State of the town: a Q & A update with Mayor Ted Biggers

Ted Biggers has served as Mint Hill mayor for 14 years. He is an airline pilot with U.S. Airways and has been with the airline since 1980, when he finished seven and a half years of service in the U.S. Air Force. He answered a few questions for us about ongoing town business for a quick update on Mint Hill.

Q: The 2014 Mint Hill budget just passed. What do you think of it?

A: I was really happy that we didn’t have to go up on taxes. As you probably have noticed, a lot of the surrounding government entities have had to raise taxes, and I think it’s always an accomplishment-an admirable accomplishment-when a board can present a balanced budget and keep from raising taxes.

Q: Mecklenburg County has been making your job a little more interesting with revaluation and the fire tax overpayment. What’s the town doing with those issues and how is it affecting the town’s day-to-day operations?

A: It really hasn’t had a major effect on our day-to-day operations, because our budgeting has been so conservative and our town manager has done such a good job with the budget, it really hasn’t adversely affected us other than having to work with the two fire departments, Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Idlewild Fire Department, to make sure that they’re properly funded and that it didn’t hurt their operations. I believe through Brian’s (Welch) efforts, and working with their fire chiefs and boards, that we have been able to achieve that, and that’s been the only problem. The revaluation, we’re going to lose some revenue because of that, but we’re also gaining some revenue in other areas because it looks like the building industry is slowly coming back also. We’ve actually got a good number of new homes going up in Mint Hill and hopefully within the next 12 to 24 months, we’ll see some action out of the mall site.

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Publix to anchor Mint Hill Commons

Mint Hill Commons, a proposed development on Matthews-Mint Hill Road, has officially announced their anchor tenant, Publix, and is moving toward breaking ground on the retail development.

The project is being led by Stiles Corporation, a Florida-based real estate investment and development company, and representatives from Stiles, along with Chris Isaacs, of the Charlotte-based civil engineering firm The Isaacs Group, presented the latest updates and unveiled the name of their anchor store at the June 13 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Stiles has worked with Publix in Florida and throughout the Southeast for 25 years, and is currently working with Levine Properties to develop two Publix stores in the area, one at Mint Hill Commons, and the other at Ballantyne Town Center.

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Mint Hill resident pushing for more pedestrian access to downtown

Ty Cain speaks to the Board about the need for bike paths in Mint Hill

Ty Cain speaks to the Board about the need for bike paths in Mint Hill

Ty Cain lives in Olde Sycamore in Mint Hill, and to venture downtown he has to load the car up and drive the short trip, since the stretch on Highway 218 is too dangerous. He has the same problem even going to the Mint Hill Park at Fairview, only a mile or so from his house.

Cain is pushing for running/walking/biking lanes to connect the big neighborhoods of Mint Hill to the downtown area. Olde Sycamore, Plantation Falls, Ashe Plantation, Country Woods East, Cheval, Heathfield and Mint Lake Village are all among the neighborhoods that could benefit from peestian access to downtown.

Highway 218, according to Cain, has become a sort of de facto Monroe bypass for truckers coming off of I485 and heading south, allowing them to skip the traffic of Monroe. This has made Hwy. 218 that much more unwelcoming to bikes and pedestrians.

Cain started a Facebook page, WBR (walk, bike, run) Mint Hill, which started getting likes as soon as it went up, and at time of this writing, the page has 67 likes, all community members looking to improve pedestrian access from the neighborhoods in Mint Hill to downtown.

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Mint Hill commissioners work through power outage at meeting

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioner worked through stormy conditions and a long power outage to hold a public hearing for the 2014 budget, hear an update on a proposed development and appoint new members to town boards, among other business.

The Board of Commissioners adopted the 2014 budget, as recommended by the town manager, Brian Welch, at the last budget workshop meeting. The finished budget came out balanced, and tax rates and vehicle tag fees will remain the same.

During the public hearing for the budget, Dale Dalton was the only speaker from the public, saying, “I just want to thank Brian and the Board for coming up with out budget and not raising taxes or anything, I think you ought to be commended for what you’ve done.”

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SonFest 2013 draws large crowd

More than 3,000 people attended the Third Annual SonFest at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. The event spanned two days and featured a guest appearance Friday night from Drex and Maney of the Drex and Maney morning show on KISS 95.1. Eleven bands provided continuous music while guests walked the midway and rode the Ferris Wheel, Gyro Extreme, and Carousel. The smell of ethnic and carnival-favorite foods such as corn dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy and Philly cheese steak sandwiches kept people coming back for more. The silent auc- tion drew bids on almost 200 items such as vacation getaways, sports tickets, salon and spa services, restaurant gift cards, electronics and much more. The grand finale Saturday night was a spectacular 25-minute fireworks show sponsored by Keffer Automotive Group.

Proceeds from this year’s event will be used for improvements of the church sanctuary. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army Center of Hope, which provides assistance to homeless women and children. —Submitted St. John Neumann Catholic Church

 

 

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Mint Hill Police seeking information on commercial breaking and entering; auto theft

The Mint Hill Police Department is seeking information in regards to a commercial breking and entering and grand theft theft auto that occurred June 16, 3:15 am, at 9611 Idlewild Road in Mint Hill.

The stolen vehicle is described as a 2001 Nissan Maxima 4-door, gold, which was recovered by the York County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office, and is being processed for further evidence.

From a press release from MHPD: “The suspect is identified as a white male, short groomed dark colored hair and hairstyle, no facial hair, wearing camouflage style baggy shorts, a dark color zip-up style windbreaker with unknown logo over the upper left chest, and low-top style tennis shoes. The male suspect fled the scene in the above described stolen vehicle.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Mickovic, MHPD, at 704-545-1085, and any information can be given anonymously.

 

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