Mint Hill, NC

Messages from the Mayor

Messages from the Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

I am proud of our fire department and the work they have been doing.  In 2020, our fire fighters responded to 3927 calls for service and spent 6137 hours in training.  In addition, our ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating went from a 5 to 2.  This rating puts our fire department in the top 2.5% in the state. We are on track to break ground on an additional fire station which will be located on Lebanon Road in the next 12-18 months. 

This past week you may have noticed a lot of activity in the areas of Rocky River High School and Butler High School. This was a FEMA training drill that will show the county’s capability to handle up to 25,000 people if evacuated from a ten-mile radius surrounding one of the two nuclear plants in our area.  The training also applies to other types of emergencies that would require evacuation and housing of citizens such as weather-related incidents.  The activity included scanning each person to determine if they have radiation on them, decontamination, and providing temporary housing.  This also includes scanning of any animals that are evacuated.  State and local emergency management officials work together year-round to coordinate emergency response plans in the unlikely event of radiation release from either of the plants located in the Mecklenburg County area. 

Before an emergency happens, you should sit down with your family and create a family emergency plan.  Chances are you and family members may not be in the same place when an emergency happens. It is possible cell phone service will not be available.  Those of us who remember the attacks of 9/11 will remember that phone service was down for days due to an overload on the system.  Set up an Family Emergency Plan and share it with those close to you.

I want to congratulate all the Mint Hill businesses that were named in the 2021 Matthews-Mint Hill Best of the Weekly.  As far as I am concerned, every business in our town is a winner.  In a year that has tested the strength of our town, our community has persevered.

Have a great week! 

 

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

We have several nonprofits who work hard to embody the best of Mint Hill. They provide a way for people to work together for the common good, transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action. They give shape to bold dreams, high ideals and noble causes.

Our nonprofits play a fundamental role in creating a thriving community. Consider the fact that you or a family member has likely been touched by one of our local organizations:

Our children are learning life skills like conflict resolution and teamwork through organizations such as the Mint Hill Athletic Association, Youth Football Club of Mint Hill, King Cobras or American Legion baseball or softball.

You may have attended a bike ride organized by Honor the Warriors to support local disabled veterans.

You may have had a child tag along on election day and were able to teach them about politics by participating in a GenerationNation (formerly Kids Voting) mock vote.

Your family may have enjoyed one of the several Town events such as Family Fun Nights, Mint Hill Madness, the Tina Ross Afternoon in the Park, or Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting sponsored by Mint Hill Events.

Your child may have attended college with the support of a scholarship provided by the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce or Mint Hill Women’s Club.

You may have purchased a piece of art by a Mint Hill artist.  Mint Hill Arts provides high quality, accessible and affordable visual arts programs.  Pottery 51 works to provide a face so the public can discover our area’s arts community.

You may have had visitors in town and attended a tour or presentation at the Mint Hill Historical Society to share the history of this place we all call home.

You may be enrolled in one of the several programs offered for older adults in our community focusing on health and wellness, support groups, social programs and more at the Levine Senior Center.

You may have been hit by hard times during COVID and needed assistance in paying a utility bill or volunteered for a community assistance program or at the community boutique through Servant’s Heart.

Our local nonprofit organizations play a vital role in building a healthy community by providing critical services that contribute to economic stability and mobility.  They also strengthen our community in other important ways.  Frequently, nonprofit leaders are the voice of the people they serve.

Giving Tuesday, which is celebrated in November is a global movement to call for the gift of time, donations, goods or vocal support in an effort to transform your local community. Why not make every Tuesday in Mint Hill, Giving Tuesday?

Have a great week!

 

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

 

Mint Hill Residents,

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Fourth of July.  It is hard to believe it is already July.  

We have a Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 8 at 7:00 pm at Mint Hill Town Hall.  The best way to understand what is going on in our town and to give informed, helpful feedback is to come out and be a part of it.  I encourage you to participate either in person or watch on our YouTube channel.  We will continue to welcome public comments online.  Comments must be submitted by 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting to be read into the public record at the meeting that evening.  If you would like to speak in person, check in with the Town Staff before the meeting and sign up to address the Board on a any Town related issues.

