The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the allocation of up to $70,000 from the Tourism Fund Balance to meet the almost $52,000 shortfall facing the Korean War Veterans Memorial at the Town of Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting last Thursday.
Town Manager Brian Welch explained that the deficit came at no fault of the committee, led by Don Putnam and Bill Reid. Some of the work and materials that had been promised as donation did not, because of the economy, become fully realized.
Welch expressed his gratitude for their efforts.
“All the thanks in the world for what these guys have done,” he said. “What we’re asking is for the Board to allocate $70,000 out of the Tourism Balance Fund to finish this project. This will benefit us all to complete the work.”
Welch offered to answer any questions from the Board about the project, and then turned the floor over to Bill Reid.
“Don and I have worked hard over the past few years,” said Reid. “We’ve invested over $550,000 so far and had another $200,000 in donated materials and labor. We have just reached a point where we need to finish it. I think this will be something everyone will be proud of.”
Commissioner Tina Ross agreed and then shared some correspondence she received from a High Point resident who responded positively to the project based on a news report he had seen on television. Thanks to the technology in the new Mint Hill Town Hall, those in attendance were able to watch the broadcast on a large screen behind the commissioners as they watched on their individual monitors.
“It shows how this is already getting the name of Mint Hill out to others in the area,” she said.
In other matters
• Ty Cain urged the board to consider creating multi-purpose pathways to Mint Hill. He suggests a pilot program on Hwy. 218 to connect Old Sycamore, Plantation Estates, and Ashe Plantation, which would be about 800 homes, with the downtown Mint Hill area. Cain says, “The marketability of Mint Hill would be enhanced by people seeing multi-purpose paths being used.” He further indicated that a National Association of Realtors’ study suggests that multi-purpose paths enhance property values.
• Three members to the Park and Recreation Committee whose terms expired June 31, were reappointed by unanimous decision. Brad Simmons, Ray Thomason and Bryan Burns were reappointed for another term. Mint Hill Park and Recreation Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month.
• Members of Boy Scout Troop 144 from Blair Road United Methodist attended the meeting in order to fulfill the requirements of a communications badge. To earn the badge, scouts must attend a public meeting where several points of view are given on a single issue. They are to practice active listening skills, take accurate notes, and then share the viewpoints with their scout leader. Each scout introduced himself and then Mayor Biggers congratulated them on their hard work and gave each scout a memento.
• The roundabout at Idlewild Road and Hwy. 51 will be completed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation with shared financial responsibility coming from the DOT, and the towns of Matthews and Mint Hill. It was unanimously approved to allocate $81,250, half of the Mint Hill’s financial obligation for the project, to enter into the agreement with the DOT. Town Manager Brian Welch is working on obtaining figures for any sidewalk installations for the roundabout project. The DOT will cover 70 percent of the costs for any upgrades. According to the agreement, the roundabout would be completed by December 2014.
• Construction for Phase 1 of Mint Hill Commons was approved following discussion, clarification and a couple of minor changes. The planning committee agreed the project meets the downtown plan and codes, with the exception of the size of the proposed sign. Senior Planner John Hoard reminded the commissioners that 64-square feet is code for the downtown area, but Stiles Corporation was seeking approval for a sign significantly larger at 165-square feet. After examining the scale drawings of the project, the board approved a sign size of 140-square feet for the Publix sign on Hwy. 51.
• Police Chief Tim Ledford reported the July 8 Coffee with a Cop event held at Nova’s Bakery was a success. Another is planned for August 5 from 7-8 am at Nova’s. National Night Out will be August 6 at 5 pm. Hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and ice cream will be served free to the public. There will be a blow-up bounce house. The event will take place at the Mint Hill Park at Fairview.
• Commissioner Ross announced the call for artists and musicians for Sunday Art in the Park which will take place at the Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove. Applications are available at www.minthill.com.
• Mayor Biggers remembered prominent citizen and personal friend Dwight Laymond Moody Jr. from Matthews, who passed away on July 12, at age 83. Moody was remembered for his kindness, civic mindedness, and musical ability. Moody served in the army during the Korean War, and was very supportive of the Korean War Memorial.