Local residents talk about Marshville's future

May. 09, 2013 @ 04:34 PM


Local people discussed their likes, dislikes, fears and wishes when it came to the town of Marshville Thursday at the town's community center.

From about 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Marshville residents, planning board members, town officials and others who attended the event, participated in various exercises that helped get their voices heard about the future.

The goal of the event was to gather value statements and thoughts that would help with the creation of a future plan for the town. 

About 20 people attended the event. For the first session, participants paired into groups of two and wrote down five things they liked about the town that were later posted on a board in the front of the room. What the participants wrote was then placed into categories and discussed among all of them. A similar process was conducted when it came to participant's dislikes, fears and wishes for the town.

"These are going to be value statements we'll put into the plan later on," Bill Duston, who along with Jana McMakin, who hosted the morning session, said in reference to the items participants wrote and focused on during the event.

When it came to likes, comments about Marshville having a small town atmosphere filled up the board. When it came to dislikes and fears, thoughts about the town's infrastructure, public safety, growth and public participation, were some of the major concerns people mentioned.

"Most people have a lack of information about what's going on in the town," Fern Shubert, who attended and participated in the event Thursday, said.

An example she gave was that a lot of people didn't know about the public input sessions Thursday until she handed out flyers about them.

Other concerns people mentioned were repeated water main breaks in the town such as one that happened Wednesday as well as a lack of sewer service, a lack of new and diverse businesses in the town and a lack of recreation and youth facilities. 

"I think what I am hearing is that infrastructure is the key to the town's future," Duston said while summarizing the overall thoughts of the group Thursday.

When it came to what people wished for the town's future, participants commented not only on finding ways to improve the town's infrastructure but also finding ways to attract more and diverse businesses to the town as well as finding ways to encourage more people to stay and be involved in the town instead of only staying a short time before moving onto other places.

Those who attended the morning session from 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. said they enjoyed being able to express their thoughts about the town and its future.

"I thought it was very rewarding and it will help us at the planning board," Virginia Morgan, a Marshville planning board member who participated in Thursday's event, said.

Attendees of the first session Thursday were invited to attend the evening session as well to give more of their thoughts.

"There was some lively discussion on issues affecting the town's future," Duston said in reference to the first public input session Thursday.

For more information about Thursday's comments and Marshville's future plan contact the town hall at 704-624-2515.