2021 is another important election year for Mint Hill as we will elect four Commissioners and the Mayor seat.  Candidate filing opened July 2 and runs through July 16 at noon.  I have been honored to serve as your mayor for the past two years and I am excited to announce my plans to run for re-election.  Although COVID presented some challenges for our town, we have begin our work on the Land Use plan and I feel strongly about seeing several other projects through in alignment with that vision, such as the land acquired on Lebanon Road.  For more information on this year’s election visit the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections website.

There are so many things we took for granted before 2020, like basic human interaction.  It has been a blessing to once again visit with people in person, shake hands, have a conversation and see facial expressions. This Saturday, the Town will host our July Family Fun Night at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park.  Shelley Ruffin & The Hoodies are set to rock the stage covering almost every genre from pop, soul, rock, Americana, country, and blues all with a slick gloss of southern soul!  These events bring the community together for a night of wholesome fun.  My family had a great time at our June event!  Grab your lawn chair or blanket, bring your family and friends and join us Saturday.  There will be food trucks on site or bring carry-out from one of our local restaurants.  I hope to see you there.  For more information on Family Fun Nights, visit our website.

I hope everyone enjoys this short work week.

 

Brad Simmons

Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

Fourth of July weekend is upon us.  As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence with family below are some tips on how to celebrate safely.

  • Have a plan when attending large gatherings to ensure you know where to meet up if you get separated from friends or family.
  • Attend public fireworks displays and leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.
  • If you plan to light off your own fireworks, never give fireworks to small children and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials.
  • Enjoy outdoor celebrations and cookouts but remember to keep children away from grills and campfires.
  • Monitor the weather; download the FEMA App to receive weather alerts for areas you will be visiting.
  • Drink plenty of water – even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air-conditioning and spend much of their time alone.
  • Leave your pets at home when you go to fireworks displays, parades or other gatherings. 

One of the greatest parts of the 4th of July, in my opinion, is the opportunity it gives us all to take time to reflect on the blessings we enjoy, and how fortunate we are to celebrate the birthday of this beautiful land we call home. I also reflect on the happiness I feel when I am surrounded by family and being able to share so many moments of fun with those I love.

This weekend as you see the American flag being waved, please remember the heroic men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have made our freedom possible.  Mint Hill has a large veteran community. These proud men and women can often be seen wearing their military caps, displaying the branch and war in which they served. It is truly an honor to be part of a community rich in patriotism and history, that deeply values our veterans; what a honor to be surrounded by these heroes, who displayed bravery, love of these United States, and freedom for its citizens.  If you see veterans out in our community, take a moment to thank them for their service.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Dear Mint Hill Residents,

It is the time of year when many of us are spending our weekends traveling back and forth to the beach.  It is imperative for each of us to be fully prepared in the event of a hurricane.  I strongly encourage you and your family to develop a plan, wherever you may be.  The threat from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on your location.  It is not just those along the coast that can experience significant impacts.  Hurricanes bring many hazards to our area as well.  In the event of a storm, pay close attention to local media and weather forecast.

Last week on our social media you may have noticed a new feature called Mint Hill Fun Fact Friday.  Throughout the summer we will be sharing a Fun Fact about Mint Hill every Friday.  Until last week, I had no clue Elvis had a connection to Mint Hill.  I cannot wait to see what we will learn in the coming weeks.  I understand we have a lot of interesting information to share with you over the coming weeks.

We had a great turn out at our June Family Fun Night.  It was great catching up with so many of you.  Renee and I enjoyed seeing all the families and kids running around having a great time.  The weather held out and it ended up being a beautiful evening.  Our next Family Fun Night is scheduled for Saturday, July 10th featuring the music of Shelley Ruffin & the Hoodies.  The band features almost every genre from pop, soul, rock, Americana, country, and blues all with a bit of southern soul.  You do not want to miss this one.

We have several events planned for 2021. 

7/10/21            Shelley Ruffin & the Hoodies

8/14/21            Back to School Pep Rally and Smokin’ Guns

9/11/21            Delta Fire

10/2/21           Tina Ross Afternoon in the Park

10/21-23        Mint Hill Madness

12/4/21           Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

For more detailed information, visit our website at www.minthillevents.org

If you interested in sponsoring any of our events, please contact Sheryl Smith at ssmith@admin.minthill.com.

