Mint Hill tables vote on four town alliance

By Charles Kelleher Harris 

Four local Boy Scouts sat in for the July 17 meeting as part of their communications project. From left: John McGarty and David McGarty with Troop 94, and Gregory Reeder and Austin Reeder with Troop 198. PHOTO BY BY CHARLES KELLEHER HARRIS

Four local Boy Scouts sat in for the July 17 meeting as part of their communications project. From left: John McGarty and David McGarty with Troop 94, and Gregory Reeder and Austin Reeder with Troop 198. PHOTO BY 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.

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Mint Hill Lions Club holds annual 5K, proceeds aid humanitarian projects

By Michele Dotson
Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 3.42.48 PMThe annual Mint Hill Lions Club 5K was held Saturday before the start of the Mint Hill Madness parade.
Long associated with Mint Hill Madness, the competitive run returned this year on a new schedule to coincide with the festival which had traditionally been held in the fall.
More than 250 runners participated. 
Mike Mitchell of Mint Hill placed first overall in the men’s division with a time of 16:31.
Jessica Alley from New Castle came in first overall in the women’s division with a time of 18:51.
Community support was visible with many area residents, teachers, local students, and public servants participating. Continue reading
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Civil War replica flag to be featured in Mint Hill Madness parade

By Leah Schmalz

The 13th NC Company B will carry a replica of the second national flag of the 13th NC, captured in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War.  Photo courtesy of the 13th NC Company B

The 13th NC Company B will carry a replica of the second national flag of the 13th NC, captured in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War.
Photo courtesy of the 13th NC Company B

 

Those attending the Mint Hill Madness parade at 10 am Saturday will glimpse a piece of history. The 13th NC Company B, a Civil War reenactment group, will carry a replica of the first flag captured by General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

The second national flag of the 13th NC was captured in the Battle of the Wilderness at Spotsylvania in 1864. The color bearer, Grief Mason, was killed for refusing to give up the flag. The Union Sergeant was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for its capture. The original flag is currently on display at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh as part of its Civil War anniversary exhibit.

The replica, handmade by Ben Tart of Garner and hand painted by TJ Miller of Fuquay-Varina, was carried in the 150th anniversary of the battle. 18 members of the 13th NC took part in the reenactment on May 3.

“The reason we did that was to honor Grief Mason, a North Carolinian who fought for his country, his home and his family, and paid the full measure,” said Geary Shafer, Unit Commander. “When you joined the army in 1860 in North Carolina, you didn’t swear allegiance to the confederacy or to Jefferson Davis. You swore allegiance to North Carolina.”

Shafer said the group has roughly 20 active members, and he hopes they will all take part in the parade. “We’re honored to be a part of it,” said Shafer.

 

 

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Mint Hill Madness makes wish come true for this year’s grand marshal

By Michele Dotson

This year’s grand marshal is six and a half years old.

He wants, above all things, to be a fireman.

And he wants to meet a princess.

The Town of Mint Hill and The Make A Wish Foundation have found a way to make that happen.

Tim Brakman has his own fireman’s uniform. He dreams of being a fireman, and, in fact, “loves and has the utmost respect for anyone in uniform, “says Tim’s mother Cindy Brakman.

Tim Brakman has his own fireman’s uniform. He dreams of being a fireman, and, in fact, “loves and has the utmost respect for anyone in uniform, “says Tim’s mother Cindy Brakman.

On Saturday, May 24, Tim Brakman (who answers equally to Timmy) will ride on a fire truck, dressed in his fireman’s uniform, accompanied by his three year old sister, Kate, who, in honor of the occasion, has been named Miss Mint Hill Madness.

Before the parade, Tim will attend a reception in his honor at the Mint Hill Fire Department where he’ll meet the Mint Hill Beauty Queens and Ms. Mecklenburg, and tour the fire station.

Sister Kate will be decked out in her princess finery, which she has already taken quite a shine to.

“We got Kate’s dress the other day, and I wanted her to try it on,” says Brakman. “She wore it all afternoon and thought it was the best thing.”

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Mint Hill Madness seeks sponsors, vendors, volunteers

By Michele Dotson

Mint Hill Madness logo 2014This year’s Mint Hill Madness will be the first for Mint Hill Events, Inc., the newly formed non-profit 501(c)(3) that has taken over planning the annual event which will run Friday, May 23 from 4-10 pm, Saturday, May 24 from 10 am-10 pm, and Sunday, May 25 Noon-6 pm at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. Continue reading

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