If you live in the area of Mecklenburg County that’s northeast of Mint Hill, you could be joining the big city. That’s because Charlotte is currently in the process of annexing the Camp Stewart area–the neighborhoods around JH Gunn Elementary School and Wilgrove Airport. Charlotte is also looking into annexing two other areas on the […]
Follow the meeting on our Twitter feed on the right side of this Web page. Library PR as well as Chris Miller of WBT are at the meeting sending live Twitter messages.
In this week’s Mint Hill Times, read about the deal Mint Hill struck with County Board of Commissioners that will give the town a […]
Mint Hill still stands where it has for two weeks: Will donate to the library if it is fair across the board
A press release by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, as well as other media sources, have said that boards from Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews and Mint Hill met yesterday to officially vote on how much they will give the library to keep doors open. However, Mint Hill Board of Commissioners did not meet yesterday. They voted at the previous board meeting almost two weeks ago to give the library $175,000, as long as it is equitable to what the other towns are giving. As of now, the equitability is in question. Cornelius, the only other town that was willing to give the full $175,000 in cash, voted yesterday that the donation come with several conditions:
The Cornelius board approval came with a series of conditions. Chief among those is a need to work out an “asset transfer agreement” with the county equivalent to $175,000. The agreement could include a lien, an asset swap, or a promissory note, the board said.
Other conditions, according to draft minutes of Monday’s meeting, included:
Commitment of the Library Board of Trustees to the Contingency Plan adopted by the Mecklenburg County Commission;
That funds be released on the staggered schedule outlined in the Contingency Plan adopted by Mecklenburg County and only upon satisfactory completion of the conditions set forth in that document;
Emergency support participation, either financial or in-kind, by the City of Charlotte and three other towns (in addition to Cornelius);
The town attorney will review and amend the interlocal agreement as necessary;
That a town representative be appointed to the Steering Committee.
Expect Mint Hill to follow suit and offer conditions to giving the library $175,000. After the break: Read the press release sent by the library, as well as the Memorandum of Understanding that four of the five towns approved yesterday. […]
Time Magazine recently featured an article on how the economy has affected states, counties and cities. Here’s what they say about potential library closings in Mecklenburg County:
This all comes as a shock to the folks of Charlotte, who long ago grew accustomed to seemingly endless prosperity. The seeds of Bank of America, among other empires, […]
After the third meeting in less than a week yesterday between towns and library officials, a deal seems to be in the works to keep the Mint Hill library open. Library officials drafted a memorandum of understanding that calls for each town to give either cash or in-kind donations that will amount to more than […]
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.” […]