Have a great week!  Enjoy the upcoming break in the heat.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents, 

With Father's Day quickly approaching, I have spent some time reflecting on the lessons learned from my own dad.  I lost my father last year and there is not a day that goes by I don't find myself thinking of him and all he taught me.  As a child, some of my fondest memories are of him standing proud on the sidelines of my baseball games.  During my adult years, those ballgames became golf matches spent laughing with my brothers.  For our family, my dad exemplified hard work and integrity throughout his accounting career.  In our community, my father invested his time and talents to promote positive change.  Because of my dad, I have strived to attend those ballgames for my children and grandchildren, work hard to grow my business and our town, be present when I have the opportunity to spend time with those closest to me and always remember to laugh.  

This weekend, I challenge you to do the same with those that mean the most to you.  Sometimes the greatest gift is simply turning off your phone, putting down the remote or waiting to return those emails.  If you cannot be with your family this holiday, I encourage you to take the time to reflect as I have and reach out to share the lessons that stuck with you. 

Finally, if you have not had a chance to get vaccinated, consider doing it for the fathers and grandfathers in our community. 

Happy Father’s Day!  

Brad Simmons 

Mint Hill Mayor 

 

Mint Hill Residents,

Several of you have asked me about the status of the Ezell Community Park.  This promises to be a beautiful park when it is completed.  Last week, we received the following update from our colleagues at Mecklenburg County.  Please remember this is not a Town project and we do not have any input on the timeline.

Ezell Community Park anticipated schedule:
July 2021 -- Rezoning Process
September 2021 -- Design Development and Construction Documents Phase 1
Early 2022 -- Permit Review, Approvals and Project Bidding
Spring 2022 -- Construction Start
2023 -- Completion

The Town of Mint Hill said goodbye to one of our local heroes.  Tom Easterling was a World War II, U.S. Air Force veteran who was held prisoner of war in Germany for 6 months after his plane crashed behind enemy lines.  Mr. Easterling was often seen at Town events honoring veterans.  When the Town unveiled the POW memorial at Mint Hill Veterans Park, it was only fitting that Mr. Easterling was there to unveil it.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

I want to congratulate all our graduates.  Whether you are graduating from high school, college, or a trade school, take pride in how far you have come and believe in yourself in how far you can go.  More importantly, enjoy each day to its fullest.

Lastly, this week we welcome back Family Fun Nights after a year’s hiatus.  We are excited to welcome everyone back.  Saturday’s event will feature the music of Thirsty Horses.  If you are a child of the 60s & 70s, rocked out in the 80s & 90s or dig the music of the 00s and today, the Horses have something for you!

Family Fun Nights bring the community together for a night of wholesome fun. In addition to the concert, the event includes food trucks and family games.  We ask you use common-sense social distancing, hand sanitization stations, and wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated. 

Have a great week!  I hope to see you all on Saturday!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

Memorial Day evokes different feelings in all of us.  For many, it is the unofficial beginning of summer.  For others, it is a weekend for beach trips, barbecues with friends and fireworks.  For all of us, it should be a day to honor those Americans who gave their lives for our country.  The brave men and women who paid the ultimate price, leaving behind loved ones and families, for our freedom and way of life. Since the Revolutionary War ended, 646,596 American troops have died in battle and more than 539,000 died from other, non-combat related causes.

The Mint Hill American Legion Post #555 will be hosting a wreath laying ceremony on Saturday, May 29, at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, 8850 Fairview Road starting at 9:00 am. 

Mint Hill has several memorials at Veterans Park honoring our military. We are home to the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial.  The eleven-foot-tall pillars are inscribed with the names of the 788 North Carolinians who were killed or listed as missing in action during the Korean War.

The Purple Heart Memorial is dedicated to the recipients of the nation’s oldest military decoration.

The POW/MIA Memorial which recognizes our Prisoners of War, those still missing in action, and Ex-Prisoners of War including Mint Hill’s own, World War II veteran, Tom Easterling.

Lastly, the World War II Memorial which remembers Mint Hill residents who lost their lives during that world conflict.

Whatever your plans are this weekend, take a moment to reflect and say a prayer for the brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and the families who lost them.

Enjoy your holiday weekend.  It looks like we are in for some summer weather.  Be safe!

 

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I wanted to take the time to inform you of some recent changes in the Mint Hill Police Department.

