Investigation for allegations that she filed false expense reports.
Accusers claimed Savage filed expense reports to both the Union County and North Carolina boards of education, for which she served at the time, for the same trips. Savage resigned from the state board in November 2014.
The county board has now asked that anyone interested in filling Savage’s spot submit a letter of interest and resume. The submittal should include the applicant’s name, address, history of community involvement and reasons for wanting to serve on the board.
Submittals are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 13. Emails can be submitted to Donna Mullarkey at email@example.com or to the Union County Public Schools central office at 400 N. Church St. in Monroe.