New sidewalks from the Wendy’s in Brighton Park to the corner of Idlewild Road and Highway 51 are nearing completion in Mint Hill. This is part of the pedestrian plan approved by the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners in May, 2011, aimed at providing safe walking paths connecting uptown businesses. According to the plan, residents […]
By Michele Dotson: Staff Writer
Members from the Charlotte Amateur Radio Club set up their equipment every other Saturday in the Assay office at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village in Mint Hill. Their priorities are to provide information to the public about the history of ham radio, and to help those interested learn how to begin […]
by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer
The April 11 Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting began with a quarterly developers’ workshop, regarding sign ordinance in the town.
Stephen Jackson presented a proposed text amendment to town code, one that would allow for lit signs, and allow them to change messages, something that is prohibited by current code.
The existing ordinance regarding lighted signs states that the signs shall employ only devices emitting light of constant intensity and that no sign shal be illuminated by flashing, intermittent, rotating, or moving light.
Jackson proposed changing the ordinance so that the police and fire departments, as well as local businesses, could convey messages to the community, and could change those messages if need be.
He did not advocate for signs to be able to flash, rotate, or move, but used as an example the Town of Matthews’ ordinance, which states that signs may change only once every 12 hours.
The Mint Hill Library is hosting their Paws to Read program August 11 and 25. The program invites children ages three to 11 to read aloud to a volunteer therapy dog. Register at the library or online, or contact Jackie Hooker at 704-416-5200 for more information.
The Sunday Afternoon in the Park Committee is soliciting artists and musicians to display, perform, demonstrate and sell their products at Sunday Afternoon in the Park, Sunday, August 26. The event will be held at the Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road from 1-6 pm. There is a $5 fee to participate; artists need […]
Residents of Ashe Plantation are happy to hear that after years of communication with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Town of Mint Hill their roads will finally be repaired. The town and state will repair the parts of the neighborhood, located off Hwy. 218, and when the work is completed, the town will maintain the roads. This does not mark the end of Ashe Plantation’s utility problems, though.
Ashe Plantation’s homeowner association president, Sharon Decker, says residents are being overcharged and disregarded by their water company, Aqua North Carolina. Her neighborhood isn’t alone. Aqua services a number of communities in Mecklenburg County, including Farmwood East, Glencroft, Oxford Glen, Rocky Ridge, Belle Meade, Timberlands, and Wyndham.
Decker met with Stan Coleman from Park South Station in Charlotte about the issue. As an Aqua customer, Coleman has been working toward finding a solution to the problems he has with the company. He filed a formal complaint two years ago.
Coleman directed answers about Aqua’s ethical practices to Clean Water for North Carolina, a non-profit organization whose mission is “to promote clean, safe water and environments and empowered, just communities for all North Carolinians through community organizing, education, advocacy and technical assistance.”
The organization published a 2011 report called “Privatizing North Carolina’s Water, Undermining Justice.” The report acknowledges the Park Foundation and the Duke University Stanback Internship Program for supporting the research, investigations, and preparation of the report. […]