new marshville wishlist

new marshville wishlist

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Pookie

Peachland, NC

#1 Dec 20, 2013
Let's see if we can start a REAL WISHLIST to give to our new town management. Be serious with your responses and lets pull together.

1.Signage on 74 to draw people into town square.
2. Promote what business we have.
3. Incorporate the TOWN SQUARE as a hub of business.
4. Allow sidewalk displays to attract business curiosity.
5. Home News could run short stories on a business weekly telling what we have here.
6. Chamber of Commerce could give out welcome packages to new residents so they know where to get items.(Maybe a map of streets)

Just a few to start . ANY IDEAS????
Main St Business Owner

Indian Trail, NC

#2 Dec 20, 2013
I agree with 1-4 above. Good sound ideas.
#5 Home News cant get details and factual statements correct in any other story so good luck with that one.
#6 Chamber deals with businesses, not in the Welcome Wagon business for any yankee transplants.
Also, dont you know we have Small Town Main St. Group now? Headed up by Mark Trickwick I believe. sure he and M Jefferson got ideas for themslves to make money, not sure if it will help us other merchants though. Suntrust parking lot is a good area for saturday craft fairs and musical events, as well as a car show or even a bake sale will get folks to stop by. And remember, all these things take cooperation and some funding of sorts. Got a feeling once this new council gets the seats warmed up we will see Marshville start a few new things about town. Got big hopes with our new council make-up.
MRPAUL

Indian Trail, NC

#3 Dec 21, 2013
We need all of the above no doubt. But in fact we need a person or persons that can institute the citizens ideas and not for their own good or profit. Everyone needs to buy into what the majority thinks is best, not what the mayor or manager thinks is best.(ie: Boys Home). The town needs to be on board with any plans such as that, and if the majority like the idea then its a go. Not everyone will agree, never will happen, but we all need the opportunity to be involved in the decision making process. They may find its easier to get things accomplished and then we may start to get business interested in our community. As it is today, conflicted, what business owner would even look our way. My wishlist would be "open government" and partnerships, trust, all of which we lack at this time.
Yankee

Durham, NC

#4 Dec 21, 2013
Main St Business Owner wrote:
I agree with 1-4 above. Good sound ideas.
#5 Home News cant get details and factual statements correct in any other story so good luck with that one.
#6 Chamber deals with businesses, not in the Welcome Wagon business for any yankee transplants.
Also, dont you know we have Small Town Main St. Group now? Headed up by Mark Trickwick I believe. sure he and M Jefferson got ideas for themslves to make money, not sure if it will help us other merchants though. Suntrust parking lot is a good area for saturday craft fairs and musical events, as well as a car show or even a bake sale will get folks to stop by. And remember, all these things take cooperation and some funding of sorts. Got a feeling once this new council gets the seats warmed up we will see Marshville start a few new things about town. Got big hopes with our new council make-up.
#7. Only allow red necks to occupy Hicksville I mean marshville
Pookie

Matthews, NC

#5 Dec 21, 2013
Thanks for the start of ideas. Let's keep it going. Maybe we can find some way to get a Welcome Wagon going as more people are moving into town. Remember, they choose to be here. They could have bought anywhere else. Let's see what positive we can make of their ideas. They are not all bad. They can be the best neighbor you have.
JohnHamhock

Indian Trail, NC

#6 Dec 22, 2013
I think the Wagon Wheel should cater to hot rodders, have a drive in night on weekends. Maybe not what the original intent of this thread was, but IF they could do that successfully, they would bring new people into Marshville and those kind of people are the kind that make things happen. Anyone who can take a trailer load of rust and turn it into some of these cars they have, are DOERS.
MRPAUL

Indian Trail, NC

#7 Dec 22, 2013
Went to see the lighted and nicely decorated home on Forest Drive last night. The town actually came by with a large group of kids, and I had a short talk with the "head yankee" in charge. I asked why the town had no lights, his response was that "actually the only decorations that were not put up was the pole lights" and that was due to finances. It just wasnt in the budget for this year, and he went on to tell me the town has not recovered from the poor economy of the past few years and hopefully next year we will put more lights up. Sounded like a politician to me, but I gave him credit for at least to drive folks around town to view the few lights we have. We need more of these activities for the folks that cant afford to drive around town like we did in the old days. Anything is better than nothing.
Applaud C.W. Horne for his decorations, wish many more could do the same.
Elm Street Visionary

Charlotte, NC

#8 Dec 22, 2013
1. If we could get the churches to join together for a community wide project. For example one church could be in charge of building a live nativity. Another could direct and provide the piano/organ music for a community choir made up of choir members from all the area churches. Another church could provide coffee and hot chocolate to the people who come out to see the nativity and hear the choir.