The Mint Hill Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joe Hatley have moved to a stratified policing model. Stratified policing sets up an organization to incorporate evidence-based strategies more easily into everyday operations with the goal of changing a police organization from reactive to proactive. This means officers receive problems/complaints and find a solution and are held accountable if they do not fix the problem.

The Town of Mint Hill is broken into four zones.  Each shift supervisor is assigned as a point of contact/liaison for each zone.  Officers are assigned permanent zones where residents can get to know the officers.  Officers are intimately familiar with their zone and knows when something is out of place.

Officers are now assigned to permanent shifts, no longer rotating from days to nights every 28 days.  This enables the officers to know what is going on during their shift and what is out of place.  It is also much better on the physical and mental health of our officers.   Employees are the greatest asset to our agency.  Ensuring our employees are appropriately supported is essential to maintaining an adaptative and resilient work force.  Supervisors are encouraged to lead by example and work collaboratively with their employees.  I am pleased with the changes we have seen under Chief Hatley’s watch.

In case you missed our post on social media, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools posted their presentation on school reassignment  Bain/Lebanon Road/Piney Grove Relief School following the Community Engagement Meeting which was held on May 5, 2021.  This information affects a lot of Mint Hill residents.  I suggest following @CharMeckSchools on social media to stay abreast of upcoming Community Engagement Sessions. 

Lastly, the Governor lifted gathering limits, social distancing requirements in all settings and indoor mask mandate for most settings.  Fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others.  Even though these restrictions have been lifted the NCDDHS continues to recommend individuals continue to protect one another until more people are vaccinated.  People who are not vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  None of us, vaccinated or not, are immune to this.

It looks like it is going to be a beautiful week.  Stay well, be smart about wearing your mask, get vaccinated, shop local and enjoy everything our town has to offer!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

It is the time of year when people are calling Town Hall with stormwater issues.  I wanted to take this time to inform you of our partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) to manage stormwater within the Town limits. The partnership allows the Town to efficiently meet local, state, and federal requirements related to stormwater.

This partnership between the Town and CMSWS is highly beneficial to the residents of Mint Hill as it ensures thorough management of all issues relating to "stormwater" within the Town limits without requiring additional Town staff dedicated solely to administering an individual stormwater program. It also allows the Town to utilize the vast resources of Mecklenburg County for things like well-trained staff to inspect and monitor infrastructure (that is: pipes, ditches, culverts, etc.), inform and educate the public about stormwater issues, and to document stormwater issues that are called in by residents via the 311-phone system.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services manages the administration of the Town’s stormwater program.  This generally includes record keeping, permitting, inspections and inspections of drainage issues and pollution reported.

The Mint Hill Public Works Department’s role in stormwater typically is receiving issue reports from the CMSWS investigator, working on qualifying issues with in-house staff or contracting the work out to private contractors and assisting in new stormwater infrastructure inspections.

In all cases, Town staff is included to some degree on all stormwater issues related to Mint Hill, even those issues determined to be non-qualifying. The partnership with CMSWS is intended to work as an extension of Town staff and it is regularly monitored to ensure optimum customer service is being provided to our residents.

If you have a problem, please call 3-1-1 (or 704-336-7600) and tell them you have a stormwater issue to report. The operator will take your name, contact info, and a description of the problem. Someone will visit the reported location (typically within one week) to investigate and determine if the problem qualifies for repair under the stormwater program).

Stay well, continue to be vigilant about wearing your mask, get vaccinated, shop local and enjoy everything our town has to offer!

 

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

I wanted to give you a brief update on the Town of Mint Hill Comprehensive Plan.  The Consultant is working on the Existing Conditions Summary based on the information provided in the survey and the previous community forum and will move on to the Phase 2 Land Use Alternatives.  Another Community Forum will be held later this summer for them to present the land use plan options.  We recommend you sign-up for future project correspondence on the project website so you can stay involved throughout the planning process. 

Mother’s Day is an important time to honor motherhood and the influence of mothers in our community.  Our relationship to Mother’s Day is based on our own experience. Some of you will be experiencing Mother’s Day for the first time. Congratulations to new moms! For some of you, it may be the first time without our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, daughter, partner, or sister. We acknowledge your grief. And for many of us, this Mother’s Day will be a celebration of newly found gratitude and resilience.  

