Spring 2013 Volume 5, Issue I
Sharing Indian Trail’s Vision Since 1907
Town Council Puts Your Tax Dollars To Work
ndian Trail Town Council members are putting your tax dollars to work with a new initiative called “Pathways 2 Progress” or P2P. This multi-faceted initiative brings current and future projects together defining a pathway to address important issues created by the unparalled growth the Town has experienced over the past few years. P2P addresses common concerns among residents and business owners including traffic congestion, local job recruitment and retention, parks and recreation, walking and biking trails, community safety, and economic development.
In This Issue
Council members directed Town staff to move forward with Recycling Saves Money . . . Page 2 several P2P projects at a recent meeting. Construction has begun on Chestnut Parkway and the Town will continue Animal Control Ordinance. . Page 2 to work with NCDOT at every opportunity to push the Old Monroe Road construction project to an earlier start date to help further alleviate traffic congestion. Current- Funding For Sidewalks . . . . . . . Page 2 ly NCDOT’s proposed start date for construction on Old Monroe Road is 2018. Community Parks Update . . . . Page 3 Town Council also agreed to move forward with a way finding and informational signage program helping to ef- New IT Businesses . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 fectively invite, inform and direct residents and visitors to 2013 Event Calendar . . . . . . . Page 3 locations and attractions throughout the Town. Incorporating Town branding and a signage program will bring uniforCitizen e-notification . . . Page 4 mity and cohesiveness to destinations, branding the Town’s image and creating a unique identity for Indian Trail. Council directed staff to move forward with the development of two community parks, a 51 acre park (located near US HWY 74 and Indian Trail Road) and a 140 acre park (located near Unionville - Indian Trail Road and Sardis Elementary School) (continued on Page 2) Hearing YOUR Concerns -Traffic congestion -Community safety -Local job creation -Economic development -Establishing identity -Parks and recreation -Walking & biking trails
Town Council Looks To Bring Jobs To IT
n December Indian Trail Town Council members discussed the importance of bringing more jobs to the Indian Trail community with a specific focus on “STEM” jobs (jobs in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) A 2011 report from the U.S. Department of Commerce showed that during the past ten years, growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs. The report projects future job growth is expected to follow a similar trend, with a 17 percent growth estimated for STEM jobs from 2008 to 2018 compared to 9.8 percent for non-STEM jobs. Council directed Town staff to move forward with identifying locations for a future technology park within the Town providing an opportunity for economic development. Indian Trail Community and Economic Development Director Kelly Barnhardt said, “It’s important to be able to present site-ready locations to companies looking to establish a new business or potentially relocate here. They want to be able to come into an area where they know a site is ready to move on now with no encumbrances. It’s a proven way to succeed these days. And when combined with our strong educational demographic, our future recreational park amenities and our budding cultural arts climate, this will definitely put Indian Trail in the spotlight for new businesses and job growth.”
Finding Solutions -Chestnut Parkway -Sardis Park -Wayfinding Project -New businesses -Intersection improvements -Comprehensive Plan Update -4 miles of sidewalk construction
Construction Begins On Chestnut Parkway
t their regular meeting on January 8, the Town Council approved a contract with Blythe Development to begin construction on the first of three phases of the Chestnut Parkway. The approved contract with Blythe Development includes 2,000 feet of roadway, concrete curb and gutter, and concrete sidewalk. The Town will work with NCDOT in the future to connect the road to US-74.
It will take several years to finish all three phases of construction. When completed the Chestnut Parkway will be a four-lane median-divided road approximately 1.75 miles long connecting Old Monroe Road, US74 and Chestnut Lane. When fully completed this tree lined boulevard will parallel the 51-acre Town owned park property and will ease traffic congestion along Old Monroe Road and Indian Trail Road. The construction on the Chestnut Parkway is the first phase of the Indian Trail Pathway Loop, which when fully approved by Council, will allow for a multi-modal parkway around and through Indian Trail to ease traffic congestion and traffic safety. This project, along with beginning the improvement and widening process for Old Monroe Road are the first steps to kick off the Pathways 2 Progress Initiative. These projects will be partially paid for by the resident approved 2011 Transportation Bond.
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Council Approves Contract With Union County Sheriff’s Office I
ndian Trail Town Council voted to renew a service contract with the Union County Sheriff ’s Office at a recent meeting.
