Mayoral appointments made; Mayor Pro Tempore selected

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 7.57.29 PMThe December 12 meeting of the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners was the first for newly elected member Richard Newton. Newton, along with fellow Board members Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington, and Mayor Ted Biggers were sworn in just after the Municipal election results for Mint Hill were accepted.

Commissioner Tina Ross, who was reelected along with Austin and Ellington, is undergoing treatments for cancer and is expected to be sworn in at the next meeting.

“I ask that you keep Commissioner Ross in your prayers,” says Mayor Biggers. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and we look forward to seeing her at our next meeting.”

Outgoing commissioner Brenda McRae was praised for her years of service and dedication to the town.

“Commissioner McRae, the town is a better place because of your service,” says Mayor Biggers. “You have the biggest heart for Mint Hill and it was a great honor to serve with you.”

McRae received flowers from each of her fellow board members along with kind words of gratitude.

“I’ve enjoyed my time,” says McRae. “There have been some big accomplishments and I’m glad I had a part in it.”

McRae then vacated her seat. After the mayor and commissioners took their oaths of office, a 10 minute break was declared for the elected officials to meet and greet friends and family that had come to the ceremony.

Once the meeting was back in session, Commissioner Ellington was unanimously approved as Mayor Pro Tempore.

Mayor Biggers then made the following appointments: Commissioner Ellington will serve as liaison to the Planning Board; Commissioner Austin will serve as liaison to the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce; Commissioner Ross will continue to serve as the liaison to the fire department; and Commissioner Newton will serve on the Central Council of Governments.

Wrap up

  • The Board voted to continue the public hearing on the text amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance, Article 4, Section 4.2-General Zoning to add a residential use district R-VS (Residential Varied Style.)
  • Mint Hill Community Church has requested permission to lease space at property located on Matthews-Mint Hill Road on Tax Parcels #1135-331-57 and #135-331-04.
  • Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care is requesting permission to add 4,000 sq. ft. to property located at 13001 Idlewild Road. The expansion would allow Blessed Assurance to accommodate up to 50 more adults.
  • Barry Gullett, director of Mecklenburg County Utility Department made a presentation to the board which included updates, and a review of long-range plans.
  • Mickey Ellington attended the Christmas tree lighting ceremony which he indicated was a big success.
  • Lloyd Austin attended the Senior Citizen Christmas Breakfast and indicated 541 senior citizens were present for the festivities.
  • Police Chief Ledford said December’s “Coffee with a Cop,” was very successful and the next one will be on January 7 from 8-9 am at the Burger King in Mint Hill.