Poll: Bill Brawley leads Ann Newman in Dist. 103 race

Republican nominee Bill Brawley is leading the State House District 103 race – which comprises Matthews, Mint Hill, and east Charlotte – against Democratic opponent Ann Newman according to a new SurveyUSA poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

According to the poll of 350 registered voters in that district, 45 percent of voters said if the election for state representative were held today, they would vote for Brawley who is looking to replace retiring Rep. Jim Gulley (R).  Thirty-nine percent said they would vote for Newman, and 16 percent said they were undecided.

Among voters who said they were most likely to vote in 2010, Brawley’s lead expands to 49 percent to 39 percent. Continue reading

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Library board meeting to discuss sustainability plan

Follow the meeting on our Twitter feed on the right side of this Web page. Library PR as well as Chris Miller of WBT are at the meeting sending live Twitter messages.

In this week’s Mint Hill Times, read about the deal Mint Hill struck with County Board of Commissioners that will give the town a certain amount of county owned land in Mint Hill in exchange for its donation of $175,000 to the library. Cornelius and the City of Charlotte have similar deals with the County.

Mecklenburg County owns several hundred acres of land in Mint Hill, including nearly 100 acres at Ezell Farm.

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Mint Hill still stands where it has for two weeks: Will donate to the library if it is fair across the board

A press release by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, as well as other media sources, have said that boards from Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews and Mint Hill met yesterday to officially vote on how much they will give the library to keep doors open. However, Mint Hill Board of Commissioners did not meet yesterday. They voted at the previous board meeting almost two weeks ago to give the library $175,000, as long as it is equitable to what the other towns are giving. As of now, the equitability is in question. Cornelius, the only other town that was willing to give the full $175,000 in cash, voted yesterday that the donation come with several conditions:

The Cornelius board approval came with a series of conditions. Chief among those is a need to work out an “asset transfer agreement” with the county equivalent to $175,000. The agreement could include a lien, an asset swap, or a promissory note, the board said.

Other conditions, according to draft minutes of Monday’s meeting, included:

  • Commitment of the Library Board of Trustees to the Contingency Plan adopted by the Mecklenburg County Commission;
  • That funds be released on the staggered schedule outlined in the Contingency Plan adopted by Mecklenburg County and only upon satisfactory completion of the conditions set forth in that document;
  • Emergency support participation, either financial or in-kind, by the City of Charlotte and three other towns (in addition to Cornelius);
  • The town attorney will review and amend the interlocal agreement as necessary;
  • That a town representative be appointed to the Steering Committee.

Expect Mint Hill to follow suit and offer conditions to giving the library $175,000. After the break: Read the press release sent by the library, as well as the Memorandum of Understanding that four of the five towns approved yesterday. Continue reading

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Running for Mecklenburg County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor: Lord God King

The Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor  in Mecklenburg County could be in good hands next year if David Michael Rice wins. Earlier this year, Rice was a Republican candidate for County Commissioner at-large. The Charlotte Observer, in a candidate questionnaire, asked him what was one thing about himself that would surprise people. His answer? He was born Lord God King.

In June, after losing the primary, he filed to run for Soil and Water. He will compete against Dempsey Miller of Huntersville in the non-partisan race.

(Hat Tip: William Gray Newman via Facebook.)

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Mecklenburg County budget crisis mentioned in Time Magazine

Time Magazine recently featured an article on how the economy has affected states, counties and cities. Here’s what they say about potential library closings in Mecklenburg County:

This all comes as a shock to the folks of Charlotte, who long ago grew accustomed to seemingly endless prosperity. The seeds of Bank of America, among other empires, were sown there. “People are asking, ‘We’re Charlotte, North Carolina. We’re big banks. How did we get like this?’ ” says county budget director Hyong Yi. The answer is rooted in that once booming economy. As Charlotte burgeoned, the county approved $1.5 billion in bonds to build a new courthouse and new schools, expand its jails, improve its parks and — irony alert — open state-of-the-art libraries.

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