Indian Trail pays the Union County Sheriff ’s Office roughly $1.6 million annually for 21 deputies assigned to Town duty. The new contract is basically the same as the current agreement. The Union County Sheriff ’s Office provides comprehensive public safety services to all Indian Trail residents. The new four year contract takes effect July1.
Pictured above: Deputy Rodriguez patrols a local Christmas parade.
Increased Recycling Saves Town Money
ndian Trail residents have been recycling more than ever before! Since new solid waste and recycling improvements were introduced in July 2012 and in three months (July 2012-October 2012) recycling increased by 70 percent. For every ton of solid waste collected from residents the Town pays a disposal fee. For every ton of recyclable material collected from residents the Town receives a rebate. So, the more residents recycle, the less the Town spends on solid waste disposal, saving money!
CAC Offers Full Schedule of Classes For Spring The new Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center is offering a full schedule of classes and events this spring. A variety of classes and workshops are available for children and adults at all skill levels. Some offerings include ceramics, quilt making, adventures in acting, painting, personal wellness, book writing, dance and more! Please visit the Town web- Pictured above: Jill Long, Kidz Art instuctor site, www.indiantrail.org, f- teaching a free preview class at the Cultural or a complete schedule and Arts Center in November. registration information.
Located in the former town hall building on Navajo Trail, (near the Indian Trail Civic Building and across the street from Crossing Paths Park) the Cultural Arts Center opened in October 2012. Indian Trail Town Council approved the development of the Cultural Arts Center as part of the 20122013 fiscal year budget. If you are interested in teaching or sponsoring a class at the Cultural Arts Center please contact Susan Didier at 704-821-2541 or email@example.com.
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by creating a sponsor/donor program to aid in development funding and utilizing a potential grant from the Parks And Recreation Trust Fund as well as money from the parks bond referendum passed by residents in November 2012. Using a phased approach, Town Council will determine what amenities will be built first in the parks. The anticpated start date for park construction is mid- 2013. Town Council presented a continued focus on economic development by electing to move forward with researching locations for a future technology park. A development like this in Indian Trail would bring jobs to the community and provide a larger tax base to support other P2P projects.
Town Receives Federal Town Council Approves Funding For Sidewalk Animal Control Ordinance Construction
he Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) authorized Congestion Management Air Quality Grant funding for two sidewalk projects in Indian Trail. The FHWA will pay for 80 percent of the cost to construct a sidewalk on Rogers Road (from Wesley Chapel – Stouts Road to corporate town limits) and Unionville – Indian Trail Road (from Younts Road to Sardis Church Road and south to the Brittany Downs subdivision on Sardis Church Road). The addition of these sidewalks will improve residents’ access to area schools and local business and entertainment districts. Construction on Unionville-Indian Trail Road is expected to begin mid 2013.
Indian Trail Town Council approved a new Animal Control Ordinance that will take effect April 1, 2013. The Indian Trail Animal Control Ordinance adopted by the Town Council acknowledges and confirms the authority granted to Union County under the previous adoption of the Union County Animal Control Ordinance. The ordinance outlines restricted and prohibited acts related to dogs and cats including: - Identification: All dogs which are allowed outside the owner’s primary residence shall be required to wear identification. - Restraint of Dogs: It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having possession of any dogs to allow his/her animal to run at large within Town limits. Dogs which are not in a properly secured private property or vehicle shall be restrained by a leash or secure enclosure. - Dogs and Cats as Nuisances: It is unlawful for any person to own or maintain a dog or cat in a manner so as to constitute a public nuisance. This includes but is not limited to: allowing the dog/cat to damage property other than the owners’, failure to pick-up dog/cat feces, restraining an animal so that it has access to public sidewalks or streets, maintaining an animal in unsanitary conditions, allowing the dog/cat to make noise in an excessive fashion, maintaining a dog/cat that is diseased and a danger to the public, maintaining a dog that repeatedly chases or attacks vehicles or residents, and failing to confine a female dog in heat. The ordinance does not contain any regulations regarding farm animals or exotic pets. Town Council member Darlene Luther said, “This new leash law ordinance is the first step to keep residents safe from wandering animals. The Town Council will actively review the implementation of the new ordinance and will solicit feedback from Town residents for any future changes.”
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Community Parks Development Update
n November 2012 Indian Trail residents approved an $8.5 million bond for the construction of two community parks; a 51 acre park near Indian Trail Road and US HWY 74 and a 140 acre park near Sardis Elementary School and Unionville-Indian Trail Road.
