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.


Cease work order to be challenged at January 27 meeting

By Michele Dotson, Staff Writer

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.24.05 AMThe Ardley subdivision on Truelight Church Road has been in limbo for several years. The most recent work done in the area was completed by the town of Mint Hill last summer.
“The road work was completed by the town because the developer wouldn’t complete the project according to the road improvement plans that had been approved years earlier,” says Mint Hill Town Commissioner Lloyd Austin. “The goal was to make that road safer and improve visibility and that’s what was approved.”
Austin said that the town, in lieu of halting the construction and waiting to go to court, which would have meant many months of road closure on Truelight Church Road, exercised its legal right to complete the job and bill the developer.
“The job cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $85,000, but the developer refused to pay,” says Austin.
That’s when the planning board placed a stop work order on the subdivision and work on the 45 home conservation subdivision halted. The stop work order also prevents the developer from selling the land to another developer until the town is repaid.
At the meeting on January 27, the developer’s attorney plans to address the Board of Adjustments to see if they will overturn the decision.
Tax records show the land is owned by Reverdy Development which is run by Charlotte-based William Waters Construction & Realty.
Wes Waters was reached by phone but made no comment regarding the upcoming meeting except to say that his attorney is handling the situation.
“I’m not knowledgeable enough to answer any questions about the issue,” said Waters. “My attorney is handling the project.”
The zoning appeal is scheduled for 7:30 pm on January 27 at Town Hall. The public meeting will take place in the John M. McEwen Assembly Room.


Large crowd comes to hear candidates

Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 9.41.47 AMMint Hill Town Hall was packed on Monday, October 14 and visitors overflowed into the lobby where more chairs were set up so everyone could hear and see the candidates run- ning for local office.

The meeting, sponsored by the Mint Hill Women’s Club, gave the public a close and personal look at the candidates for Mint Hill town commissioner as well as District 6 school board.

Each candidate was given two minutes to introduce him or herself, and then the moderator, Bettie Ann Haynes from the Charlotte Mecklenburg League of Women Voters, asked questions from the audience. Continue reading


Election time draws near

Election day will soon be here, and there a few things to remember before heading out to the polls on November 5.
First, the deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the day of the election, so be sure that you are registered by October 11 if you plan to vote on November 5.╩
Voter registration forms are located on line and at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections and should be received by the county board of elections office or postmarked by the deadline in order to be accepted as valid applications for the upcoming election.
Also, agency and DMV voter registration transactions that are completed by the deadline are accepted as valid for the upcoming election. Applicants will be notified by the county board of elections of their precinct and polling place assignments, or you can use the on line application to locate our polling place by searching your address. Continue reading