The Van Wyck News
6 Number 22
||A Voice for Freedom||10 October 2014|
Incorporation and the Future of Van WyckEfforts to communicate the availability of incorporation as an option for Van Wyck included excellent stories in the Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News on 1 October and a spot on the 6 PM news on WCNC Charlotte on Friday 3 October. Video. Text.
Incorporation is about the ability of Van Wyck to decide its own future. Without incorporation Van Wyck's future will be decided by a few people from Indian Land who have deliberately placed Van Wyck in a position of great political weakness. Without incorporation Indian Land and County people will be in a position to dictate to Van Wyck and Van Wyck will have no choice but to accept whatever they do. With incorporation Van Wyck will be in a position to elect its own leaders and elect different leaders from among its own if it doesn't like the job its elected leaders are doing. Incorporation represents political freedom. Failure to incorporate means allowing Van Wyck to be developed by people from Indian Land with no control over the process at all.
Van Wyck is a beautiful area with a lot of potential to be a great community, but it needs to control its own future. Incorporation is a two step process. First, registered voters living in the Original Incorporation Area need to sign a petition requesting incorporation. After approval by the state, these voters must vote to incorporate and elect a mayor and four City Council members.
Second, Van Wyck property owners living outside the Original Incorporation Area need to sign a petition requesting to be included in the new city (annexation). This petition must include information clearly identifying the property to be annexed and be signed by all persons having at least a 10% interest in the property. Easy way to do this: send email to email@example.com with the owner' name and the address of the property. We can look the information up in the Assessor's database and email a pre-filled out petition back to you ready to sign.
These Annexation Petitions will be formed into contiguous groups, which can be annexed into the new city by an ordinance passed by the new City Council.
All property included in the new city will receive property tax bills along with their County property tax bills with an initial tax rate anticipated to be 50 mils or less. The City property tax on a $100k house is anticipated to be about $100 per year, a small price to pay for independence from destructive County land use practices.
I would go on and discuss the incredibly bright future that could be in front of Van Wyck, but this needs to go out now. Incorporation and taking control of its own future is the necessary first step towards this bright future. If Van Wyck continues to allow the County to dictate its future there is little point to discussing possibilities here.
CDC Fall Calendar25 October - Halloween Party, 4:00 - 7:00 PM Candy Walk at 6:30 PM. Prizes for adult and children's costumes, games for children, fun for all.
4 November - Election Day 7 AM to 7 PM Don't forget to vote.
29 November - Put up Poles for Lighting of the Way. Time TBA. Chili after.
13 December at Noon - Christmas Parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside the Community Center after the parade. Games and goodies too. Globes and candles out for Lighting of the Way after the parade.
14 December, 4:30 PM - Lighting of the Way begins at the Post Office with a brief service and moves up Old Hickory Road lighting the candles with stops for brief services at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church and Van Wyck Methodist Church. The people then go to Trinity Presbyterian Church and White Oak AME Zion Church for brief services, and end up at the Community Center for hot cider and cookies. This year the poles will be left up until New Years day so that the candles can be lit on New Year's Eve.
Betty George Retires
but not really
On 30 September 2014 Betty George retired as the long time Postmaster of the Van Wyck Post Office, ZIP code 29744, with more than 30 years of service. On 1 October 2014, Betty George, newly retired Postmaster, began work in the new position of part time Postmaster of the Van Wyck Post Office, 29744. This is part of a Postal Service program to reduce the hours of rural post offices,which reduction in hours will take place in January 2015 in Van Wyck.
Although anyone can send mail from the Van Wyck Post Office, mail is not delivered from that post office. Patrons of the Van Wyck Post Office, ZIP code 29744, must get a post office box and pick their mail up. They have a mailing address that ends "Van Wyck, SC 29744." Residents of Van Wyck who get their mail delivered to their homes have a mailing address that ends "Lancaster, SC 29720" and can pick their mail up from a rural mail box near the end of their driveway.
The 150 or so post office box holders form a particularly tight knit group, some of whom remember when Betty first appeared on the scene 30 years ago (not trying to remember exactly when . . .).
My personal thanks to Betty for the countless ways she has served the Van Wyck Community in the past, often stepping up to do the job that no one else would do, organizing this and chairing that. Thanks.
Betty George and her (mostly) original patrons