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Mint Hill Commissioners consider town noise ordinance revisions

By Leah Schmalz

Police Chief Tim Ledford presented a revised noise ordinance at the town council meeting last Thursday. The ordinance mirrors the one used by the town of Matthews. It would set the residential decibel limit for amplified sound in the evening to 55 decibels as measured at the property line. For commercial properties the level would be 60 dB.

“What we looked at is a quantitative number that we could use for the maximum level,” Ledford said. The staff tested these noise levels at residential and commercial properties. “You’re protecting the integrity of your next door neighbor but the person creating the sound can certainly have the volume where any person could reasonably enjoy it,” he said.  […]

Memorial honors USAF Capt. Glenn Cook

By Andrew Stark

It had been 45 years since Capt. Glenn Richard Cook died serving his country while in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. His 0-2 Skymaster had gone down in the thick jungles of the Nihn Thuan Province in the Republic of Vietnam and despite mass searches, neither his plane nor his body were ever recovered.
When Cook’s sister, Jan Cook Bradley, and a group of her brother’s old friends and classmates got together at a recent event, the talk quickly turned to Cook and the group realized he’d never received a proper burial.
That set the tone for a special memorial ceremony, which was held May 31 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
As the date approached and Jan began preparing for travel to Mint Hill from her Florida home, she wondered out loud how many people would attend a memorial service for a fallen military hero 45 years after his death.
But as the May 31 ceremony got underway, both sides of the Sunset Memorial drive were packed with more than 250 attendees who came to give thanks to a fallen hero. […]

By |June 5th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mint Hill holds retreat to review future goals

By Leah Schmalz

Mint Hill members of council and staff met Friday and Saturday to review priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. One of the highlights was a presentation from Robert Bush, president of the Arts and Science Council (ASC).

The ASC is changing its approach with a new cultural vision plan that includes goals like increasing programming for students from pre-k through 12th grade, restoring in- and out-of-school field trips at no cost and bringing the arts to areas that are underserved, including Mint Hill. “We want to expand deeper into the county to make sure everyone has access across the community,” Bush said.

The plan requests an increase in the monetary contribution from local communities. By 2020, ASC hopes to secure $1.30 per capita from each supporting community, which amounts to about $42,000 for Mint Hill. The increase would be gradual, starting with a jump from the current contribution of $10,000 to $16,000 for next fiscal year. Over the next 10 years, ASC plans to develop a source of revenue from the public sector that would replace and expand upon contributions from the towns, city and county.
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By |March 15th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|1 Comment

Mint Hill commissioners retreat to shape town’s future, explore recent growth

By Andrew Stark

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners will hold its annual retreat on March 6-8 at The Hut in Pineville, giving commissioners and the board a chance to casually discuss new issues and get caught up on where the town stands on several key recent developments

“Mainly this gives the commissioners a chance to bring up in a more relaxed environment any of their concerns or anything they want to discuss about the town, the town issues, policies, procedures or anything else they want to talk about,” Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers said.

“The commissioners have been given an opportunity to pre-submit their subjects to the staff, and the staff is compiling the subjects. The board will prioritize the subjects and we will get to as many of them as we can.” […]

By |February 6th, 2015|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|1 Comment