Town Commission holds first meeting in new town hall

Raymond Hait, of the Military Order of the Purple Heart presents the organization’s plan to place a Purple Heart memorial at the Park on Fairview. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

 

Thursday, October 26 marked the first meeting of the Mint Hill Town Commission in the new town hall.

The commission heard presentations from either side of the “CONNECT Our Future: Vibrant Communities—Robust Region” program, which is a process for local government, businesses, and other organizations to create a regional plan for development.

The program is support- ed by a $4.9 million dollar HUD grant and a $3 million of local public and private matching funds, and affects a 14-county area, including Mecklenburg, Gaston, Stanly, Union, and Cabarrus counties. Lynette Rinker, mayor pro tem and commissioner of the town of Cornelius, gave a presentation on why Cornelius denied joining the program, citing federal control of local issues.

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Local towns discuss economic park options

Town Manager Brian Welch speaks at the October 3 called meeting of the commissioners of Mint Hill, Indian Trail, Matthews, and Stallings. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

On October 3, commissioners from Mint Hill, Matthews, Indian Trail, and Stallings met to discuss the potential advantages of grouping together to further economic initiatives in the community by establishing an economic partnership between the towns.

Presentations were given on how partnerships are planned, built, and managed, what advantages they offer to the communities involved, and how that could possibly benefit the four municipalities.

No action was taken at the meeting, but the idea of such a collaboration was discussed and action could be taken in the future.

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News Notes & Happenings

Commission meeting cancelled

There will not be a meeting of the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners October 11, due to lack of a quorum available for attendance. Items on the October 11 agenda will most likely be considered at the next regularly scheduled board meeting October 25.

Anti-Bullying

Great Clips Salon is teaming up with local police, schools, and CBS Radio on a Bully Prevention Program. Pledge forms can be found at all of the 65 local Great Clips salons or on CBS Charlotte Radio’s website. The program runs from October 1 through December 31. Student pledges will be counted toward a CBS Radio pep rally, with the elementary, middle, and high schools with the highest percentage receiving pep rallies.

Check presentation

The Fireman’s Fund will present a check to MHVFD on Wednesday, October 17, at 5 pm, at the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department. The check is grant money that will be used to purchase thermal imaging cameras. Light dinner and training on the new equipment will follow the presentation. The Mayor, Commissioners, Town Manager, and Town Clerk have been invited to attend along with Fire De- partment Members.

Paddle Tennis

There will be a paddle tennis demonstration, free and open to the public Sunday, October 14 at the park on Wilgrove at 7750 Jim Harper Lane in Mint Hill. The purpose is to introduce the game of paddle tennis to the Charlotte area and garner support for a proposal to build paddle tennis courts at the Park on Wilgrove, which will be presented to the Town of Mint Hill.

Open House

Clear Creek Animal Hospital will be hosting an open house October 12 from 12-3 pm, at their location, 9301 Albemarle Road. The activities will include demonstrations and a dog show. For more information, contact Nina at 704-537-8405.

Golf Tournament

The Mint Hill American Legion is hosting a gold tournament Monday, October 29 at 9 am at Old Sycamore. The cost is $400 per team withe $100 hole sponsors. Contact Steve Baucom at 704-507-1526 or Bryan Bunn at 704-264-9273 for more information. Register online at www.mhlegion.com.

Daphne’s grand opening

Daphne’s Simply Southern Bakery is celebrating the grand opening of their new location at 7609 Matthews-Mint Hill Road Friday, October 19. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 pm with light refreshments and baked goods available until 9 pm.

Party in Pink

Fit You Studios is hosting “Susan G Komen Party in Pink” Zumba event, Saturday, October 13, from 10 am to 1 pm at 8400 Fairview Road. Price is $10 per person. For information, call Brittany Kjos at 704-779-6173.

Indy Hunger Drive

The Independence High School AIS program is participating in the Student Hunger Drive of the Carolinas, compet- ing with 19 school to see who can donate the most canned food to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The campaign lasts until November 16, and donations can be sent in with an Independence student or dropped off at the donation barrel in the 400 building.

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Hospital sets 2016 as date of completion

The site of the new Presbyterian Hospital, at the corner of I485 and Albemarle Road. Photo by Derek Lacey

At Thursday night’s commissioner meeting, Presbyterian Hospital Matthews president Roland Bibeau gave an overview of what the hospital currently offers the residents of Mint Hill and the status of the Presbyterian Hospital to be built at I485 and Albemarle Road.

Bibeau presented the updated timeline of the construction of the planned Presbyterian Hospital in Mint Hill. The new timeline has moved the date of completion from 2018 to 2016, with construction beginning in 2014. At 165,000 square feet and $90 million, the hospital will include 50 inpatient beds, a 16-bay emergency department, four operating rooms, maternity services, rehabilitation, cardiovascular services, laboratory service, and pharmacy services.

“I’m pretty proud to share this timeline with you,” said Bibeau, adding “We owe it to the community of Mint Hill to deliver the healthcare that they’ve been expecting.”

The services that will be provided at the new location will include a medical office building that will house pediatrics, cardiology, OBGYN, general surgery, cardiology, and gastrointerology.

Construction will begin as soon as water and sewer reach the building site, and according to Bibeau, the 2014 start date is a result of the lack of water and sewer services at the location.

“I’m pretty excited about this,” Bibeau said. “Delivering healthcare closer to your community and your needs.”

 

 

 

In other matters

  • A public hearing was held on petition #ZC12-8, for a text amendment to Downtown Overlay Code authorizing administrative variation of sidewalk width.
  • Theresa Deeton, president of the homeowners association of Mint Lake Village, spoke at the meeting to oppose the construction of a 7/11 and car wash adjacent to their property.
  • Russel Bagley, of Pine Lake Lane, spoke in opposition to any revision of the current noise ordinance, saying that any new restrictions would be over-burdensome to the community.
  • Troy Pollard spoke, personally thanking Beth Hamrick for her service to the Mint Hill community, and wished her success in her retirement.
  • Jerry Mullis, of the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department, spoke to report that MHVFD purchased property in order to build a station in the Cabarrus Road area.
  • Connie Green Johnson, candidate for county commissioner in district six, spoke to introduce herself to the community and present her platform as a conservative democrat.
  • Steven Smith, president of Mint Hill Lions Club, spoke about the progress of the Lions Club’s 5k, that has grown from 35 runners in 2008 to more than 300 runners in 2012, and presented the commissioners with T-shirts, thanking them for their support.
  • The commissioners voted to approve a contract with the Idlewild Fire Department, which deals with service district tax proceeds for non-incorporated areas. The contract distributes $180,000 to Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department, $130,000 to Idlewild Fire Department, and $5,000 to Midland.
  • The commissioners revised their meeting schedule, because of the holiday season, to meet on November 15 and December 13.
  • Chief of Police Tim Ledford spoke about the Police Department’s annual golf tournament October 6 at Lark Haven Golf Course, to support new programs and volunteer police service, with registration online at minthill.com.
  • The commissioners also discussed the change of voting precinct 219, which will go to the new town hall, and residents of the precinct should be receiving letters detailing the change within the next couple of weeks.
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Mint Hill working toward Aqua solution

Residents in Ashe Plantation and other Mint Hill neighborhoods have been working toward receiving better service from their water provider, Aqua.  Over the past few months we have reported the issues customers have with Aqua, including dirty, hard water and high monthly bills.  Ashe Plantation homeowners association president, Sharon Decker, has been working with Charlotte resident Stan Coleman to organize customers to work together for solutions.

Decker and Coleman have met with politicians, customers, town staff, and Aqua representatives.  North Carolina State Senator-elect of District 41, Jeff Tarte, N.C. House Representative, Bill Brawley, Mint Hill Mayor, Ted Biggers, Mint Hill town manager, Brian Welch, and assistant director for Clean Water for North Carolina, Katie Hicks, are working on the Aqua issue.

The Town of Mint Hill recently passed a resolution encouraging water providers to offer better services. It reads, “Be it Resolved that the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Mint Hill urges community well operators to address the concerns and expectations for the Town and its citizens by striving for exceptional industry-wide performance measures exceeding the minimum requirements set forth by State and Federal agencies; Be it Further Resolved that the Town urges State and Federal agencies to further regulate community well operators to insure those citizens who rely upon community wells are provided with clean, affordable water.”

Decker organized a meeting at the town hall September 7 at 7 pm.  Aqua president, Tom Roberts will be present.  Aqua customers are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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Democracy in action: the neighborhood Aqua meeting

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Aqua North Carolina customers met with politicians last Friday to voice their concerns about the private water company’s practices.  Sharon Decker, homeowner association president for Ashe Plantation, located on 218, hosted the meeting at the Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation clubhouse.

Residents of Mint Hill, Charlotte, Union County, and Huntersville were present.  John Aneralla and Jeff Tarte came to listen to their concerns and provide information. Katie Hicks from Clean Water for North Carolina also attended.  Decker said the president of Aqua wanted to attend the meeting, but the HOA board decided the focus of Friday’s meeting was talking with the politicians.  The president has been invited to the next meeting of the neighborhoods sometime in September. Continue reading

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