Mint Hill Police to move dispatch service to Pineville

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Mint Hill Police Department, beginning July 1, 2013, MHPD will contract with Pineville Police Department for dispatch services. The service will include any calls for police from the the general public, residential and business. All 911 calls will be answered by Pineville Police Department, and 911 calls for Fire and/or Medic will be forwarded to […]

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MHPD renovation on track

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Renovations are underway, and soon the Mint Hill Police Department will move across the street into their new station in the old town hall.

Work began in March at the old town hall, 7151 Matthews Mint Hill Road, by Charlotte-based general contractors Edifice Inc., who is handling the renovation.

Mint Hill has worked with Edifice before, as they led the project to build the new town hall.

At the March 14 Board of Commissioners meeting, the board adopted the capital projects ordinance for the police department renovation, which appropriated funds for the project totaling $2,043,036.

The ordinance sets aside the most, $1,758,036, for general construction, with smaller amounts for contingencies, design, furnishings, and moving costs.

“No. Hopefully less,” said Town Manager Brian Welch, when asked if he thought the town would spend more than the allotted monies. “That ($2,043,036) contains some contingencies and some estimates for furniture and the like, so I fully anticipate to bring it in a little under that.”

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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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MHPD blood drive

The Mint Hill Police Department is holding a community blood drive Tuesday, June 26 from 2-5 pm in partnership with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.  The “Community Bloodmobile” will be at the police department on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.  For every donation, CBCC will make a contribution to support military members and their families.  For more information contact Faye Fink at ffink@police.minthill.com.

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