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Mint Hill Commissioner Austin Regrets and Refutes Claims from Police Report

By Charles Kelleher Harris

By now most of Mint Hill has heard about the November 1 incident where police officers were dispatched to the home of Commissioner Lloyd D. Austin in response to a noise complaint. However few have heard Austin’s side of the story.

Last Thursday after a Board of Commissioners closed session, Austin made a public apology for the events specified in the police report.

According to the report Officer Jacob T. Smith was dispatched to Austin’s home at 10306 Edward’s Place, after the department received a noise complaint.

When Smith arrived at Austin’s home, just after midnight there was a party going on and Smith heard music from behind the house that was “extremely loud.”

“We were having a celebration of life and a Halloween party combined,” Austin stated in an interview last Friday. Austin explained that he had recently had a scan done that revealed he was still cancer free after a battle with the disease five years ago.  […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, Government, History|0 Comments

Mint Hill Board of Commissioners hold closed Session, Open Apology

By Charles Kelleher Harris

As soon as Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting was called to order, a motion was made for the board to go into close session in order to discuss “personnel” issues.

After about 45 minutes in a conference room outside the meeting room, the board returned.

Mayor Ted Biggers called the meeting back into open session and then immediately stated that Commissioner Lloyd Austin had a comment to make.

“Most of you know I’ve been in the news recently,” Austin said holding back tears. “I’d like to apologize to the police department. I’m very sorry that they had to come out that time of night.”

Austin is referencing a November 1 incident in which Mint Hill police were dispatched to his home at 10306 Edward’s Place for a noise complaint.  […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Government, History|0 Comments

Mint Hill finalizes land purchase

Charles Kelleher Harris

Mint Hill Commissioners voted unanimously to finalize the purchase of property at 9801 Brief Road for a total of $670,000. This decision comes on the feet of the news that Mint Hill had been awarded a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant totaling $335,000.

The PARTF grant application was submitted early this year and was approved by the state in late September.

It is a matching grant, meaning that the town must match the $335,000 in order to purchase land to be used for a future park.

Talks commenced almost immediately about usage of the 20 plus acres at 9801 Brief Road. Many have asked for a recreational complex that would feature playing fields.

“This is the last step to finalize the process,” said Town Manager Brian Welch. “We will be having a discussion here shortly about planning.”  […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Development, Government, History|2 Comments

Early Voting in Mint Hill ends November 1

NOTE: Early voting is taking place until November 1 at the Mint Hill branch library, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Times

Those looking to vote early can stop at Matthews Library at 230 Matthews Station Street from 10 am to 7 pm on October 30 and 31 and 10 am to 1 pm on November 1. For voting on November 4, the polling location for precinct 220 is the main room of the Mint Hill Masonic Lodge #742 at 10223 Lawyers Road. Voters can cast ballots on election day from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.

In the race for U.S. Senate, the three candidates are Republican Thom Tillis, Democrat Kay Hagan and Libetarian Sean Haugh.

Republican Robert Pittenger is running unopposed for District 9 for U.S. House of Representatives.

For State Senate in District 41, Democrat Latrice McRae is facing Republican Jeff Tarte. K […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Government, Mecklenburg County, Politics|2 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|28 Comments

Chamber holds ‘Celebrate Civic’ luncheon

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon last Thursday with a “Celebrate Civic” theme. Guest speakers from several local non-profit organizations provided brief summaries of their contributions to the community and how to get involved as a volunteer. Habitat for Humanity, the Lions Club, Kiwanis, Mint Hill Arts and Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care were present at the event. Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance explained the organization’s purpose as a location for seniors who don’t want to enter a nursing home. With a hair salon, computers, meals, and medical care, the center allows adults to remain independent while still receiving care and connecting with others. […]

By |July 2nd, 2014|Around Town, Government|21 Comments