The Board of Commissioners met June 21 for a mini-retreat to discuss various issues regarding the plans for the new and current Town Hall buildings.
The current building will be renovated for the future police department. Construction will be minimal. Most walls will be kept as they are to keep costs low. Chief of Police Tim Ledford is reported to have approved the plans. The biggest renovations include enclosing the area between the John M. McEwen Assembly Room and the rest of the building, possibly adding a facade to the face of the building, and adding public parking at the front of the building, as the back will become enclosed.
The board considered furniture and procedures for acquiring and displaying artwork in the new Town Hall. Cushioned, armed chairs are being considered for the new assembly room. Commissioners expressed a desire for historical images of Mint Hill to be displayed throughout the building, as well as local art. They considered creating an art committee to work with arts organizations and professional decorators for display guidelines.
Other topics discussed included the future of cultural events that historically took place at the Town Hall, including Movies on the Lawn, June Tunes, Mint Hill Madness, and the lighting of the Christmas tree. They also discussed the cost effectiveness of moving the tree and the possibility of cutting it down.