New sidewalks from the Wendy’s in Brighton Park to the corner of Idlewild Road and Highway 51 are nearing completion in Mint Hill. This is part of the pedestrian plan approved by the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners in May, 2011, aimed at providing safe walking paths connecting uptown businesses. According to the plan, residents can expect to have access to sidewalks all the way down that side of Highway 51.
By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer
Mint Hill town staff and Mecklenburg County staff have come to an agreement to remedy the overpayment made by the County for the fire service district tax.
The solution would defray the approximately $176,000 overpayment made to the town from the county, due to a miscalculation in projected tax revenue from Mint Hill’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ, which the county estimated at $500,000, but which turned out to be only around $276,000.
The overpayment would be defrayed against a payment of $175,000 which was made to the county by the town a few years ago, to keep the Mint Hill branch library afloat.
Both Bobbie Shields, interim Mecklenburg County manager and Brian Welch, Mint Hill town manager, have been authorized to enter into the agreement to defray the payment by their respective boards.
The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners met with other town leaders to discuss and plan the 2013- 2014 budget at a workshop meeting Tuesday, April 23.
Budget requests were presented from Mint Hill Fire and EMS, public works and police department, and commissioners approved special requests from nonprofits in Mint Hill.
David Leath, Fire/EMS Director presented the Fire Department’s budget report to the commissioners. The budget will stay much the same as the 2012-2013 budget, requesting more money for uniforms, turnout gear and office supplies.
Leath requested $20,550 for new uniforms, a cost that breaks down to $925 per employee, as well as $12,500 for five complete sets of new turnout gear, and $2,000 for a new computer for the department.
Tim Garner, public works director, presented the budget request for the public works division, which included four items: a backhoe at $93,500, two mower decks at $12,800, lettering and decals for trucks at $2,964.00, and repair costs for the town’s street sweeper, at $58,659.
by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer
Rescinding a demolition ordinance, accepting a resolution, and graffiti took center stage at the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners March 28 meeting.
The agenda was short, and the meeting went quickly, as Mayor Ted Biggers was absent, mayor pro tem Lloyd Austin officiated the meeting.
After approving minutes of the March 14, 2013 regular meeting and accepting the treasurer’s report, commissioner Tina Ross opened discussion about the Democratic Government Resolution, saying that in the future, Mint Hill would be better served to be involved in the processes of this type of declaration sooner. The resolution was adopted.
The resolution states the primary functions of state and local governments in terms of services provided to citizens, the state’s being mainly to fund roadways and education, while municipalities responsibilities include mainly police, fire, water, and sewer management.
The future of Mint Hill Madness took center stage again at the Mint Hill Town Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, March 14. It is official, there will be no Mint Hill Madness in 2013.
Dalton Taylor, a member of the organization formed to head Mint Hill Madness after the Chamber of Commerce gave up management of the annual festival, presented the latest updates on Madness, and asked the Board to approve a landmark date change.
The Board voted to approve the date change, from the regular date in September, to Memorial Day 2014.
Time was the driving factor to move Madness from September 2013 to May 26, 2014. The change in leadership took up critical money-raising and planning time, and to keep the September date, the town would have had to cover the cost itself.
“I realize this year, we are behind the power curve so to speak, in getting things done in a timely fashion to make the festival a success this fall. I wish it was different,” said Mayor Ted Biggers.
by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer
The Bain auditorium is still slated for demolition, but Mint Hill residents are working to get it removed from the list.
A meeting was held February 19, which saw 70 to 80 people, and a bank account was set up for donations at American Community Bank.
The auditorium has been declared of historical significance, and very early estimates of the cost to refurbish the property are at around $1.5 million.
The Mint Hill Historical Society has commissioned a committee to save Bain auditorium, led by town commissioner Tina Ross.
Ross has spoken to Guy Chamberlain, associate superintendent for auxiliary services at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, as well as the John LeGrande, principal at Bain Elementary, and says the results are positive.