2. To attract business to downtown we have to prove that people are going to come to downtown to shop. That way an investor/business owner knows his business will have a chance to succeed. To get people to come downtown we must offer something that they want or need.

3. Building owners MUST make the buildings up to code, secure and relatively attractive. That's not asking too much. They could provide incentives such as reduced rent. One of my friends has a shop in Granite Falls. He only pays rent 11 months. Every December is rent free. That's a good incentive to a new business owner.

4. People have got to quit throwing Marshville under the bus. Say positive things about Marshville and the people that live here. Think positive and speak positively. Over the years people have said negative things about real estate in Marshville. To hear people from Monroe and Waxhaw WHO HAVEN'T BEEN HERE talk about ugly, cheaply built houses here is shocking and IT'S JUST NOT TRUE! There are houses here as nice and as big as any you can find in Monroe and other parts of the county. People talk about crime and drugs here like it's all over Marshville like a blanket. That's not true either. Those things are all over, Marshville has some but so does Weddington and Marvin. We have our own police department and they do a good job. Neither one of those 2 towns do!
Pookie

Matthews, NC

#9 Dec 22, 2013
Keep the ideas coming.
#8 Have the current town meeting minutes posted on line for all to see.
#9 GET a speaker system so we can all hear the discussions at the meetings.
#10 Have a Meet & Greet for councilmen, employees, police, etc. so residents know who they are.
#11 Open town drive up window for payments as more are elderly.
#12 Have a voice in meetings for EJT residents.
#13 Promote our residents with person of the month.
#14 Promote a walk-with-your-neighbors exercise program.
#15 Have old fashion community pot-luck get-together.
#16 Have a welcome booth with local maps for business to leave give-out information packets as more of our business is not on town Main Street.
Just a few more thoughts.
MRPAUL

Indian Trail, NC

#10 Dec 22, 2013
you have wonderful ideas Pookie, please bring these to the attention of council and employees. i am very excited just reading this. marshville does have promise with folks like you.
Citizen

Indian Trail, NC

#11 Dec 24, 2013
Thank to the person that started this thread. I would say to take the money saved with the departure of the manager, be it her salary and other savings that come with her good bye. Take that money and use it some downtown improvements to help our town be more attractive to visitors, as stated above, signage etc. Lots of things could work, only need someone to take the lead. I would advise to stay away from that Small Town Main St. group though. Not feeling it with them. Something about the participants that include Trickwick and Jefferson. Be careful with that group. Remember they the same ones that wanted in on the Roses until they were told it was a volunteer thing to plant them, then they disappeared. Tell you something?
Pookie

Indian Trail, NC

#12 Dec 24, 2013
Happy Holidays to ALL!!
Thanks for the positive backing. Maybe there is a way to get some of the young people involved. They are the next ones greeting this mess. Maybe the schools could have an ideas contest for different ages ? Give them an area to be responsible for and see what flies. While the park is nice, it does nothing for any of us if you don't go there. We have so many empty buildings, maybe we could have a children's game night - movie night - craft night - trash pickup night - adopt the elderly (rake leaves, weed, help move items, wash windows, read to them, errands, etc.)

Let's take some pride in Marshville, no matter who you are, your age, your religion, your race. Team sports and the auction seems to be the only place we are pulling together. Even the churches seem to go separate ways. This is where they are suppose to see togetherness and pride. Keep the ideas coming. Maybe we can make a spark of interest. We seem to do it for the Bo festival. Now we need 364 other days.
Mayor Bill

Charlotte, NC

#13 Dec 25, 2013
Bob, thanks for the invitation to reply to this. It took me a while to find it but here goes:

We have the advantage/disadvantage of having Wingate University in our town. I say that because it is both a blessing and a curse. The University takes 400 acres off of our tax rolls because they are exempt. The University is growing every year. The town of Wingate has to grow to keep pace. The success of Wingate Spirits has really helped our bottom line. We are looking at other avenues for income growth.

