Ted Biggers 1823 votes
Jean Bonner 644 votes
For Board of Commissioners
Lloyd Austin 1,685
Mickey Ellington 1,651
Brenda McRae 1,303
Tina Ross 1,409
Chris McAvoy 1,155
Eric Random 813
Derrick Snyder 547
Speakers during the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting on July 21 were emotional during the public comments period. They were concerned about the new Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). Each had an opposition to “urban style, high density neighborhoods”.
Their concerns included increased congestion, less of small town feel and overcrowding. Each person said they had received a flyer illustrating these points and had taken the survey which was available on the town’s website until June 20.
A few wondered why the 2000 land use plan, which was supposed to be viable for 20 years, is already being changed.
Mayor Ted Biggers addressed the speakers when the public forum was over. “Most of the members of this board endorsed the 2000 land use plan. We are well aware of what is on it. The new plan is not finished yet. It hasn’t been officially presented to the board to be considered. The public will be well advised when we are considering a vote on that. Once board members are able to look at the survey data, we will open it to the public.”
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A bill that would limit the guidelines municipalities can have in dictating the look of homes is now in committee in the state house. If passed, it could have repercussions for municipalities across the state.
Senate Bill 731, named the Zoning/Design and Aesthetic Controls bill, passed the senate on May 17 by a vote of 38-10. It was introduced by Mecklenburg County Senator Dan Clodfelter and seeks to “clarify when a municipality or a county may enact zoning ordinances related to design and aesthetic controls.”
The bill is now in committee in the state house awaiting a vote that will send it to the floor. Representatives will then vote again and send it back to the senate for the final vote.
State Senator Tommy Tucker (Dist. 35), who represents the Mint Hill area, said the version of the bill that came of the senate was softened and lacked the “teeth” it once had. He said that is why he voted for it.
“The paragraph that was limiting to municipalities was taken out,” he said. “This is a gut check for both entities—builders and municipalities.”
He said there has been very little response to the bill from the public or towns and acknowledged that towns don’t always know what’s happening in Raleigh.
Both Mint Hill and Matthews town leadership crafted a letter that voiced opposition to the bill. It will be sent to state legislators who represent the area. Continue reading
Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony last Thursday. The hospital honored veterans and currently-serving military personnel. The ceremony featured an aerial demonstration, wreath laying ceremony, recognition of the Armed Services and service anthems performed by the Sun Valley High School Band. Special remarks were offered by Brigadier General Gary Wilfong of the United States Air Force (Ret). Event guests included employees, physicians, hospital leadership, volunteers, patients and guests. In addition, the mayors of Matthews, Mint Hill and Indian Trail were all in attendance.
Town Manager Brian Welch will present the fiscal year 2012 budget to the board of commissioners at next week’s regularly scheduled meeting. After three workshops, the commissioners are expected to approve the budget with few if any changes.
Welch is recommending $10,619,436 in spending for the next fiscal year which begins in July, down about $1 million from the previous year’s budget. Most of the drop in spending comes from a decrease in capital projects and debt which is no longer on the books.
Last year, the town spent funds on purchasing land for the new town hall, permits and testing. Construction costs this year will appear as a “capital project ordinance,” and is separate from the regular budget.
The town hall will cost about $6 million to build, but that money will come directly from the fund balance. While spending over all will be down, so will the property tax rate. Currently, residents pay .275 per $100 in property taxes. Welch is recommending to the board that the tax be decreased to .27 cents per $100.
“We will derive enough revenue to produce a balanced budget while maintaining the same level of service to the citizens,” Welch said. Continue reading