Mint Hill board holds budget workshop

Mint Hill commissioners and staff meet to discuss the 2013-2014 town budget. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Mint Hill commissioners and staff meet to discuss the 2013-2014 town budget. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

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.

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Mint Hill commissioners discuss resolution, demolition ordinance, graffiti

 

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.

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Board makes big Madness change official

Dalton Taylor updates the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners on the status of Mint Hill Madness. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Dalton Taylor updates the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners on the status of Mint Hill Madness. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

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.

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Effort to save Bain Auditorium continues

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.

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News Notes and Happenings

Homeowner Assistance
Bank of America is hosting a homeowner assistance event at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 South College Street, from Tuesday January 29 to Thursday January 31, 8 am to 8 pm. Help with loan modification and short sales will be offered. Attendees must preregister at homeloanhelp.bankofamerica.com.

Police officers needed
The Town of Mint Hill is seeking qualified applicants for two police officer positions. Applicants must have an N.C. driver’s license, high school diploma or GED, and N.C. Basic Law Enforcement Training certification. Applicants must complete a pre-employment physical, drug screening, and psychological test. Applications may be obtained from Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.╩

Valentine’s Date Night fundraiser
The Blair Road United Methodist Church Preschool and After-School are raising funds to provide a more secure enviornment for students and staff by hosting a Valentine’s Date Night. All childcare providers for date night have passed a criminal background check and are certified in CPR and First Aid. The date night will be February 9 from 5-8 pm. Children from birth to 5th grade may attend. One child is $20, two children are $30, and three children are $35 for all three hours. Children must be preregistered and must prepay by February 4th. All funds will support SOS (securing our school).

Polar Plunge and 5K
Queen’s Grant High School will be holding the 4th annual Polar Plunge and 5K February 23 to benefit the Special Olympics. “Freezin’ for a Reason” will begin with the 5K, with registration at 8:30 am, starting at 7319 Canterway Drive. A minimum donation of $25 is required to participate in the run. The Polar Plunge will take place at 11 am at Pine Lake Country Club on Lebanon Road.

Community Forum
The Town of Mint Hill is holding a community forum on the future of the Mint Hill Library. The forum will be at the library, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, February 7, from 3-5 pm. RSVP to 704-416-5200. For citizens who can’t make that time, other forum times and locations are: January 31, 6-8 pm, Beatties Ford Road Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte; February 5, 6-8 pm, North County Reg. Library, 16500 Holy Crest Lane, Huntersville; February 6, 5-7 pm, Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte.╩

Baseball fundraiser
The Independence baseball team is selling brick pavers that will fill the walkway surrounding the baseball facility, engraved with your or a loved one’s name. To customize and order a paver, visit http://independencebaseball.thatsmybrick.com

Caregiver seminar
A seven-session seminar series is being held at Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, 13001 Idlewild Road, Matthews. The seminar, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” will be Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30, through February 28, 2013. It is jointly conducted with Mario Romeo of Connect 2 Care Inc. and the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services. To register and for more information, call Mario Romeo at 704-258-1299.

Footloose the Musical
Independence High School’s Theater Department is presenting “Footloose the Musical” February 7-10. Performances are at 7 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30. Tickets are $7 and available at the door.

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Mint Hill Board of Commissioners hears plans on development

Before the normal Mint Hill Board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, January 10, the town held their quarterly developer’s workshop, hearing presentations from several area land developers.

The board heard from Jerry Helms regarding Blair Road Development, Chris Isaacs regarding Mint Hill Commons development, and Brian Jackson regarding modifications to the Summerwood Community’s architecture requirements. 

Helms presented preliminary plans for an area of land owned by a number of residents, and potential uses for the land include a retirement community and a retail shopping space.
“I’m afraid if we develop Lawyer’s Road, we develop 218, we develop Blair Road, it’s going to turn Mint Hill and the outer belt into a nightmare,” said Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers, speaking of the potential development for a retail shopping complex along 485 in Mint Hill. “So at this point, I’m not encouraging this project. I think there are components of it that may be viable down the road, but this project is one big project that  I’m just not encouraged by.”
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