Mint Hill library news: New hours announced; Manager David Sniffin is laid off

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announced today that hours for all the libraries will change April 5 as a result of the budget shortfall. The Mint Hill branch hours are as follows:
Monday-Wednesday 10 am to 7 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Closed on Thursdays and Sundays. Also, David Sniffin, Manager at the Mint Hill library for about a year, was one of the 80-82 library employees let go this week. No word on who the new manager will be.

At last night’s Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, Town Manger Brian Welch said he will be meeting with Library Director Charles Brown on April 7 to discuss the Mint Hill Library situation.

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Mint Hill Police Department collects more than 14,000 pills

The Mint Hill Police Department participated in Operation Medicine Drop last week and successfully collected more than 14,000 pills.  The police department received many positive comments and encouraging feedback from citizens of Mecklenburg County about this initiative.  Due to the outpouring of support, the Mint Hill Police Department is planning to hold medicine drop offs at least twice per year.  The next date is tentatively set for the last weekend in September at the Mint Hill Madness Festival.  Continue reading

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Spring is in the air!

It’s been a topsy-turvy week in Mint Hill and the country this past week. The good news is it is spring in North Carolina, the best time of year!

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Land use plan meeting tonight

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan Committee of the Town of Mint Hill will meet tonight at  6:30 p. in the John M. McEwen Assembly Room, Mint Hill Town Hall. The called meeting will provide the opportunity for Committee members to continue working with representatives of the Town’s consulting firm, HNTB, toward developing a Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the Town of Mint Hill.

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Police Chief Tim Ledford releases statement on medical marijuana legalization

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford released a statement today reaffirming his opinion that medical marijuana should not be legalized in North Carolina. Ledford told the Charlotte Observer:

“If people start accepting the use, even if it’s medical marijuana use, people tend to see that being more liberal, more accepting.”

Representative Nick Mackey of Charlotte is working on a bill in the state legislature that will legalize medical use of the drug. Mackey got support for legalization from an unlikely source: the Meck Deck blog, which in the past has not been very friendly to the state representive. However, it was Ledford who took the brunt this time. Said Jeff Taylor, the primary writer for the blog,

“Chief, when you make Nick Mackey sound like a statesman, you might want to start over.”

Ledford is the President of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. He heavily cited in today’s press release the The International Association of Chief’s of Police analysis of California and Arizona medical marijuana propositions. According to the IACP, The Arizona proposition was not a success.

In essence, the proposition legalized all Schedule I drugs for everyone in the state. Two doctors were required to write prescriptions for Schedule I drugs; however, no age limit is specified for individuals seeking drugs for medicinal purposes. The law also allowed for the release of over 1,000 felons from prison on the premise that they were sent there for minor, non-violent drug crimes.

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