Town clerk Beth Hamrick retiring after 32 years

Beth Hamrick readies her office for her retirement, organizing information for Michelle Farrar to take over her position as Mint Hill’s town clerk. PHOTO BY AMANDA WATERS

November 30 will mark the end of Beth Hamrick’s 32-year career with the Town of Mint Hill. Hired in 1980 as a receptionist, Hamrick’s role has changed over the years. She has served as the secretary to the town administrator, the Planning Board coordinator, secretary to the Board of Adjustment, and the deputy clerk. In 1985 she became the town clerk, the position from which she is retiring.

Throughout the years, Hamrick has seen Mint Hill grow, tripling in population. She has served with numerous commissioners and four mayors. She has served in the town’s last three town hall locations: the McEwen Shopping Center, the building on Matthews-Mint Hill Road, and the newest building on Mint Hill Village Lane. Hamrick took classes for various certifications, including the certificate of municipal clerk and master municipal clerk.

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Mint Hill considers regional consortium

“CONNECT Our Future: Vibrant Communities—Robust Region” is a process that seeks to create a regional growth framework for development among communities across a 14-county wide area in North and South Carolina.

The three-year process utilizes input from counties, communities, non-profit organizations, businesses, educators, and other organizations to form the plan and is funded by a $4.9 million federal grant and $3 million in local matching funds.

Jim Prosser, executive director at Centralina Council of Governments, gave a presentation of the program at the October 25 meeting of the Mint Hill town commission.

“The basic purpose of this effort is to establish a regional framework for how all the cities and the counties are going to grow for the next 30 to 50 years,” Prosser said.

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2012 North Carolina Election Results

President

Barack Obama (D)

President Obama won reelection in a convincing victory, clinching 336 electoral votes and 50 percent of the popular vote, wining all swing states except North Carolina, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney secured only 206 electoral votes and 48 percent of the popular vote. In North Carolina, the percentages were reversed, with Romney winning 50.4 percent of the popular vote, while Obama secured 48.3 percent.

US House of Representatives

Robert Pittenger (R)

Republican Robert Pittenger narrowly secured election, replacing the retiring incumbent Sue Myrick, and taking 51.8 percent of the vote in the three-county area that includes Mecklenburg, Union, and Gaston counties. Democrat Jennifer Roberts won 45.7 percent of the vote, and Independent Curtis Campbell won 2.6.

Governor

Pat McCrory (R)

Former Charlotte mayor Republican Pat McCrory secured the North Carolina governor’s race, defeating Democratic challenger Walter Dalton by 11.5 percentage points. McCrory won the race with 54.7 percent, and Dalton won 43.2. Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe took 2.1 percent of the vote.

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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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