Mint Hill budget public hearing June 13
Mint Hill residents will get to have their say on the proposed 2013-14 fiscal year town budget during a public hearing Thursday,
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. Copies of the proposed $11,824,006 budget are available for review at town hall. The proposal calls for no change in the town’s tax rate or vehicle fees and includes 2.5 percent merit raises for town employees, $100,000 for new sidewalk construction and $30,000 for two new K-9 dogs and training for new handlers.
In neighboring Matthews, Town Manager Hazen Blodgett is recommending a 2-cent tax increase for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which would raise the tax rate from 30.25 cents to 32.25 cents per $100 of taxable property. He’s also proposing doubling the town’s vehicle tag fee from $15 a year to $30 a
Town commissioners want
Blodgett to rework the budget to reduce the proposed increases and are expected to review his suggestions during their 7 p.m. Monday, June 10 meeting.
Estate sale raises $10K for historical society
An Ellington Farm estate sale last week in Mint Hill raised more than $10,000 for the Mint Hill Historical Society, Becky Griffin, executive director for the nonprofit,
Proceeds from the three-day event will be used to construct a building to house three of the society’s latest donations: a 1917 Chevrolet and two historic buggies.
For more information about the society, visit www.minthillhistory.com or call 704-573-0726.
Volunteer emergency team hosts training class
The Matthews Fire & EMS Department will host a nine-week training course for area residents who want to join Matthews’ volunteer Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT.
Part of the U.S. Citizen Corps program and tied to the Department of Homeland Security, CERT volunteers are trained in disaster preparedness and basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. They also learn CPR and basic first aid. CERT members are equipped to provide back-up support to Matthews first responders at community events and emergency incidents and disasters. Volunteers participate in the Adopt-A-Street program, re-paint fire hydrants and help officials patrol during Matthews Beach fest and the Matthews Alive! Festival.
The training, taught by Mecklenburg Disaster Preparedness Department will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays from June 13 to Aug. 15 at the station, 236 S. Trade
For more information or to volunteer, call organizer Bunker Hill at 704-972-5438, 704-302-6354 or e-mail email@example.com.
New bus route links Matthews and Pineville
Area shoppers now have another way to use public transportation.
Charlotte Area Transportation Services, or CATS, launched Route 51 Monday, June 3, which runs along N.C. 51 from Sycamore Commons in Matthews to Carolina Place Mall in Pineville. The route includes stops at Carmel Commons and Arboretum shopping centers in South Charlotte, the Independence Pointe Park and Ride at 9614 Independence Pointe Pkwy. and the Windsor Square shopping center in Matthews. Other stops include near Elizabeth Lane Elementary, Providence High School and Plantation Estates.
The new route is among several changes CATS began June 3, coincides with the end of the Matthews-Mint Hill shuttle cancelled because of low
For more information on changes to routes or schedule times go to www.ridetransit.org.
Senior center bazaar nets $4K
The nonprofit Levine Senior Center’s spring bazaar last month raised $4,200, according to the group’s newsletter.
The annual event included arts and a crafts, a book sale, a bake sale, raffles and more.
For more information about the center, visit www.levineseniorcenter.org or call 704-846-4654.