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Mint Hill finalizes land purchase

Charles Kelleher Harris

Mint Hill Commissioners voted unanimously to finalize the purchase of property at 9801 Brief Road for a total of $670,000. This decision comes on the feet of the news that Mint Hill had been awarded a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant totaling $335,000.

The PARTF grant application was submitted early this year and was approved by the state in late September.

It is a matching grant, meaning that the town must match the $335,000 in order to purchase land to be used for a future park.

Talks commenced almost immediately about usage of the 20 plus acres at 9801 Brief Road. Many have asked for a recreational complex that would feature playing fields.

“This is the last step to finalize the process,” said Town Manager Brian Welch. “We will be having a discussion here shortly about planning.”  […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Development, Government, History|0 Comments

Road Paving Bid Awarded

Charles Kelleher Harris

Blythe Construction was awarded the bid to complete several annual resurfacing projects in Mint Hill.

“This will be strictly resurfacing,” said Town Manager Brian Welch.

Old Oak, Barnsdale, Cromarty, Carnegie, Pine Lake and Beaver Dam Lanes are on this year’s “to do” list, along with MiniMac and Mint Forest Drives, Terry Terrace, Gloman Court and Pine Hill Road.

“We opened the bids on September 30, but our Public Works  Director was talking to and meeting on-site with contractors a couple of weeks prior to that,” Welch explained.

According to Welch Blythe Construction was the low bidder offering just over $446,808 to complete all the slated streets.  […]

By |October 27th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Dog silhouettes deter geese at town hall

By Michele Dotson
First came the new Mint Hill Town Hall.

Then came the geese.

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. […]

By |April 25th, 2014|Around Town, Good deeds|0 Comments

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. […]

By |April 24th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

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 […]

By |April 24th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Mint Hill Madness seeks sponsors, vendors, volunteers

By Michele Dotson

This 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. […]

By |February 13th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Mint Hill Madness|4 Comments