Mint Hill Police are updating alarm permits

Mint Hill Police are working on reissuing alarm permits to all residences and businesses in the area due to new software being put to use in July 2011. In order to ensure that all residences and businesses have current permits, Mint Hill Police are asking those with monitored alarm systems to visit their website and submit a permit application. This can be done by going to www.minthill.com/police and clicking the link either on the left menu or the link at the top of the homepage.

Once you access this link, you will click on “alarm permit” and fill in the blanks.

Make sure all the information you provide is current and that the emergency contact names and numbers are accurate.

If you do not have access to a computer, anyone can visit the Mint Hill Police Department Monday-Friday 7:30 am-5:30 pm and fill out a permit application in person.

Any questions from citizens can be directed to Marsha at 704-545-1085.

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Task Force recommendations puts Mint Hill library in jeopardy

The Future of the Library Task Force presented its final recommendations to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board of Trustees on Monday. It concluded that the library was not overfunded in the past few years, and that the level of service and costs are on par with similar-sized cities.

The task force also recommended that if the library cannot find an extra $2 million in its next budget, staff from some of the branches could be shifted to the regional libraries to allow for more hours of service. For Mint Hill, it could mean closing the library if the county can’t come up with the funding to hire more employees for regional branches. Continue reading

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House Majority Whip To Join Myrick In Charlotte

House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy will join Congresswoman Sue Myrick for a luncheon in Charlotte on Monday, March 28.

Congressman McCarthy was elected as the Republican Whip, the third-highest position in House leadership, by his colleagues at the beginning of the 112th Congress. Congressman McCarthy also represents the 22nd Congressional district of California.

“I’m excited to welcome Congressman McCarthy to Charlotte,” said Congresswoman Myrick. “I know that his insight into the serious issues our country faces will be much appreciated by all who attend”.

The luncheon will take place at The Westin Charlotte from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Monday, March 28. For more information, go to www.suemyrick.com.

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Gas prices in Charlotte area are above the national average

The Mint Hill TimesAverage retail gasoline prices in Charlotte have risen 0.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.55 per gallon Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53 per gallon, according to gasoline price website CharlotteGasPrices.com.

Gas prices were around $2.60 per gallon last September and have risen steadily since—almost $1 in most places. Mint Hill’s average is about the same as the rest of Charlotte. One station offered gas for $3.50—the lowest in Mint Hill, while the highest price per gallon was $3.54. The lowest gas prices in Charlotte are on the south and west sides closest to the South Carolina border.

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Discover Mint Hill ramping up for this year’s festivities

The folks who are putting together  Discover Mint Hill this year have just about finalized plans. The event explores the culture and history in the town and will be held  April 16 from 9 am to 3 pm at “Discovery Square,” which is at the intersection of Bain School Road and Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

Monarch Mortgage of Mint Hill is sponsoring a Treasure Hunt for cash prizes. “Explorers” can follow their treasure map to the booths at “Discovery Square.” Collect a sticker from each booth to enter the drawings.

So what can you expect this year? Continue reading

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Commissioners break ground for new town hall

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Mayor Ted Biggers (left) and Commissioners Mickey Ellington, Tina Ross, Brenda McRae and Lloyd Austin.

The town of Mint Hill held an informal groundbreaking ceremony for the new town hall last Friday. The event was to coincide with the 40th year that the town was incorporated. Mayor Ted Biggers, commissioners Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington, Brenda McRae and Tina Ross as well as town staff, members of the planning board, architects from Creech and Associates and representatives from Edifice Inc. all attended the ceremony. Biggers said in addition to commemorating the town’s 40th birthday, the  board also wanted to make  people aware that they will see construction on this site for the next year.

After the groundbreaking, those in attendance enjoyed refreshments courtesy of the town.
Work on the town hall won’t officially begin for several more weeks. The $6 million building will be located at the apex of the traffic circle in Mint Hill Village. The development is located on Matthews-Mint Hill Road at the intersection of Cresthill Drive.
“As I was driving here today I thought about how beautiful this building will be and how proud the citizens of Mint Hill will be,” Biggers told those in  attendance.
It will take about a year for the completion of the building. Once finished, work will begin on the current town hall to up-fit it for
a police station. The Mint Hill commissioners weren’t the only  ones breaking ground for the new town hall. Three people who were a part of the opening of the current town hall in the 1980s helped to kick off construction for the new town hall. Mint Hill’s first mayor,
Bob Long, former commissioner Don Blackburn and longtime town clerk Beth Hamrick were asked to help with the ceremony.
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