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 Chamber expands benefits with NC Chamber membership

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce has joined the North Carolina Chamber Federation, an organization with 35,000 members that advocates on behalf of businesses at the state legislature. According to Mint Hill Chamber President Boyd Davis, joining the organization provides another benefit to chamber members. “The Chamber is always looking for opportunities to help businesses,” said Boyd. “It does not cost chamber members additional money as far as membership, but it adds an additional benefit to joining the Mint Hill Chamber.” Continue reading

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Sticks and Cones Ice Cream truck lands national top 10 list

By Leah Schmalz

sticks and cones ice creamJust a year after being recognized by MSN’s Delish website, Sticks and Cones Ice Cream has landed on a list of the top 10 best gourmet ice cream trucks in the country. Crafted by Relish.com, the list included only two soft-serve ice cream trucks and only one from the South. The Mint Hill-based business’ Cones truck was recognized for its unique ice cream creations. “We have a pretty creative menu,” said Karen Trauner, who owns the business with her husband Dave. “We’ve worked very hard on it and it’s different from the average ice cream truck.” While their Sticks truck focuses on traditional, nostalgic ice cream, the Cones truck specializes in gourmet offerings like the Boldy Balsamic, a sundae that features strawberries paired with varieties of flavored balsamic vinegar like blueberry or cinnamon pear. “We get our ideas from all over the place,” said Karen.Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 7.31.49 PM Continue reading

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June Tunes July 3

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 4.23.44 PMThe Queen City Brass Band will perform as a part of the June Tunes series Thursday, July3 at 7:30pm.This is a free patriotic concert held on the front lawn of the Town Hall. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music.

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Chamber holds ‘Celebrate Civic’ luncheon

By Leah Schmalz

Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care said the organization aims to provide seniors with a place during the day where they can socialize and receive any necessary medical care.

Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care said the organization aims to provide seniors with a place during the day where they can socialize and receive any necessary medical care.

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon last Thursday with a “Celebrate Civic” theme. Guest speakers from several local non-profit organizations provided brief summaries of their contributions to the community and how to get involved as a volunteer. Habitat for Humanity, the Lions Club, Kiwanis, Mint Hill Arts and Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care were present at the event. Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance explained the organization’s purpose as a location for seniors who don’t want to enter a nursing home. With a hair salon, computers, meals, and medical care, the center allows adults to remain independent while still receiving care and connecting with others. Continue reading

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SonFest

St. John Neumann Catholic Church held their annual SonFest event on June 13 and 14. Over 6,000 people attended the 4th annual carnival event, which was sponsored by American Burger Company. The event kicked off Friday night with a special appearance from Drex, Maney and Cassiday of the “Drex and Maney Morning Show” on KISS 95.1 FM. The all-star radio hosts guest emceed on the main stage, moderated the 1st annual Hamburger Eating Contest and called a few rounds of BINGO in the Parish Hall. “We are so honored to have Drex and Maney back for the second year in a row,” said St. John Neumann’s Pastor Patrick Hoare. “This year we had the pleasure of having Cassiday with them and they were one of the entertainment highlights on Friday night.” Kids of all ages enjoyed several rides, including Thomas the Train, Paratrooper, Way Out Swing, a 3 Ring Circus bounce house, Bungee Trampoline and a Super Slide. The midway featured several carnival games like the Ring Toss, Balloon Darts, Putt Putt, Quarterback Challenge and Water Race. A variety of ethnic and carnival-friendly foods were anvailable for purchase. Continue reading

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