An Open Letter To Western Union County Residents:
I recently had the opportunity to attend a Waxhaw Board Of Commissioners meeting and listen to a presentation concerning a proposal for a western Union County Library located in Waxhaw.
The presentation was given by a Ms. Jan M. Ringeling, SFR of RE/Max Executive Realty. I believe the developer she was representing was in attendance. I listened to Ms. Ringeling’s positive variables concerning this Waxhaw location,and when she was finished she requested that the Waxhaw Board meet with her in closed session to discuss the financial aspects.
The Board was unsure about meeting with her in closed session, but then agreed to meet with Ms. Ringeling and the group she was representing. My immediate thought was, where is the transparency concerning further discussion on this matter?
It was my understanding that the Union County Board of Commissioners were the decision makers concerning funding and where and when a western Union County Library would be built. At the conclusion of Ms. Ringeling’s presentation, I had the opportunity to address the Board during public comments. I attempted to point out that the western Union County library should be in a location with more county residents.
The total population of western Union County (U.S. Census 2008, deemed correct) is 27,770. The break down is as follows: Wesley Chapel: 6,299, Weddington: 11,400, Marvin: 4,096, Waxhaw: 3,975, and Mineral Springs: 2,000.
Yes, only 14 % of the Western Union County’s population lives in Waxhaw! Where would you locate the library?
I think you would support building this library in a location which would provide access and convenience to all western Union County residents.
Finally, there is a Western Union County Coalition composed of leaders of the above towns. In 2009, these leaders came to an agreement concerning future transportation needs (they won an award from the Centralina Council Of Governments for their efforts). This would be an excellent issue for this coalition to reach an agreement relative to a library location. They could then pass their recommendation on to the Union County Board of Commissioners.
Werner Thomisser, Councilman
Weddington Town Council