Spring 2014 Issue 6
Stallings Sentinel Town of Stallings, Gateway to Union County
Stallings Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Decorating and giving away eggs for Easter has been done for ages. The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans did this as a symbol of life.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Stallings Elementary Ball Fields 3501 Stallings Road Come join the fun! This event is free for Stallings residents and $1 per non-resident. Proof of residency required. All participants will need a Stallings Egg Hunt Pass. You can pick up your passes at the Stallings Town Hall on the following dates: April 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, and 17 Visit www.stallingsnc.org or call 704.821.8557 #227 for more information.
A Note from the Mayor...
Dear Stallings Citizens, It appears Spring has finally arrived and we can get out and enjoy being outside. The 4 new council members have settled in and is learning the government process. The following are some of the issues facing the Town Council: 1. Streetsweeping - a requirement by the federal government. This is a first for Stallings and the dates of the streetsweep are on the town's website. 2. Shred Days - the town is offering free shredding on May 3 from 9 am to 2 pm at Town Hall. See the Town's website for more details. 3. Improvement to Potters Road & Pleasant Plains - this project continues to move forward and you can view the progress on the town's website. 4. Widening of Old Monroe Road - this project too continues to move forward and you can view the details of the project on the town's website. 5. Stormwater Inventory - another requirement of the federal government is Stallings must take an inventory of our stormwater issues. This project has been completed by the Town Engineer and Council is reviewing the documents. 6. Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, 4/19 at 10 am at Stallings Elementary ball fields. This event was very well attended last year and I hope you can make it out this year to celebrate Easter. 7. The following Saturday, April 26 is Earth Day and we will celebrate in Stallings Town Park starting at 10 am. The Town Council has started the budget process for next year and the Town's finances appear to be in good shape and we still remain debt free. Most of all I would like to thank the many citizens of Stallings who have reached out to me and the rest of the Town Council to wish us well and let us know y'all support us. The first few months as Mayor have been extremely busy but I am enjoying the new role. A few weeks ago I was the guest reader at Stallings Elementary 2nd grade classes to celebrate Dr. Seuss week. Former Mayor Lynda Paxton started this tradition and I was honored to be the guest reader this year. A special treat for me as my wife, Terri, is doing an interim teaching assignment in 2nd grade at Stallings Elementary so I was able to read to her class, too. Enjoy the Spring weather and God Bless You and Your Family!
Wyatt Dunn Mayor of Stallings
Shred Days Shred Days are back! CINTAS will be providing Shred Days in the Town Hall parking lot from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on: Saturday, May 3, 2014 Saturday, October 25, 2014 Please note these few guidelines when bringing your items to shred: You will need to dispose of any boxes, cartons, etc. used to transport your items to be shredded. These items will not be shredded or disposed of by the Town. If you have 12 or more boxes of material to shred, please allow adequate time to shred all items. If you have "unusual" paper items to shred (i.e., rolls of paper like blueprints, etc.) please contact CINTAS (704-651-6410) before the event as some things have to be cut down or taken to another facility for offsite shredding since they cannot be handled by onsite trucks. NO MAGAZINES, GLOSSY paper, or NEWSPAPER. NO METAL (i.e., Pendaflex files as they have metal bars in them, or binders as they are plastic and have metal in them, etc.) Staples and paperclips are allowed.
Get Involved! Are you ready to get involved in your community? Home is a great place to start! The Town of Stallings has the following openings on its various boards and committees:
Finance and Administration Committee: Three (3) full positions
Parks and Recreation Committee: Two (2) alternate positions
Stormwater Committee: Two (2) full positions and one (1) alternate position
Youth Members: There are two (2) spots available for youth members on the Public Safety Committee and the Stormwater Committee. If you are a youth between the ages of 14-18 years old and are interested in serving on one of these committees, please contact Town Clerk Erinn Nichols at 704-821-0313 or email@example.com.
To obtain an application to apply for one of these vacancies, please visit the Town’s website at www.stallingsnc.org.
Stallings Parks and Recreation Yoga Classes Saturdays (starting May 3), 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Stallings Municipal Park Lawn (behind large arbors in the back) Lead by Vital Yoga Center of Stallings, come and start your day off right with some yoga. The cost is $6 per person. No pre-registration required.
Parks Hours The Stallings Parks & Recreation Committee is seeking citizens to join the Park Ambassador Volunteer Program. This is for Town citizens interested in supporting the two beautiful parks and park events for the Town of Stallings. If you are interested, please contact Dena Sabinske at 704821– 8557 x227 or DSabinske@admin.stallingsnc.org.
Stallings Fest 2014 Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. Stallings Municipal Park
Stallings Municipal Park September-April: 8 a.m. to Dusk May-August: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. *CLOSED on Thursdays from 7-10 a.m. for maintenance. * Interactive Fountain 10 a.m.—1 p.m.; and 3—6 p.m. May 16—June 6; August 29—Sept. 14: Weekends Only June 6—August 24: Daily Blair Mill Park September-April: 8 a.m. to Dusk May—August: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. *CLOSED on Wednesdays from 7-10 a.m. for maintenance. *
Stallings Parks and Recreation Earth & Arbor Day Saturday, April 26th, 2014 10:00 a.m. —12:00 p.m. Stallings Municipal Park
Celebrate Earth & Arbor Day with our community partner Indian Trail and learn fun and different ways how to become better citizens of the Earth.