Welcome to all of the new IT businesses! We are excited to have you as part of our community.
- D-Moe’s Famous Hot Dogs is located off HWY 74 at 208 Postage Way, Indian Trail. Visit their website d-moes.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DMoesHotDogs.
At their meeting on January 22, Indian Trail Town Council approved Woolpert, Inc. to serve as the project manager for the construction of the large 140 acre park located near Sardis Elementary School and Unionville-Indian Trail Road. The plans for this large community park currently include a softball and baseball complex, multiple playgrounds and pavilions, over five miles of running, walking, and biking trails, a dog park, potential water feature, and multi-use fields for soccer, lacrosse, and football. Funding for the construction of this park will come from the Park Bond Referendum passed by residents on the 2012 ballot, a potential Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant, and a sponsor/donor program. Residents can expect park construction to begin as soon as possible with a groundbreaking in mid- 2013. The Council will work with the project manager on a phased approach to building the parks and to determine which park amenities to construct first.
- Chick-fil-A has begun construction on their new Indian Trail location
at the corner of HWY 74 and Indian Trail Road. The new facility will be the largest in the area and plans to open in June.
-Hickory Tavern is coming to Sun Valley Commons!
The new 6,398 square foot location will be located beside the Sun Valley 14 movie theater and expects to open in mid- 2013. Pictured at left from left to right: Proposed 51 acre park. Proposed 140 acre park. ‘Sardis Park’ and ‘Chestnut Park’ names are not official and are used for reference purposes only. Park names will be determined at a later date.
2013 Indian Trail Event Schedule
he 2013 event schedule is PACKED with FREE events for IT residents! For the most up to date information about events, including vendor informations, parade entry forms, performance schedules, and sponsorship information please visit the Town website www.indiantrail. org or the Town’s facebook page www.facebook.com/IndianTrail. We look forward to seeing you this year!
March 23 - Hop To IT! Easter Egg Hunt
July 4 - Independence Day Parade
April 20 - Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration
September 27-29 - Indian Trail Pow Wow
April 27 - Trash/Recycling Drop-off Day
October 19 - Piedmont Cultural Arts Festival
May 3 - Sunset Series Movie Night
October 25 - Halloween Candy Crawl
May 17 - Sunset Series Movie Night
December 8 - IT’s A Wonderful Life Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
June 8 - Family Fun Day
June 21 - Sunset Series Movie Night
June 7 - Sunset Series Movie Night
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A HUGE thank you to all of the businesses and organizations that sponsor, promote and support IT events throughout the year!! Indian Trail, NC
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Key Contacts IT Administrative Services: 704-821-5401 - Town Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org - Tax Department: email@example.com - IT Planning Department: firstname.lastname@example.org - IT Engineering: email@example.com - Public Works: firstname.lastname@example.org - Stormwater Department: email@example.com - Human Resources Department: firstname.lastname@example.org - Town Manager: email@example.com - Economic Development: firstname.lastname@example.org - Events Coordinator: email@example.com - Public Information: firstname.lastname@example.org - Park Information: email@example.com - Cultural Arts Center - firstname.lastname@example.org Union County Sewer and Water Services: 704-296-4210 Union County Public Schools: 704-296-9898 Union County Sheriff ’s Office (IT Division): 704-684-6390 Fire Departments: - Hemby Bridge Fire Department: 704-882-2100 - Baker’s Fire Department: 704-289-2741 - Stallings Fire Department: 704-821-7100
Pictured above from left to right: Mayor Michael Alvarez, Councilmember David Waddell, Mayor Pro Tem David Cohn, Councilmember Christopher King, Councilmember Robert Allen, Councilmember Darlene Luther. Michael Alvarez, Mayor email@example.com
David Cohn, Mayor Pro Tempore firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher King, Council Member email@example.com
Robert Allen, Council Member firstname.lastname@example.org
David Waddell, Council Member email@example.com
Darlene Luther, Council Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Any mail to the Mayor or Town Council Members should be addressed as follows: Town of Indian Trail Attention: (Mayor/Council Member) P.O. Box 2430 Indian Trail, NC 28079
Monthly Board & Committee Meeting Schedule All meetings are held in the Civic Building unless otherwise noted.
Stormwater - 2nd Thursday, 6p.m. (Indian Trail Administrative Building) Public Safety - 3rd Thursday, 6p.m.
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