Marshville's short term solution is to raise the tax rate. That isn't a popular decision but it is a very realistic one. Like Wingate, Marshville has water and sewer lines that are decaying faster than they can be replaced. Federal and state money is available but it is presently only available in a piecemeal fashion. The citizens have to understand that this money will have to be repaid at some point down the road depending on several factors. Marshville, I understand, has some monies reserved for infrastructure improvement.

The passage of the beer and wine referendum should help Marshville long term. You already have two establishments that serve bottled beer. I feel sure that an increase in that number is right around the corner. Marshville is better suited for highway businesses like restaurants than Wingate. An ABC Store would probably hurt business at our store in Wingate to the point that both establishments could be in jeopardy.

Marshville has an excellent public works department and a great police department.
Main St Business Owner

Indian Trail, NC

#14 Dec 25, 2013
Please continue Mayor Bill, you are on track, possibly some people listening that could use some good advice.
I have a feeling you are indeed the real Mayor, good knowledge that a Mayor would have.
Wingate has a good staff of employees, starting at the top, Marshville does not have that one person, leader, true professional, a manager that allows the employees to make sure the town is run to the best of their abilities whether it is public works or police practices. Your manager is a success due to his openess, honesty, and confidence in his employees. He realizes that a manager needs to rely on his staff to make him look good. That has been lacking in Marshville with the manager form of governance. Marshville has had managers that have wanted to dictate and make decisions without the proper knowledge without consulting the directors of departments that have been in Marshville for years. Thus many mistakes and loss of respect for that position in Marshville. You cant have a productive staff if they lack confidence in their manager. The citizens understand the situation the town is in and believe it can only get better, but we need a manager or administrator that is more concerned with the benefits of the community and less about being a narcisist.
main street butt head

Matthews, NC

#15 Dec 25, 2013
Sounds like all the two mayors can think of is always raise taxes never cutting any thing or coming up with any real ides, too old school non thinkers just raise taxes unless zoning needs to be changed for something that is negative to community (detention center or giant grain tower) real outside of the box there buddies. I think Marshville mayor uses several screen names on topix .
hole in the wall

Arlington, VA

#16 Dec 26, 2013
More taxes. Not NO but Hell NO. Do like Oakboro get the Hotroders to come .
Marshville Knight

Indian Trail, NC

#17 Dec 27, 2013
How about we start with the Mayor and town council telling the truth about any and all dealings that will affect the residents? No more lies. Would be a good start, besides getting rid of the nazi.

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#18 Dec 28, 2013
Pookie wrote:
Let's see if we can start a REAL WISHLIST to give to our new town management. Be serious with your responses and lets pull together.
1.Signage on 74 to draw people into town square.
2. Promote what business we have.
3. Incorporate the TOWN SQUARE as a hub of business.
4. Allow sidewalk displays to attract business curiosity.
5. Home News could run short stories on a business weekly telling what we have here.
6. Chamber of Commerce could give out welcome packages to new residents so they know where to get items.(Maybe a map of streets)
Just a few to start . ANY IDEAS????
THAT has GOT to be the funniest thing I have EVER read!
"Town Square"? WHAT business? WELCOME packages?????
Better off giving tours of what USED to be in town!
OMG that IS a gut buster LOL!
Marshville Knight

Indian Trail, NC

#19 Dec 29, 2013
Being a long time resident of this town and always one who wanted the town to grow and all residents to prosper, I have seen many a subject as this that ask for ideas and opinions to make a better place then become negated by some comment like the one from luvnut. Have we no confidence here luvnut? Can we not have a dream? Are you against the towns desire to be a better community? Please keep this thread positive with constructive words and find another thread that may welcome negativity. You have the right to voice, but keep this on the subject line, please.
anti lownutty

Charlotte, NC

#20 Dec 29, 2013
Marshville Knight wrote:
Being a long time resident of this town and always one who wanted the town to grow and all residents to prosper, I have seen many a subject as this that ask for ideas and opinions to make a better place then become negated by some comment like the one from luvnut. Have we no confidence here luvnut? Can we not have a dream? Are you against the towns desire to be a better community? Please keep this thread positive with constructive words and find another thread that may welcome negativity. You have the right to voice, but keep this on the subject line, please.
good idea mk but it wont happen with this person, he is a miserable prick who fancies himself a comedian. every time she opens her mouth it proves it again.`

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