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Small tax hike could improve schools

By Charles Kelleher Harris

The Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on behalf of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools seeking approval and support for a tax increase that would potentially impact schools across the county.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to propose a quarter-cent (1/4 of a penny) sales tax increase on the November 4 ballot.

According to Marinn Bengel of Together4Meck, who made the presentation, this small increase would potentially provide an additional $35 million per year to the revenue for Mecklenburg County.

“County commissioners will direct 80 percent of the revenue generated by the increase to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,” Bengel explained, “7.5 percent will go to Central Piedmont Community College. Another 7.5 percent to the Arts and Science Council and 5 percent to the counties public libraries.”  […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Town Hall|0 Comments

Citizens Oppose New Development

By Charles Kelleher Harris

At least two dozen citizens were present at the September 11 meeting of the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting to voice their concerns over a proposed housing development behind the new Publix shopping center site during a public hearing.

Earlier this summer Ryan Homes, owned by NVR Inc., made a request for exemption from two zoning requirements in architectural guidelines in the proposed housing development located at 6828 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

“We are requesting approval (to) allow a garage to not be recessed from living space and relief from the exemption that every house must have a full front porch,” a representative from Ryan Homes told the board.  […]

By |September 17th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Development, Government, Town Hall|0 Comments

National Night Out crime and drug prevention event August 5

Tuesday, August 5, neighborhoods throughout Mint Hill are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 31st Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Mint Hill Police Department, will involve over 14,625 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals l*etting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. […]

By |July 31st, 2014|Around Town, Development, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill tables vote on four town alliance

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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By |July 24th, 2014|Around Town, Development, Mint Hill Madness, Town Hall|1 Comment

Anchor stores announced for newly approved commercial building

By Michele Dotson

According to George Dunn from Gem-Cap properties, both tenants in the newly approved commercial building between Jimmie’s Restaurant and Wendy’s have committed.  On the end of the building with the outside patio will be Jersey Mike’s, and the other side will house a Sherwin Williams Design Center and Paint Store.

“This is more of […]

By |June 18th, 2014|Around Town, Development, Featured Posts, History|1 Comment

Novant meets with Mint Hill residents about planned hospital at I-485 and Albemarle Road

By Leah Schmalz

Novant say it is still on track to open a hospital at the intersection of I-485 and Albemarle Road, but the plans have been downsized. Novant submitted plans in 2008 for a hospital with 100 beds and 140,000 square feet of medical office space. Now the healthcare organization has submitted a new zoning application to include 50 beds and 80,000 square feet for medical offices.

The hospital would still contain 16 emergency bays, as well as space for rehabilitation, maternity services, and cardiovascular services. It woulda also have a laboratory and pharmacy. The zoning request includes 25,000 square feet for retail and restaurant space.  […]

By |June 10th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Development, History|0 Comments