Mint Hill tables vote on four town alliance

By Charles Kelleher Harris 

Four local Boy Scouts sat in for the July 17 meeting as part of their communications project. From left: John McGarty and David McGarty with Troop 94, and Gregory Reeder and Austin Reeder with Troop 198. PHOTO BY BY CHARLES KELLEHER HARRIS

Four local Boy Scouts sat in for the July 17 meeting as part of their communications project. From left: John McGarty and David McGarty with Troop 94, and Gregory Reeder and Austin Reeder with Troop 198. PHOTO BY 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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Commissioners review building materials ordinance at called meeting

By Michele Dotson

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners held a public meeting on March 19 to discuss options to the ordinances governing the use of building materials for single family dwellings.

“I’m concerned about the mixture of homes,” says Mayor Ted Biggers. “We want to make sure that we’re creating an ordinance that will have the same quality, and provide builders with some flexibility to make the houses more attractive.”

The board discussed three separate options for the ordinance. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Park on Fairview could receive new name

By Michele Dotson; Staff Writer  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 2.53.20 PM At the September 26 Board of Commissioners meeting, a recommendation was made to rename the Mint Hill Park on Fairview.
Mayor Ted Biggers said that it has been recommended that the park be renamed in order to pay tribute to area veterans.
“It could be something like Mint Hill Veteran’s Park,” he said. “We don’t have to vote on an actual name tonight. We should involve the Parks and Recreation Committee and see if they could come up with a list of possible names.”
Commissioner Mickey Ellington agreed, saying there should be time to put some thought into it.
“The veterans deserve everything we can do for them,” he says.
Commissioner Brenda McRae said it was most appropriate to honor our veterans in this way, and it was unanimously approved to move forward with the idea.
In addition to the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial that is located at the park, plans for the Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas are still moving forward.
“Discretionary income is not as available as it was four or five years ago,” says Bill Dixon, president of the museum, “but we are still working very hard to make it happen.”
Dixons says that organizers are meeting next week to revamp the campaign. The last fund raising event was in January, 2013 when the United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble concert drew a crowd of over 400.
Town Manager Brian Welch said if a decision could be reached at the next Board of Commissioners Meeting, there would probably be enough time to order and have a new park sign installed by the date of the Korean War Memorial dedication on November 9. Continue reading
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State of the town: a Q & A update with Mayor Ted Biggers

Ted Biggers has served as Mint Hill mayor for 14 years. He is an airline pilot with U.S. Airways and has been with the airline since 1980, when he finished seven and a half years of service in the U.S. Air Force. He answered a few questions for us about ongoing town business for a quick update on Mint Hill.

Q: The 2014 Mint Hill budget just passed. What do you think of it?

A: I was really happy that we didn’t have to go up on taxes. As you probably have noticed, a lot of the surrounding government entities have had to raise taxes, and I think it’s always an accomplishment-an admirable accomplishment-when a board can present a balanced budget and keep from raising taxes.

Q: Mecklenburg County has been making your job a little more interesting with revaluation and the fire tax overpayment. What’s the town doing with those issues and how is it affecting the town’s day-to-day operations?

A: It really hasn’t had a major effect on our day-to-day operations, because our budgeting has been so conservative and our town manager has done such a good job with the budget, it really hasn’t adversely affected us other than having to work with the two fire departments, Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Idlewild Fire Department, to make sure that they’re properly funded and that it didn’t hurt their operations. I believe through Brian’s (Welch) efforts, and working with their fire chiefs and boards, that we have been able to achieve that, and that’s been the only problem. The revaluation, we’re going to lose some revenue because of that, but we’re also gaining some revenue in other areas because it looks like the building industry is slowly coming back also. We’ve actually got a good number of new homes going up in Mint Hill and hopefully within the next 12 to 24 months, we’ll see some action out of the mall site.

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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 hears from Tarte, Brawley at Town Hall

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

State Rep. Bill Brawley and Sen. Jeff Tarte answered questions from residents about state matters. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

State Rep. Bill Brawley and Sen. Jeff Tarte answered questions from residents about state matters. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

State representatives Bill Brawley, House District 103, and Jeff Tarte, Senate District 41,  stopped by the Mint Hill Town Hall Saturday, April 13, to field questions from residents and give insight into pressing state matters.

Less than 20 people attended the meeting, but among them were Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers and town commissioners Lloyd Austin and Mickey Ellington.

The meeting began with discussion on the proposed formation of an airport authority fot the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Brawley is the primary sponsor of House Bill 104, which is creating the airport authority, and cited that the Charlotte airport is sixth in the nation for number of flights, and twenty-seventh by number of passengers.

“We hit way above our weight class, as far as number of flights,” Brawley said. “Part of the reason is because of the low cost to operate out of Charlotte Douglas, and that has been because of the way the airport has been managed for a number of years.”

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