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County, library and towns try to cobble together a plan to save the libraries

Negotiations between Mecklenburg County towns and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library continued Tuesday in downtown Charlotte at the law offices of Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson. Library officials have asked towns—specifically Mint Hill, Matthews, Davidson and Cornelius—to pitch in a total of $700,000 to sustain the library system for the next fiscal year. Mint Hill is the only town that is on board with donating the money—as long as Mint Hill’s library stays open—but Mayor Ted Biggers said it would be difficult for the town to give money if it meant other towns aren’t paying their fair share.
Last Friday, Biggers attended the first of the formal negotiations. Towns, including Charlotte, were represented by at least mayors and town staff, while library board members and staff including Director Charles Brown represented the library. County officials included Board of Commissioner Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts.
Towns don’t think they can sell the library plan to their boards without tweaking it considerably. The towns want to help, but the road ahead could be tricky.
“We have to think outside the box,” Davidson Mayor John Woods said. “Then I believe the towns could cobble together a plan that would be acceptable.” […]

By |June 16th, 2010|Mecklenburg County|2 Comments

Mayor Biggers meets with mayors to talk library funding

Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers met with officials from the surrounding towns Friday to discuss the prospect of the towns helping to bail out the library system. Of course, this would mean that the library in Mint Hill would have to stay open, said Biggers to WFAE.
“We are already paying county taxes that support the […]

By |June 14th, 2010|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments

Mint Hill willing to give $175,000 to library–with strings attached

Mayor Ted Biggers said yesterday he told Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Director Charles Brown that he will recommend to the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners tonight to give the library a one time payment of $175,000 to help keep the libraries open. However, it would mean that Mint Hill’s library would  have to stay open. If […]

By |June 10th, 2010|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments

Ezell Farms park meeting tonight

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Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will host an Ezell Farm Steering Committee Meeting on Tonight, June 7th at 6:00 pm in the Assembly Room at the Mint Hill Town Hall to further discuss the athletic field provisions denoted on the Ezell Farm Master Plan.

The current Ezell Farm information and maps can be seen […]

By |June 7th, 2010|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments