Mint Hill receives pedestrian/bicycle grant from state

Red bike Blue bikeMint Hill was one of 12 municipalities in North Carolina awarded a bicycle and pedestrian planning grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The state DOT awarded the grants at its May 7 meeting in Raleigh. Deputy Town Manager Lee Bailey said the grant will allow the town to develop pedestrian and bike paths.

“This is next step after the Comprehensive Transportation Plan,” Bailey said. “This gets down to a deeper level where we begin to determine where and when they will be built.”

The state estimated the town would need $45,000 based on population. The state covers 70 percent, which is $31,500, while the town matches the grant with 30 percent. Continue reading

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This week’s Mint Hill Times

Don’t have a copy of this week’s Mint Hill Times? Subscribe here or find a location in Mint Hill to grab one. Here’s what you’ll read:

• CMS staff recommended its boundary map for the new Mint Hill high school. Some members of the Board of Education, as well as Mint Hill area parents, were not too happy with it.

• Mint Hill town staff are working on putting a dog park in Mint Hill. It will be located on 2.5 acres adjacent to the site of the town’s cell tower.

• The Plant Lady, Joyce Lavene, discusses her and husband Jim’s new Peggy Lee mystery.
Mint Hill Arts held a student art contest and you won’t believe how talented these young artists are. Christopher Pariano won first place for a portrait of a woman in a black dress.
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CMS to eliminate 60 campus security positions

On Wednesday, May 12, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools staff notified its campus security associates that 60 of their positions have been eliminated in the 2009-2010 budget. Instead of having 177 campus security associates next year, the district will employ 119 (two positions were added for the middle schools that are opening next year). All of the campus security associates will be required to reapply for their jobs and 119 applicants will be chosen to fill the budgeted positions. Continue reading

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Matthews budget decreases by 2.6 percent

The Matthews Board of Commissioners received the proposed Fiscal Year 2009-2010 budget from Town Manager Hazen Blodgett during its regularly scheduled meeting. This budget focuses on maintaining current services for citizens during this economic recession.

The proposed budget for the town would be $17,958,317. This is $468,310 less or a 2.6 percent decrease from the 2008-09 budget. There are no proposed tax or fee increases in the budget. The current tax rate will remain at .3325 cents per $100 valuation. “This is a difficult time for everyone,” Blodgett said. Continue reading

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Queens Grant Community Charter School hosts art show

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Queens Grant held its first ever art show for grades K-11 last Friday night. In the picture above, Queens Grant High School art teacher Sabryah Alghrary stands surrounded by students (l-r) Augusta Newton, Matt Evangelisto, Zack Joyner and Anna Sawyer at the art show.  Behind them are pieces created by Queens Grant High School students. In the photo below, art teachers Sabryah Alghrary, Toni Thomas and Dana Peele pose together. Photos courtesy of Leslie Southerland.

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