By Charles Kelleher Harris
The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners voted to pass on adopting bylaws, articles of incorporation and selecting town members for a Four-Town Economic Development Alliance.
“I have concerns over some of these bylaws,” said Mayor Ted H. Biggers, “I recommend we send these back with our recommendations.”
Almost two year ago, the town of Mint Hill met with town officials in Matthews, Indian Trail and Stallings to discuss the advantages of forming a joint economic development initiative.
For the next year a representative from each town and each town manager met to explore the benefits and potential disadvantages of a partnership.
Two key issues were identified; regionalized marketing and branding and the development of a joint business park or buildings.
In December of 2013 a draft plan was created. That plan was presented to the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners earlier this month and was met with mixed feelings.
Biggers said that he had particular concerns about the voting process and said that clarification was necessary. Town Commissioner Tina Ross also had areas of concern.
“I’m confused about the difference between membership and the board of directors,” Ross said. Ross then made a motion to withhold an approval vote which passed unanimously.
In other matters
• Heidi Pruess was present to highlight progress of the Mecklenburg County Livable Communities Plan initiative. Pruess invited the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners to become involved and insert “their voice” into the plan. The Livable Communities Plan involves investigating and implementing programs to help with quality of life, green spaces and managing growing communities
Several local Boy Scouts were on hand to record the meeting as part of their communication requirements. Mayor Bigger brought the boys forward and each introduced themselves.
• Commissioners heard a report on the recent Mint Hill Madness event. The event which raises money was attended by thousands this year and the three day festivities flowed smoothly thanks to local fire and police involvement.
• Commissioner Ross reported that she had recently attended the volunteer fire department dinner and offered praise for all members.