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Mint Hill tables vote on four town alliance

By Charles Kelleher Harris 

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners voted to pass on adopting bylaws, articles of incorporation and selecting town members for a Four-Town Economic Development Alliance.

“I have concerns over some of these bylaws,” said Mayor Ted H. Biggers, “I recommend we send these back with our recommendations.”

Almost two year ago, the town of Mint Hill met with town officials in Matthews, Indian Trail and Stallings to discuss the advantages of forming a joint economic development initiative.

For the next year a representative from each town and each town manager met to explore the benefits and potential disadvantages of a partnership.

Two key issues were identified; regionalized marketing and branding and the development of a joint business park or buildings.

In December of 2013 a draft plan was created. That plan was presented to the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners earlier this month and was met with mixed feelings.

Biggers said that he had particular concerns about the voting process and said that clarification was necessary. Town Commissioner Tina Ross also had areas of concern.

“I’m confused about the difference between membership and the board of directors,” Ross said. Ross then made a motion to withhold an approval vote which passed unanimously.

In other matters

• Heidi Pruess was present to highlight progress of the Mecklenburg County Livable Communities Plan initiative. Pruess invited the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners to become involved and insert “their voice” into the plan. The Livable Communities Plan involves investigating and implementing programs to help with quality of life, green spaces and managing growing communities

Several local Boy Scouts were on hand to record the meeting as part of their communication requirements. Mayor Bigger brought the boys forward and each introduced themselves.

• Commissioners heard a report on the recent Mint Hill Madness event. The event which raises money was attended by thousands this year and the three day festivities flowed smoothly thanks to local fire and police involvement.

• Commissioner Ross reported that she had recently attended the volunteer fire department dinner and offered praise for all members.

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By |July 24th, 2014|Around Town, Development, Mint Hill Madness, Town Hall|1 Comment

Mint Hill Lions Club holds annual 5K, proceeds aid humanitarian projects

By Michele Dotson

The annual Mint Hill Lions Club 5K was held Saturday before the start of the Mint Hill Madness parade.
Long associated with Mint Hill Madness, the competitive run returned this year on a new schedule to coincide with the festival which had traditionally been held in the fall.
More than 250 runners participated. 
Mike Mitchell of Mint Hill placed first overall in the men’s division with a time of 16:31.
Jessica Alley from New Castle came in first overall in the women’s division with a time of 18:51.
Community support was visible with many area residents, teachers, local students, and public servants participating. […]

By |May 29th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Mint Hill Madness|0 Comments

Mint Hill Madness snapshots

 
Photos by Liz Kearley, Leah Schmalz and Michele Dotson

By |May 27th, 2014|Around Town, Mint Hill Madness|0 Comments

Civil War replica flag to be featured in Mint Hill Madness parade

By Leah Schmalz

 

Those attending the Mint Hill Madness parade at 10 am Saturday will glimpse a piece of history. The 13th NC Company B, a Civil War reenactment group, will carry a replica of the first flag captured by General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

The second national flag of the 13th NC was […]

By |May 22nd, 2014|Around Town, History, Mint Hill Madness|0 Comments

Mint Hill Madness makes wish come true for this year’s grand marshal

By Michele Dotson
This year’s grand marshal is six and a half years old.

He wants, above all things, to be a fireman.

And he wants to meet a princess.

The Town of Mint Hill and The Make A Wish Foundation have found a way to make that happen.

On Saturday, May 24, Tim Brakman (who answers equally to Timmy) will ride on a fire truck, dressed in his fireman’s uniform, accompanied by his three year old sister, Kate, who, in honor of the occasion, has been named Miss Mint Hill Madness.

Before the parade, Tim will attend a reception in his honor at the Mint Hill Fire Department where he’ll meet the Mint Hill Beauty Queens and Ms. Mecklenburg, and tour the fire station.

Sister Kate will be decked out in her princess finery, which she has already taken quite a shine to.

“We got Kate’s dress the other day, and I wanted her to try it on,” says Brakman. “She wore it all afternoon and thought it was the best thing.”

Both Tim and Kate are excited by this new adventure. […]

By |May 10th, 2014|Around Town, Mint Hill Madness|1 Comment

Mint Hill Madness vendor applications ready Space available for arts and craft, businesses and nonprofits

By Michele Dotson

Mint Hill Madness is fast approaching and individuals, businesses, and nonprofits who would like to participate are invited to apply for booth space for the Memorial Day weekend outdoor festival.

This year’s festival will take place at Veterans Memorial Park on Hwy. 218.

Mint Hill Madness will run Friday, May 23 from 4-10 pm; Saturday, May 24 from 10 am-10 pm; and Sunday 12-5 pm.

Arts and craft vendor booths will close at dark due to limited lighting. […]

By |March 13th, 2014|Around Town, Arts|2 Comments