Board meets for preliminary budget hearing

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners met Monday evening for a preliminary budget meeting. The board heard from Parks and Recreation, the Planning Board, and the police and fire departments.
Parks and Recreation requested various equipment, including a sweeper truck, a water tank which is currently borrowed from the fire department, a straw blower, a stump grinder, though it was said it could be just as effective to pay for that service, and a Bobcat utility vehicle. Parks and Rec is asking for a total of $387,000.
The Planning Board’s budget looks very similar to last year’s. Last year it received $323,360 of the budget, and this year it is asking for $323,961. Costs include vacant positions, a reassignment of a planner to senior planner. A senior planner would be authorized to make decisions and support the department since jobs have been cut on the county level.

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Discover Mint Hill offers historic bus tours

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Mint Hill residents discovered the culture and history of their town last Saturday at the Mint Hill Historical Society. Discover Mint Hill offered hour-long double-decker bus tours, face painting, gold panning, boiled peanuts, and canned preserves. Visitors participated in a civil service treasure hunt and listened to the musical group Doc’s Front Porch. Sue McDonald with the Mint Hill Historical Society said the event was a “huge success.”

 

 

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Armed Forces Museum participates at Vietnam Veterans Homecoming

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The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) hosted an information table at the Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration 2012 event on March 31. The event, held to honor those who served in Vietnam, drew over 65,000 visitors and was sponsored by the USO of North Carolina, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the NC Association of Broadcasters. Continue reading
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NY Port Authority World Trade Center flag flew in Mint Hill

The Charlotte Fire Department’s baseball team played the New York Port Authority last week at Rocky River High School. The two teams are both in their first year.
Civil service baseball teams have been around a long time, and the Charlotte FD team is the first official team since 1958. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department also has a team, and helps the CFD team.
The team is part of Charlotte’s Premier Adult Baseball League, and the league regularly uses the Rocky River High School fields for games. That’s how this baseball game, and a flag from the World Trade Center, made it to Mint Hill.
The NYPA brought with them an American flag that flew over the World Trade Center before 9/11. Since the Charlotte Fire Department could not bring out their own truck to fly the flag, the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department donated their truck for the night.
Charlotte won the baseball game 15-1 with spectators watching.
“I was very pleased with the turnout of the crowd,” said Pritchard.
New York’s American flag was donated to the Charlotte Fire Department who in turn gave the flag to the Mint Hill VFD for their generosity.

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Discover Mint Hill

This Saturday Mint Hill residents are invited to find out more about their town. Discover Mint Hill offers the chance to learn about history and culture at Discovery Square in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village from 9 am to 3 pm.
Festivities will begin with a proclamation by Mayor Ted Biggers regarding the 100 anniversary of the Girl Scouts. There will be Girl Scout memorabilia, story-telling, and a 1918 Girl Scout movie playing in a tent. Every hour from 10 am to 2 pm visitors can take a tour of Mint Hill on a double-decker bus for $3.

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Board enforces junk vehicle code

The Board of Commissioners continued discussion on an appeal regarding a junk vehicle code violation. The code allows one junk vehicle to sit in the backyard with a cover. Ruthie Marciante’s property on Nelson Road has been declared in violation as it had three.The general statues defines a junk vehicle as one that does not display a current license plate, is partially dismantled or wrecked, cannot be moved in the manner it was intended, and/or is at least five years old and worth less than $500.

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