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Mint Hill ice cream truck nationally recognized

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

 

Karen and David Trauner started their business Stick and Cones Ice Cream to do more than the average food truck and more than the average ice cream truck.

“We created a menu that we felt would be different, we didn’t want to just be a soft-serve truck that threw on Reese’s Pieces and Oreos, we wanted to aim for something a little more eclectic,” Karen said.

They were recently recognized for that extra effort and uniqueness by MSN.com and their foodie website Delish.com as one of “15 Cool and Innovative Ice Cream Trucks.”

Their “Cones” truck, one of two that they own, was recognized by the website, citing its use of homemade baked goods and innovative recipes.

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By |July 3rd, 2013|Around Town|7 Comments

Construction causes road damage, confusion

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Construction traffic from a development in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Mint Hill is damaging roads and unnerving residents of a neighboring subdivision, routing through their streets to prevent damage to their own roads.

The development, located on Hough Road, across from Arlington Baptist Church, first began construction around 2008, when they caused the same problem. Construction traffic has recently started again, further damaging Meadow Hollow Road, the road used to reach the development from the rear of the property.

Vincent Ammirato, a resident of the neighborhood and street is working to get to the bottom of the issue and find out why construction traffic is using his neighborhood to access the new development, causing  damage to Meadow Hollow Road, while avoiding roads within the development itself.

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By |July 3rd, 2013|Around Town|11 Comments

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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By |June 20th, 2013|Around Town|2 Comments

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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By |June 20th, 2013|Around Town|3 Comments