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Four challengers for incumbent commissioners in Mint Hill

By Leah Schmalz

All four of Mint Hill’s commissioners are up for reelection, and four incumbents have registered to challenge them. The Times contacted each candidate and asked one question: Why do you want to serve as a commissioner? Below are their responses.


“It’s the first step toward ruling the world.”­—Harry Marsh

“I would like to serve because I desire to preserve Mint Hill as a great place to raise a family. I will work to provide clean, safe and reliable water and sewer service for all residents. I want to help manage the inevitable growth and traffic. I will be a voice for all regardless of party affiliation. I would like to see a place to have cultural events, Bain School or a similar place. I really would appreciate your vote.”—Alan McKenzie […]

Mint Hill Commissioner Austin Regrets and Refutes Claims from Police Report

By Charles Kelleher Harris

By now most of Mint Hill has heard about the November 1 incident where police officers were dispatched to the home of Commissioner Lloyd D. Austin in response to a noise complaint. However few have heard Austin’s side of the story.

Last Thursday after a Board of Commissioners closed session, Austin made a public apology for the events specified in the police report.

According to the report Officer Jacob T. Smith was dispatched to Austin’s home at 10306 Edward’s Place, after the department received a noise complaint.

When Smith arrived at Austin’s home, just after midnight there was a party going on and Smith heard music from behind the house that was “extremely loud.”

“We were having a celebration of life and a Halloween party combined,” Austin stated in an interview last Friday. Austin explained that he had recently had a scan done that revealed he was still cancer free after a battle with the disease five years ago.  […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, Government, History|3 Comments

Mint Hill Board of Commissioners hold closed Session, Open Apology

By Charles Kelleher Harris

As soon as Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting was called to order, a motion was made for the board to go into close session in order to discuss “personnel” issues.

After about 45 minutes in a conference room outside the meeting room, the board returned.

Mayor Ted Biggers called the meeting back into open session and then immediately stated that Commissioner Lloyd Austin had a comment to make.

“Most of you know I’ve been in the news recently,” Austin said holding back tears. “I’d like to apologize to the police department. I’m very sorry that they had to come out that time of night.”

Austin is referencing a November 1 incident in which Mint Hill police were dispatched to his home at 10306 Edward’s Place for a noise complaint.  […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Government, History|1 Comment

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|2 Comments