Ground breaking on new town hall is this Friday

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners has set the groundbreaking for the new town hall for this Friday at 11 am at the Mint Hill Village site. The groundbreaking is set to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the town’s incorporation in 1971.

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Are pit bulls mean dogs? We ask the president of a pit bull association

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners is currently looking into the possibility of adjusting its ordinances to help curb dog attacks in the town. This comes on the heels of a recent attack in Mint Hill in which a young boy was severely injured, and an attack in Waxhaw that killed a young girl.
Several supporters of animals, and particular pit bulls, spoke at Thursday’s meeting. Kathy Minter of Mint Hill gave a passionate speech about protecting the animals from unnecessarily strict laws.
“Keep in mind there are no bad dogs,” she told the board during the public comments time of the meeting. “There are only bad owners.”
She also told the board that if a resolution or bill gets passed that it should be for the benefit of the dog and that owners need to be held more responsible.
Also speaking at the meeting was Michael Davis, the President of the National American Pit Bull Terrier Association.

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Michael's dog Chilli

Davis lives in Charlotte.
The Mint Hill Times caught up with Davis later to ask him about pit bulls. Are they really “mean” dogs?

Q. You are the President of the National American Pit Bull Terrier Association. What do you love so much about pit bulls?
A. I found them to be the dog breed that I took to most. I found them to be a very misunderstood breed with a huge discrepancy between what I’ve experienced with them and how they are portrayed. They are a very loving, loyal breed of dog and want nothing more than to please.  Unfortunately,  people have used those traits for the wrong reasons.

Q. There have been several recent high profile pit bull attacks in the area. Are pit bulls more prone than other dogs to attack?
A. No, they are no more prone to attack than any other breed of dog.  There are many other breeds of dogs that have incidents happen but they are not reported as sensationally.  The ‘pit bull,’ because of their fighting history, was specifically bred to be Non-human aggressive since the owners had to be able to go and pick up their injured dogs and a dog is most likely to bite when scared or injured.  Continue reading

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Mint Hill wants your input in designing survey questions for land-use planning map

About 70 people showed up last night to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan survey-planning workshop. Suggestions for survey questions will be taken until December 10 and can be emailed, faxed or brought by in person to town hall. Here are the documents that will help you in creating questions for the survey:

The 2010 Request for Survey Questions that was used on November 30. This is the form to fill out with ideas for survey questions. Send this to town hall before December 10.

The 2000 Mint Hill Land Use Plan Survey Form. This is the survey that was used when the town designed its last CLUP in the late 1990s. Use it for ideas for the 2010 survey.

The 2000 Mint Hill Land Use Plan Survey Results for review and reference.

Got questions? Email us at timlong@minthilltimes.com.

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Want input on how to frame CLUP survey questions?

This version of the CLUP, created over the course of the past year, could radically change depending on the results of the survey.

Call it a survey for a survey. When a group of citizens caught wind of a draft of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan about six months ago, the town staff and Board of Commissioners were forced to pull back the reigns on a plan they had developed in conjunction with a citizen advisory committee over the course of the previous year. Despite repeated attempts to get the community involved, it wasn’t until the most recent draft of the CLUP was released that the hives nest was stirred. A vocal group of citizens, mostly from along the Lebanon Road corridor, want to overhaul the original draft of the plan and cut back on high density housing.

To engage the community more efficiently, the town will send a survey out to see what citizens think is the proper way to guide growth over the next 30 years. However, the town is taking the survey one steop further by asking the town to give input in what questions to ask. That is what the CLUP Survey Development Workshop will be about tonight at 6:30 in the Independence High School “Mall Area.” The town staff will use to the meeting to allow Mint Hill and ETJ residents to submit potential questions and areas of concern for the 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) survey, which also includes the Lawyers Road & I-485 Small Area Plan (SAP).  The questions and input from the November 30 meeting will be used to formulate a survey that will be published online and also available as a hard copy survey.  Citizens who do not have access to the internet can come by Town Hall and fill out the survey on a computer in the lobby.

Town staff emphasizes that the purpose of the meeting is to gather potential questions and input for the survey.

The 2010 Survey Question Submittal Form that will be used on November 30 can be downloaded in advance.  Feel free to print copies and fill out a copy prior to the meeting.  Alternate submittal instructions are listed at the top of the form.

Since there will be no formal presentation or time for public comments at this meeting, we anticipate the meeting lasting about 60 to 90 minutes to allow time for the 2010 Survey Question Submittal Forms to be completed and collected.

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Meet the newest Mint Hill Police Officers

From left: Wesley M. James, Robert Marquez, Melanie K. Tatum, Preston C. Allmond, Nathan A. Wisz, Keith A. Mickovic, Brandon W. Todd and Jonathon Phillips.

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford introduced the newest police officers at last night’s Board of Commissioners meeting. Also at the meeting, the board voted to allow Town Manager Brian Welch to negotiate a contract with Edifice, Inc. to serve as the Construction Manager at-Risk for the new town hall project.

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