Mayor Biggers meets with mayors to talk library funding

Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers met with officials from the surrounding towns Friday to discuss the prospect of the towns helping to bail out the library system. Of course, this would mean that the library in Mint Hill would have to stay open, said Biggers to WFAE.

“We are already paying county taxes that support the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system so the citizens see it if we’re asked to give more funds that’s double taxation,” says Biggers. “We’d be looked upon foolishly if we were to give a major donation to the library system and then they close our branch down.”

Read the full story in Thursday’s Mint Hill Times.

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Mint Hill Arts to host painting presentation tomorrow

Noted North Carolina artist Curt Butler will give a presentation on painting at Mint Hill Arts tomorrow (Tuesday, June 22) from 6:45 – 9 pm.  Butler, a professional artist and teacher, enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge with others to create a journey for someone else.  In 2006 he started Butler Studio where he creates paintings for galleries, businesses and private collections.  Butlers’ paintings focus on his surroundings including the Appalachian, Piedmont and coastal plains of North Carolina. He currently teaches adult oil painting at Gaston School of the Arts. The public is welcome to attend this free presentation.
 

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Mint Hill willing to give $175,000 to library–with strings attached

Mayor Ted Biggers said yesterday he told Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Director Charles Brown that he will recommend to the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners tonight to give the library a one time payment of $175,000 to help keep the libraries open. However, it would mean that Mint Hill’s library would  have to stay open. If not, then the deal is off,  Biggers said.
The other towns in Mecklenburg County are also in the process of deciding how much to give to the library. Matthews  might be willing to give $175,000, although they are asking for the money to be repaid by the library. The would also suspend lease payment on its library.
Davidson Mayor John Woods said his town is willing to donate in-kind funds of $40,000, the amount the library pays to lease the library building in Davidson. He said Davidson will try to keep its library open even if it means the town has to take it over for a time.

“It would be our intent to keep the library as part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. And when the crisis is concluded at some time, it would return to county funding,” he said.

Charlotte has said it will give $1.4 million, or 70 percent of what they were asked by the library to give. Biggers said he followed Charlotte’s lead by offering 70 percent of the $250,000 the library was asking for.

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Former Indy safety to transfer to Colorado

Makiri Pugh, former standout at Independence, told University of Georgia coaches after spring practices he is transferring to the University of Colorado. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pugh didn’t feel like he was going to get enough playing time under head coach Mark Richt. Apparently, Pugh was disappointed when the UGA coaches didn’t help with the transfer.

But John Kranish, one of Pugh’s former coaches at Independence High School in Charlotte, told the ABH that Pugh was “very disappointed” in Georgia because he says that some of the other Division I schools that Pugh contacted did not get a return call from Richt or former Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, now on the staff at Oklahoma. Kranish says North Carolina State and some other ACC schools wanted to talk to UGA about the circumstances behind Pugh leaving.

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Last minute change in state budget could bring millions to charter schools

Sen. Eddie Goodall, who represents the Mint Hill area in Raleigh, helped craft a last minute amendment to the state budget that will could bring millions of dollars to charter schools for things like classroom supplies. The amendment in the budget would give counties the authority to transfer lottery proceeds to charter schools—about $50,000 per charter school. Said Goodall:

“I don’t know who would intentionally exclude charter school children and schools and parents from those resources and I don’t know why they would do that.  I hope it was an oversight.”

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