New town hall looks elegant, but…

…dare we say a touch boring? Readers of The Mint Hill Times are also telling us it looks too much like Matthews’ town hall. There’s not too many fans of the current town hall design–the glassy modern (and somewhat environmentally friendly) building–but it distinguished itself among other town halls in Mecklenburg County.

Oh well, can’t have the cake and eat it too.

Here’s the first floor-plan (preliminary plan, the architects and town officials stress). Over all, it’s going to be a huge upgrade to downtown Mint Hill.

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MH’s Edwards named to SPAC

Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) announced today the addition of Robin Edwards to its South Piedmont Advisory Council, which comprises Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union counties.
Edwards, who is a the human resources director for the Town of Mint Hill, will be a part of LGFCU’s volunteer-driven initiative not only to educate people on the benefits of Credit Union membership, but also to relay feedback to management regarding available/potentially available products and services, delivery of service and member needs.

Advisory Council members, who represent the philosophical character of the Credit Union and contribute their time without compensation, function as LGFCU’s eyes and ears throughout the state, serving as liaisons between Credit Union members and non-members and LGFCU management.

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Team Elam finishes 4th in fundraiser

The Elam-N8 Cancer team raised more than $26,435.34 at this past weekend’s 24 Hours of Booty bike race  to help fight cancer. It was the 4th highest amount raised of any team in the competition. Team member Charles Cullen raised the most money for an individual–$23,852.85. Way to go guys!

In the spring, the Mint Hill Athletic Association named a field for Brandon Elam, a former MHAA baseball player. Brandon passed away last year after a battle with cancer.

**UPDATE: The 24 hours of booty Web site updated its stats–Team Brandon Elam drops to 5th place. No worries, it’s still an awesome performance!

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Presbyterian Hospital breaks ground, finally

Mark Billings, chief operating officer of Presbyterian Hospital

Mark Billings, chief operating officer of Presbyterian Hospital

Presbyterian Hospital broke ground Tuesday for its new facility outside of Mint Hill. The 50-bed hospital will be constructed near the Interstate 485 and Albemarle Road interchange. Mint Hill elected officials and staff attended the event. Troy Pollard was a huge supporter for the project and spoke at the ceremony.

Pollard said the community welcomes the new facility with open arms. Read more about the ceremony Thursday in The Mint Hill Times.

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Mint Hill man’s complaint nets $78,000 fine

Bluenc.com blogs about Mint Hill’s Thomas Strini who filed two complaints with the Federal Election Commission that cost the National Association of Realtors a nice chunk of change.

From BlueNC.com:

In a little noticed action in 2007 the National Association of Realtors was fined $78,000 by the Federal Election Commission for violations of election law including $282,500 spent on mailings and advertisements expressly advocating the election of Richard Burr for Senate in 2004.

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Design inches forward on new town hall

Progress was made last night on the new town hall. Board members met with architects for more than an hour discussing the project’s design. The board chamber will be open to the second story, but nobody can view a meeting from upstairs for security reasons.

The exterior features a four-column portico on both sides of the building with large arched windows on each side of the portico. Town Manager Brian Welch claimed one of those corner offices immediately, but Commissioner Lloyd Austin jokingly suggested suspending the town manager’s office above the board chamber.

There is no date set for the next design workshop.

More on the new town hall in Thursday’s Mint Hill Times.

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