Officer of the year named at first Mint Hill commissioners meeting of 2014

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Police Chief Tim Ledford congratulates the Police Officer of the Year, praising his professionalism and initiative.

Police Chief Tim Ledford congratulates the Police Officer of the Year, praising his professionalism and initiative.

Cpl. Billy Gilman was named Mint Hill Police Officer of the Year, for the second consecutive year, at the Thursday, January 9 commissioners meeting at Mint Hill Town Hall. Chief Tim Ledford presented Gilman with a pin and certificate at the brief ceremony.

Cpl. Gilman hails from Lowell, North Carolina and served two tours in Afghanistan.

“Cpl. Gilman was chosen for his professionalism, and initiative,” says Chief Ledford. “He relates well to the people in the community.” Continue reading

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Monthly citizens meetings prove helpful for Mint Hill police

By Michele Dotson   Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

About 10 Mint Hill residents assembled at the Mint Hill Bojangles’ located at 9075 Lawyers Road on December 3, 2013. Chief Ledford says that the weather and the proximity to Christmas had an effect on the December turnout.

Although the crowd was smaller, they still had lots to talk about.

“We had a great discussion,” says Ledford. “Mostly, citizens were curious about police presence in their neighborhoods.” Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police hosts Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a CopThe Mint Hill Police Department and community members will come together September 9 in an informal, neutral space to discuss community is-sues, build relationships, and drink coffee.All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7 am at Nova Bakery and Coffee, 3665 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill.Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mint Hill’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situa- tions are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. Continue reading

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Board discusses peddling, graffiti at May meeting

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners discussed graffiti and peddling at a short meeting May 23.

The issue of graffiti was first brought to the council a few weeks ago, after some property in town had been vandalized with spray paint. The Town is looking into ways to establish a town policy for cleaning up graffiti, and instructed town staff to procure estimates of clean-up cost.

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford speaks to the Board of Commissioners about graffiti abatement in Mint Hill at the May 23 Board of Commissioners meeting. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford speaks to the Board of Commissioners about graffiti abatement in Mint Hill at the May 23 Board of Commissioners meeting. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Town manager Brian Welch informed the board that the cost to the town for the clean up of 25 square feet of graffiti would cost $500, with labor, time, and equipment all accounted for within that cost.

Board members further discussed specifics of a potential ordinance, including the definition of graffiti, time allotted for property owners to clean up the graffiti themselves, and punishment for persons caught vandalizing property with graffiti.

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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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