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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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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Town boards ready for new year

The boards of commissioners from several local towns met with the Mecklenburg delegation of the North Carolina Legislators Thursday, January 3, in a called meeting to discuss legislative matters.

Town boards from Mint Hill, Cornelius, Matthews, Davidson, Pineville, and Huntersville met with members of the state legislature, including representative Bill Brawley, and senator Jeff Tarte, in a dinner meeting at Savour in Matthews.

“Try to sit with people you really don’t know too well, and encourage some conversation,” said Jim Taylor, mayor of Matthews. “I’m really pleased that everybody was able to come down here this evening, we have a good crowd—great crowd as a matter of fact.”

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Old and new Town Hall building plans

The Board of Commissioners met June 21 for a mini-retreat to discuss various issues regarding the plans for the new and current Town Hall buildings.

The current building will be renovated for the future police department.  Construction will be minimal.  Most walls will be kept as they are to keep costs low.  Chief of Police Tim Ledford is reported to have approved the plans.  The biggest renovations include enclosing the area between the John M. McEwen Assembly Room and the rest of the building, possibly adding a facade to the face of the building, and adding public parking at the front of the building, as the back will become enclosed.

The board considered furniture and procedures for acquiring and displaying artwork in the new Town Hall.  Cushioned, armed chairs are being considered for the new assembly room.  Commissioners expressed a desire for historical images of Mint Hill to be displayed throughout the building, as well as local art.  They considered creating an art committee to work with arts organizations and professional decorators for display guidelines.

Other topics discussed included the future of cultural events that historically took place at the Town Hall, including Movies on the Lawn, June Tunes, Mint Hill Madness, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.  They also discussed the cost effectiveness of moving the tree and the possibility of cutting it down.

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Library plan presented to Mint Hill Board

Carol Hull presented the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Citizens Committee report to the Board of Commissioners last Thursday.  She is a member of the committee, a team of citizens with professional experience in real estate, process improvements, information technology, and Mecklenburg County government.
The goal of this committee was “to review the functions and utilization of the main library, consider the feasibility of consolidating, downsizing, or relocating the functions of the main library” to another site.  The committee met monthly from November 2011 to February 2012 to investigate library functions and ways to save money. Continue reading

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