Park and Recreation Committee met

The Park and Recreation Committee met at the Town Hall June 12 to discuss and approve the police department’s National Night Out event to be held at Fairview Park August 7.  This event is held across the country and allows police departments to provide safety tips to the community.

The committee also discussed the Pine Lake Country Club Junior Open to be held September 7-9.  The event, sponsored by orthodontist Dr. Wesley Robinson, may be large enough to require extra tennis courts.  Free clinics the weekend before or after the event have been offered in exchange for use of the public courts.

The town attorney is looking into new contracts regarding the radio tower in Fairview Park.  Committee members brought up concerns for what the tower will mean for a future dog park.  Town Manger Brian Welch explained the town had access to the area under the tower, excluding the fenced-in area.

“We had to work out the issue of whether or not we could be under the tower, per se; now that we know we can it’s just a matter of waiting to see is there going to be a tower to be under,” said Welch.

The budget does not have funds specified for a dog park, though there may be extra money available depending on the cost of construction and what other needs come up in the town.

Welch also announced that Dwayne Dorton, Director of Public Works, will be retiring this year.  His last day will be August 31.

“Dwayne was good for this town, not just for just keeping the park squared away, but obviously we have the best streets in Mecklenburg County,” said Welch.

The committee will not meet in July.

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Library plan presented to Mint Hill Board

Carol Hull presented the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Citizens Committee report to the Board of Commissioners last Thursday.  She is a member of the committee, a team of citizens with professional experience in real estate, process improvements, information technology, and Mecklenburg County government.
The goal of this committee was “to review the functions and utilization of the main library, consider the feasibility of consolidating, downsizing, or relocating the functions of the main library” to another site.  The committee met monthly from November 2011 to February 2012 to investigate library functions and ways to save money. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Fire Chief resigns

The time allotted for public comments during the Board of Commissioners meeting at the Town Hall last Thursday was centered around the resignation of Fire Chief Jeremy Russell.  Russell resigned from his position in the town as the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Operations Director in April and as the fire chief on the day of the board meeting.
Volunteer fire department chairman Jerry Mullis asked the commissioners to consider hiring four new personnel rather than the original three the department asked for.  He said it is a requirement to have four people each shift, but that day they had only three.  The Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department often receives double calls, but the staff limitations force more of a reliance on other organizations.
He also asked that the town release e-mails from the past chief.  Mullis explained that when Russell resigned from the town his e-mail was terminated.  He is concerned there may be issues that require the organization’s action within the e-mails, but they cannot be sure what those issues are.
Mullis said Russell resigned from the fire department so as to not bring that organization into the issues he was having with the town.
“He wanted us not to be involved with that,” said Mullis.
Russell’s mother, Virginia, also spoke during the public comments.  She asked the board to “pay my son for the vacation time he earned from the past 18 years.”
Russell was unavailable for comment.

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Board meets for preliminary budget hearing

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners met Monday evening for a preliminary budget meeting. The board heard from Parks and Recreation, the Planning Board, and the police and fire departments.
Parks and Recreation requested various equipment, including a sweeper truck, a water tank which is currently borrowed from the fire department, a straw blower, a stump grinder, though it was said it could be just as effective to pay for that service, and a Bobcat utility vehicle. Parks and Rec is asking for a total of $387,000.
The Planning Board’s budget looks very similar to last year’s. Last year it received $323,360 of the budget, and this year it is asking for $323,961. Costs include vacant positions, a reassignment of a planner to senior planner. A senior planner would be authorized to make decisions and support the department since jobs have been cut on the county level.

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Board enforces junk vehicle code

The Board of Commissioners continued discussion on an appeal regarding a junk vehicle code violation. The code allows one junk vehicle to sit in the backyard with a cover. Ruthie Marciante’s property on Nelson Road has been declared in violation as it had three.The general statues defines a junk vehicle as one that does not display a current license plate, is partially dismantled or wrecked, cannot be moved in the manner it was intended, and/or is at least five years old and worth less than $500.

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Mint Hill changes procedures for rezoning amendments

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners will meet April 12 to discuss rezoning amendments affecting the development plan approval procedures.
Currently, Mint Hill holds joint public hearings, requiring the Board of Commissioners and the Planning Board to meet together.  The proposed changes would eliminate the Planning Board’s required attendance.  State statues do not require the Planning Board to attend the meeting.

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