Election decides commissioners, school board

By Michele Dotson    dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 2.09.32 PMAll eligible citizens should exercise their right to vote. Make your vote count by casting your ballot for Mint Hill Commissioner (you will get to vote for four), mayor (Mayor Biggers is running unopposed), and one school board member.

In an effort to bring the past few months’ worth of campaigning into focus before heading to the polls on November 5, here is a brief review of the candidates.

Mayor Ted Biggers is running unopposed. He was first elected mayor on 1999 and has overseen the transformation of Mint Hill’s steady and constant growth, fought for one high school for Mint Hill students, led the formation of the Mint Hill Police department and was instrumental in bringing in a town manager. Continue reading

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Large crowd comes to hear candidates

Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 9.41.47 AMMint Hill Town Hall was packed on Monday, October 14 and visitors overflowed into the lobby where more chairs were set up so everyone could hear and see the candidates run- ning for local office.

The meeting, sponsored by the Mint Hill Women’s Club, gave the public a close and personal look at the candidates for Mint Hill town commissioner as well as District 6 school board.

Each candidate was given two minutes to introduce him or herself, and then the moderator, Bettie Ann Haynes from the Charlotte Mecklenburg League of Women Voters, asked questions from the audience. Continue reading

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MH Women’s Club to hold meet the candidates forum

By Michele Dotson

  The campaign signs are out all over Mint Hill as candidates vie for positions as commissioners and School Board members. The election will be held on November 5. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON


The campaign signs are out all over Mint Hill as candidates vie for positions as commissioners and School Board members. The election will be held on November 5. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

The Mint Hill Women’s Club will hold a candidates forum and question and answer session for residents on Monday, October 14 at the Mint Hill Town Hall. The event will run from 7-8 pm. Citizens will get the chance to learn more about candidates for Mint Hill Mayor, Board of Commissioners and District 6 School Board.  

Most of the 13 candidates have committed to be present for the forum, which will be followed up by a question and answer session. Audience members will be given index cards for their questions and candidates will answer as many questions as possible in the time permitted.
Moderation will be provided by The League of Women Voters.  
At 7 pm the meeting will open with comments from Bettie Ann Haynes from Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters. Candidates will have the opportunity to speak for up to two minutes each.
Then a Question and answer session will be facilitated by Haynes and questions will continue until 8 pm.
Mayor Ted Biggers, running unopposed, has committed to attending the event.
Candidates for the Board of Commissioners that have positively responded to the invitation include Lloyd Austin, Dale Dalton, Carl “Mickey” Ellington, Rich Ferretti, Harry Marsh, Brenda McRae, Richard “Fig” Newton, and Katrina “Tina” Ross. At press time, there had been no response from Eric Random.
Responding candidates for School Board District 6 are Paul Bailey and Bolyn McClung. 
At press time, there had not been a response from Doug Wrona.
Mint Hill Town Hall is located at 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. 
The meeting will be in the Assembly Room.
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Mint Hill Park on Fairview could receive new name

By Michele Dotson; Staff Writer  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 2.53.20 PM At the September 26 Board of Commissioners meeting, a recommendation was made to rename the Mint Hill Park on Fairview.
Mayor Ted Biggers said that it has been recommended that the park be renamed in order to pay tribute to area veterans.
“It could be something like Mint Hill Veteran’s Park,” he said. “We don’t have to vote on an actual name tonight. We should involve the Parks and Recreation Committee and see if they could come up with a list of possible names.”
Commissioner Mickey Ellington agreed, saying there should be time to put some thought into it.
“The veterans deserve everything we can do for them,” he says.
Commissioner Brenda McRae said it was most appropriate to honor our veterans in this way, and it was unanimously approved to move forward with the idea.
In addition to the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial that is located at the park, plans for the Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas are still moving forward.
“Discretionary income is not as available as it was four or five years ago,” says Bill Dixon, president of the museum, “but we are still working very hard to make it happen.”
Dixons says that organizers are meeting next week to revamp the campaign. The last fund raising event was in January, 2013 when the United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble concert drew a crowd of over 400.
Town Manager Brian Welch said if a decision could be reached at the next Board of Commissioners Meeting, there would probably be enough time to order and have a new park sign installed by the date of the Korean War Memorial dedication on November 9. Continue reading
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Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department to charge for ambulance service

Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department representative Roger Martin shares the findings of the long- range study completed in January. Martin demonstrates the need for additional personnel that will be funded by charging for ambulance service. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department representative Roger Martin shares the findings of the long- range study completed in January. Martin demonstrates the need for additional personnel that will be funded by charging for ambulance service. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

At the August 15 Board of Commissioners meeting, representatives from the Mint Hill VFD made a presentation outlining a plan to move forward with billing for ambulance service. This plan is an effort for the service to become self-sustaining.
MHVFD Chairman Jerry Mullis addressed the Board to explain the findings of a study initiated in January to determine long-range needs of the department based on the steady increase of call volume due to population increases in the Mint Hill area.
“All indications are that our call load will increase each year,” says Mullis. “We need to be proactive in our readiness and future abilities to serve.” Continue reading

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Chamber brings business expo to Mint Hill

This Spring, the first Mint Hill Chamber Business Expo will bring together consumers and businesses in Mint Hill in one place. 

The expo is free to attend, and is scheduled for March 14, 4-8 pm at Blair Road United Methodist Church Family Life Center. 
The event is focused on the same three areas that the Chamber itself is focusing on, network, expand, and generate, ideas expressed in the logo, created by Sandy Barnett. 
Businesses and consumers will have the chance to get acquainted with local business leaders, and learn what types of businesses operate within the Mint Hill community.
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