Sponsored by The Town of Stallings & The Town of Indian Trail
Youth Tennis Camp Starting Summer 2014, youth tennis camps will be offered. Please check the Parks and Recreation page of the Town’s website for more information about this opportunity.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 6:00—10:00 p.m. Stallings Municipal Park Activities include a Children’s Obstacle Course from 6:15 - 7:30pm with a special prize at the end. Then we will watch Disney’s “Frozen” at dusk with free popcorn provided by the Parks & Recreation Committee. Food vendors will also be on site if you would like to purchase a treat.
Movie/Beach Party Night Saturday, May 31, 2014 6:00—10:00 p.m. Stallings Municipal Park Activities include beach games & dancing from 6:15 -7:30pm. Then we will watch “Back to the Future” at dusk with free popcorn provided by the Parks & Recreation Committee. Food vendors will also be on site if you would like to purchase a treat.
Concert in the Park Night & Local Business Saturday Saturday, June 21, 2014 4:00—6:00 p.m. Stallings Municipal Park Band Shell Bring your chairs or a blanket and a picnic and join us for a terrific performance by local musicians! No alcohol & pets allowed.
Stallings Police Department With the warmer weather ahead, many people will be participating in more and more outdoor activities. Please be watchful for people on bicycles, golf carts, and walking in neighborhoods. Speaking of golf carts, all residents are reminded to review the town ordinance covering golf cart restrictions. Below are the highlights of the ordinance:
Must have working headlights Must have a red lamp on the rear Capacity must not exceed maximum specified by the manufacturer Must have a driver’s license Must obey all state and local laws
Residents are encouraged to review the full ordinance by following the link on the Stallings Police page of the Town website. Recently, panhandling at intersections and door-to-door solicitation in the neighborhoods have been very concerning to our residents. Currently, a Town ordinance is being constructed to help regulate these activities. However, below are some suggestions to hopefully help our residents with these issues. Panhandling: If you do not wish to donate to, or receive any information from persons panhandling at intersections, do not roll down your window or engage them in any way. Door-to-Door Solicitation: The “No Solicitation” signs placed at the entrances to neighborhoods do not prohibit door-to-door solicitation. Your home is your private property and your HOA or neighborhood association cannot control who comes on your property. If your neighborhood allows, a “No Solicitation” sign at the end of your drive or walkway is a proper warning that you do not want solicitors. If you do not wish to talk to a door-to-door solicitor, do not open your door. If they persist, tell them through the door that you are not interested and to leave your property. If you do want to hear what they have to offer, try to engage them from a partially opened door or through a storm door if possible. Always check for an Identification that should include their picture, name, and company. If possible, conduct all business at the door. Refrain from letting them into your home. Your rules for allowing strangers into your home should not change simply because it is a sales person. Finally, always know you can call the non-emergency number at Union County Communications (704-289-1591) to have an officer respond to investigate any concerns.
Project: Keep Your Storm Drain Clean Whatever you keep out of the storm drain, you keep out of our streams. Water that washes off your property into the storm drain — runoff — doesn’t go to a treatment plant — it goes straight into our streams. Storm drains can become clogged with excess leaves, tree branches and trash, which can lead to storm drain back-ups that flood streets, your yard and possibly your basement! Trash and contaminants that flow from storm drains into our local streams eventually flow into rivers, which empty into the Ocean. It may not seem like a big deal, but you can do a lot to keep our waterways clean just by being sure to tidy your yard, dispose of trash properly, and clean up after your dog, and by encouraging your neighbors to do the same. Here are some simple steps to keep your storm drain and your waterways clean: Keep a tight lid on your trash cans and recycling bins, especially during windy days. Pick up trash in your community. Don’t rake leaves into the street, bag them and place them at the curb for pick up by the Towns trash service. Don’t blow lawn clippings into the street. Direct them onto your property so they can be added to your compost bin, or bag them for pickup by the Town. Limit use of sand and salt on your driveway and walkways. Sweep up residual sand once the snow and ice has melted and before the next rain storm so the sediment doesn’t end up in the stream. Pick-up after your dog, even in your own yard — their waste will still wash into streams if not picked up. Limit fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide use. It is illegal to allow pollutants to flow into a storm drain. If you see someone dumping or not containing report it to the Town at 704-821-8557.
Bridge Repairs on Stevens Mill Road NCDOT will be doing bridge repairs on Stevens Mill Road near Blair Mill Park beginning Thursday, June 12, 2014. Please note that Stevens Mill Road will be closed for approximately three months while the repairs are being made. If you have any questions, please contact the Town Hall at 704-821-8557.