by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Rescinding a demolition ordinance, accepting a resolution, and graffiti took center stage at the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners March 28 meeting.

The agenda was short, and the meeting went quickly, as Mayor Ted Biggers was absent, mayor pro tem Lloyd Austin officiated the meeting.

After approving minutes of the March 14, 2013 regular meeting and accepting the treasurer’s report, commissioner Tina Ross opened discussion about the Democratic Government Resolution, saying that in the future, Mint Hill would be better served to be involved in the processes of this type of declaration sooner. The resolution was adopted.

The resolution states the primary functions of state and local governments in terms of services provided to citizens, the state’s being mainly to fund roadways and education, while municipalities responsibilities include mainly police, fire, water, and sewer management.

The resolution states that the General Assembly of North Carolina has begun to erode the responsibilities of city and county governments by passing legislation to limit limit their authority, and “be it resolved that the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Mint Hill and Town of Matthews, are opposed to any measures that would further limit the degradation of the rights of local governments as are needed to provide services and protection to their residents and their property.”

Rescinding a demolition ordinance for 7200 Pine Lake Lane was originally part of the consent agenda for the meeting, but was pulled, along with the Democratic Government Resolution, for discussion.

After noting that some foundation is still standing at the property, which is different from the town’s definition of demolition which would be to completely level the property, the town decided to table the rescinding of the order, and to make a decision after further deliberation.

“Since we have no confirmation that an inspector ruled that the site is suitable for building on and that the foundation is structurally sound,” said Ross. “I would like for us to table this and not rescind that demolition order.”

The property in question has been presented to the commission before, after being left vacant and damaged for a long period of time, the town issued the demolition ordinance to force the owner to demolish the property.

At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Mickey Ellington expressed concerns about graffiti in Mint Hill, especially after the old town hall, the Hill, and a nearby dumpster had been spray painted.

Commissioner Ellington made a motion to instruct town staff to look into procedures from other towns that deal with graffiti, in order to remove it quickly and to not encourage more graffiti.

Police Chief Tim Ledford recommended that the town put in place some guidelines to have the spray paint removed 24 to 48 hours after the graffiti, so that the town sends a clear message that the paint will not stay up long, thus deterring people from further vandalization.