Commissioners raised concerns over the fate of Bain Elementary School’s auditorium at last Thursday’s meeting.  The three present commissioners made a quorum in the absence of Mayor Ted Biggers and Commissioner Mickey Ellington.

An environmental and structural study was done on Bain’s auditorium and found asbestos and lead based paints, as well as significant structural problems.  The Board is interested in saving the building as a piece of Mint Hill’s history, and may find help through the Mint Hill Historical Society and the Department of Cultural Resources.  This issue may generate public interest, and with the absence of the mayor and a commissioner, it was deferred until the next meeting scheduled for August 16.

In other matters

  • Mecklenburg County Commissioner, Jennifer Roberts, presented the CONNECT Project.  CONNECT is intended to help the region avoid the problems of growth.  It is a 14-county region in two states, focusing on economic growth as well as the environmental impact of growth.
  • The Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department presented its plan for a second fire station.
  • Three residents spoke during the public comments section of the meeting.  Michele Casale spoke about the condition of Morgan Run subdivision’s streets.  Patricia Haynie spoke about bus service and her concerns about Lebanon Community Church’s plan to host transitional housing for possible recovering drug addicts.  Larry Adamchick spoke about a littering problem on Nelson Road.
  • The Board accepted the Planning Board recommendation regarding the watershed districts.  The district has been renamed to the Yadkin District for clarity.
  • Appointments to the Board of Adjustment, Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Planning Board have been deferred until the next meeting. Commissioner Ross motioned to make an appointment for the Board of Adjustment, but Commissioners McRae and Austin voted to defer, noting Mayor Biggers and Commissioner Mickey Ellington were not present to voice their opinions.
  • The Board wants to recognize Camden Johnson for his heroic actions in responding to a helicopter crash in the ocean.
  • New recycling bins will be delivered next month.  The recycling day will remain the same for residents, and pick-up will be bi-weekly.  The new bin can be used immediately, even while pick-up remains weekly.  Residents can keep the old bins or return them to the Town Hall.
  • The Korean Veterans War Memorial dedication has been postponed.
  • The Town Hall transition will take place during the first week in August.  Throughout the move, staff will remain available during regular business hours, 8:30 am to 5 pm.  A banner may be displayed to inform Mint Hill residents about the move.