July Mint Hill Chamber Of Commerce Luncheon

Featured Speaker Fire Chief, David Leath.
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MINT HILL, NC – On Tuesday, July 20, the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce held another monthly Member Luncheon at the Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.

The Mint Hill Chamber Executive Director Paige McKinney welcomed all the participating members attending the event that began at high noon. Kim Rhodarmer from Servant’s Heart led the invocation, and Director Phil Angelo from Leisure Travel Experts led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Denise from Chick-Fil-A doing what she does best: Customer Service.
Denise from Chick-fil-A Albemarle Rd doing what she does best: Customer Service.

The lunch was provided by Chick-fil-A, and raffle ticket gifts were handed out to the winners for some goodies provided by various members. The  scheduled speakers of the day were Fire Chief David Leath, and Police Chief Joseph Hatley. Unfortunately, Chief Hatley was unable to attend due to another matter requiring his personal attention. However, Fire Chief Leath made an informative presentation about the current status of the fire department and future plans for expansion.

Tony Long speaking to the members about Town of Mint Hill business.
Tony Long, Town Commissioner, speaking to the members about Town of Mint Hill business.

Due to the anticipated growth of Mint Hill, the department is planning on having three fire stations. The Chief expects to have Fire Station #2 operational on Lebanon Road in 2023 or 2024. This is the station currently operated by Idlewild Volunteer Fire Department. There will be some expected enhancements and upgrades made to the current facility; however, the key factor remains strategic. The new station will expand coverage in the fire district, giving Mint Hill more flexibility and continuous improvement in response time with more assets available. Fire Station #3, which will be located on the corner of Arlington Church Road and Old Cabarrus Road, is expected to become a reality sometime between 2027-2030. This is all part of a 10-year strategic plan.

There will be a need to hire more firefighters, and to obtain more expensive fire apparatus and equipment and a new hook-and-ladder fire truck. Concerning EMS services, Medic Ambulance service serves all of Mecklenburg County, which now covers Mint Hill.

Two new members: James Roundtree, Handyman Solutions; Dave Reed, Origin Rehab.
Two new members: James Rountree, Handyman Solutions; Dave Reed, Origin Rehabilitation.

It was announced by Paige McKinney that next month’s membership luncheon meeting will focus on non-profits, who will have an opportunity to set up display tables and will be able to address the members as featured speakers to inform business leaders of their important mission in the community.

The next major upcoming event will be the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Classic being held at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation on Thursday, September 9. It is hosted by the MHCC, and a primary sponsor is Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center.  The event is expected to attract many area businesses and leaders to enjoy a day on the greens. For more information, please contact the Chamber at (704) 573-8282.

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