Dog silhouettes deter geese at town hall

By Michele Dotson

First came the new Mint Hill Town Hall.

Then came the geese.

 Dog decoys were recently purchased by the Town of Mint Hill to deter geese from making their home in the open are in front of the building. The silhouettes move constantly in the breeze and have proven effective at keeping the geese, and their messy droppings, at bay.

Dog decoys were recently purchased by the Town of Mint Hill to deter geese from making their home in the open are in front of the building. The silhouettes move constantly in the breeze and have proven effective at keeping the geese, and their messy droppings, at bay.

Drawn to the open space and newly planted grass, they came in numbers. First flocking to the grassy area, they soon began to wander the sidewalks and walk boldly up to the front doors.

Visitors soon had to dodge goose droppings, which are not only unsightly, but they can also be a health hazard.

To combat the problem humanely, the town purchased two dog silhouettes, which measure 24 inches high and 34 inches from tail to nose.

The dogs are made out of weather resistant plastic and are guaranteed to last three to four years. Continue reading

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Meeting sets stage for next year’s budget

A budget workshop was held at Mint Hill Town hall Wednesday, April 16. The purpose of the meeting was for departments within the town to review their operating budgets and discuss future needs.

“There’s not a whole lot of change in the way of expenses for next year,” says Town Manager Brian Welch. “Mostly we’re just maintaining what we’ve got.”

The police department is planning to purchase two new police cars to replace older cars that have high mileage. There is also discussion about adding an additional police position. Continue reading

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Commissioner charged with simple assault

A warrant was issued for Commissioner Lloyd Austin for an alleged assault on his neighbor.

Austin turned himself in to police on Wednesday, April 16 and was released on bond.

According to reports, the neighbor claims Austin threw rocks and dirt in his face, then punched him in the back of the neck.

Austin declined comment on the incident.

Town Manager Brian Welch also declined comment, saying Austin’s situation is personal business and not a town matter.

The town by-laws do not specify any specific consequences for alleged misconduct of a commissioner.

“I’m not aware of anything,” says Welch. “I would imagine if any actions are warranted, it would be after adjudication.”

Austin’s next court date is set for June.

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Mint Hill Madness seeks sponsors, vendors, volunteers

By Michele Dotson

Mint Hill Madness logo 2014This year’s Mint Hill Madness will be the first for Mint Hill Events, Inc., the newly formed non-profit 501(c)(3) that has taken over planning the annual event which will run Friday, May 23 from 4-10 pm, Saturday, May 24 from 10 am-10 pm, and Sunday, May 25 Noon-6 pm at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police station open for business

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 8.31.52 PMThe Mint Hill Police station was open for business on Monday, September 23 at its new location in the former town hall building.

A few small problems were reported, but, according to Police Chief Tim Ledford, the transition has been smooth.

“We have a couple of locks not working,” says Ledford. “We had a leak in the men’s locker room that was taken care of this morning, and the phones were not working properly.”

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 8.31.58 PMAll minor inconveniences that haven’t dampened the excitement of the move.

The Board of Commissioners approved the renovations of the former Mint Hill Town Hall in March, 2012.

The architects worked hard to make effective use of the space in order to provide the police department with what they need to do their job effectively.

“We went from about 5,000 square feet to 7,800 square feet,” says Ledford. “In the old building, we had to put three units together to make one, and it wasn’t very effective.” Continue reading

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Board discusses peddling, graffiti at May meeting

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners discussed graffiti and peddling at a short meeting May 23.

The issue of graffiti was first brought to the council a few weeks ago, after some property in town had been vandalized with spray paint. The Town is looking into ways to establish a town policy for cleaning up graffiti, and instructed town staff to procure estimates of clean-up cost.

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford speaks to the Board of Commissioners about graffiti abatement in Mint Hill at the May 23 Board of Commissioners meeting. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford speaks to the Board of Commissioners about graffiti abatement in Mint Hill at the May 23 Board of Commissioners meeting. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Town manager Brian Welch informed the board that the cost to the town for the clean up of 25 square feet of graffiti would cost $500, with labor, time, and equipment all accounted for within that cost.

Board members further discussed specifics of a potential ordinance, including the definition of graffiti, time allotted for property owners to clean up the graffiti themselves, and punishment for persons caught vandalizing property with graffiti.

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