Mayor announces his “takeaways” from recent retreat

Mayor Simmons, Board of Commissioners and Town Administrators. (Ed Berti)
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Rebecca J. Herbert, from Mecklenburg County, addressing the Town of Mint Hill officials. (Ed Berti)
Resident David Hill making his case at Town Hall. (Ed Berti)

The Mint Hill Mayor Brad Simmons during this month’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners announced his takeaways from the recent annual retreat by town officials which was held in Hickory, North Carolina.

The meeting held on Thursday, February 13th had a relatively limited agenda compared with the previous meeting held in January. The highlight of the meeting came when the Mayor announced publicly what was accomplished and the areas this group of elected officials and administrators will place their concentration during 2020.

The key points stated by the Mayor include the following:

  1. The Town Staff is excellent they are talented and dedicated to Mint Hill.
  2. A referendum on the Election of Board of Commissioners to be added to the November ballot to provide more continuity from board to board, there is a learning curve for new board members, so staggering their replacement would offer more stability while always having knowledgeable and experienced members serving on the board.
  3. The team is developing a Request For Proposal (RFP) to cover a 10-Year Plan for the Town of Mint Hill.
  4. A steering committee will be created for planning the town’s future direction and development made up of 20 or more citizens serving on the committee.
  5. The town would like to “Live Stream the Town Hall Meetings” if it’s economically feasible. Town administrators are doing their due diligence by researching costs and any legal issues that could arise.
  6. Change development meetings with developers to be held monthly instead of quarterly.
  7. The elected officials and town management want residents to have more input on how the town will handle growth and development going forward.

Other matters of interest were addressed by a concerned citizen David Hill regarding speeding on Kuck Road off of Wilson Grove Road and Versage Road. Mr. Hill made a request for the mayor and Board of Commissioners to lower the speed limit from 35 to 25 MPH.

Mecklenburg County conducted a research project titled “Livable Meck” to get a better understanding of what are the issues of importance to the residents living in the county and how we should move forward.

The project was a joint initiative between Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, the Towns of Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Pineville including more than 100 private and non-profit sector partners. Rebecca J. Herbert, Community Engagement and Strategy Manager from Mecklenburg County made the presentation at the Town Hall.

The results were optimistic and positive moving into the future. The participants want more infrastructure, housing, schools, parks, and recreation. Overall, the bottom line is residents want to live in a healthy, accessible, affordable, and safe community. They want to live in a community that provides opportunities for businesses, jobs, recreation, entertainment, and good education.

For more detailed information about the research project, citizens can go online to Also, there will be a meeting to review the budget process on Saturday, February 22nd, between 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at the Albemarle Road Recreation Center 502 Idlewild Road North, Mint Hill, NC 28227.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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