Last year, we were unable to celebrate with our moms. None of us could have imagined that we would not be gathered at a favorite restaurant or a family barbecue surrounded by our children and grandchildren. But we survived being away from the ones we love, and we are slowly moving toward what we once called normal.

Stay well, continue to be vigilant about wearing your mask and get vaccinated.  Do it for your mom and all the mothers and grandmothers out there.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

I am so appreciative of our community and how we have worked together and responded to this unprecedented crisis.  Despite challenges that were presented to all of us over the past year, the Town was able to make progress on projects and we are looking forward to once again doing in-person community events.  Thank you to everyone, vaccinated or not, who continues to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  We must hang in there a little while longer.  Every day, more people are getting vaccinated and there is much hope.  A big change from where we were last year.

The Board of Commissioners, Planning Board, Board of Adjustments and Project Advisory Committee will return to in-person meetings (limited attendance) starting in May for the first time in over a year.  Meetings will continue to be available virtually.  The Town also plans on reopening Town Hall to the public on the first Monday in May.  To accommodate social distancing, it is advisable to set up an appointment with the department you want to meet with in advance.  Masks will be required upon entry to the building.

The Town of Mint Hill is creating a list of local subdivisions and their contact information.  This information would be used to communicate construction notices, road closures and other Town related business as it occurs.  If you are a designated resident or HOA Board member, we ask that you contact Town Hall and be added to our list for the most up to date information about projects in your area. 

The Mint Hill Farmers Market will return Saturday, May 1 and will run from 9 am – 1 pm every Saturday through September.  The Market will feature local produce, farm raised meat, handmade crafts and so much more.   As Mint Hill grows, so does the Farmers Market.  Come visit the market this weekend and support local.  We will be there!

Stay well, continue to be vigilant about wearing your mask, get vaccinated, shop local and enjoy this beautiful North Carolina sunshine!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

I had the opportunity to speak at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce Luncheon today, and I wanted to share some of my remarks.

My platform, as Mayor has always been open communication and transparency.  Over the past year, I have provided weekly updates on our website and social media.  My door is always open, I host regular office hours, and am available via phone or email.  We have introduced a website that is more user friendly.  We continue to leverage social media and our Board meetings have been virtual since March 2020.

There is a lot of development activity going on in town.  Work continues to progress on the Chick-Fil-A which is scheduled to open later this fall.  The land on the corner of Fairview and Bain School Road is being cleared for an O’Reilly Auto Parts store.  A small business park is being built on Blair Road.   Talks continue with a developer for a possible distribution facility at the Clear Creek railroad site as well as a food distribution warehouse in the Clear Creek Business Park.

There are several new sidewalks in the works; some which are Town funded (Central Drive and Lebanon Road) and others that will be built using grant money (Lawyers Road and Wilgrove Mint Hill Road).

The Town purchased 20 acres on Lebanon Road in November 2020.  There is a current concept plan for a Fire Station, a Public Works facility, Police property and evidence storage and a police impound lot.

As I mentioned to the Chamber members if you want to stay informed on development activity, I advise you to visit our website to learn about upcoming projects, attend a board meeting, read the meeting minutes, call Town Hall or talk to your elected officials.

A few highlights from the different departments:

The police department has shifted to a stratified policing model.  The Town is broken into four zones.  Officers are assigned permanent zones where residents get to know the officers.  Officers are on permanent shifts, no longer shifting from day shift to night shift. 

Our fire department’s ISO rating went from a 5 to 2 which is a much higher score than previous inspection.  There are 1520 fire departments in North Carolina and only 38 are Class 2 rating.

The public works department is preparing for annual resurfacing projects and the anticipated start is summer/fall 2021.  They are also continuing mowing and trimming of trees and vegetation for approximately 30 miles of right-of-way for vehicle safety.

In-person events will be returning starting with our first Family Fun Night scheduled for June 12, a concert featuring the music of Thirsty Horses.  For a full list of events, visit our website.

Stay well, continue to be vigilant about wearing your mask, get vaccinated, shop local and enjoy this beautiful North Carolina sunshine!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

 

Mint Hill Residents,

This past Friday, a transformer blew and for several hours, much of the Town of Mint Hill was out of power.  I want to thank the Police and Fire Departments for their work in keeping our community safe.  For several hours, every major intersection had police officers directing traffic.  Members of the Fire Department were on hand, in the event of another fire, while Duke Energy worked to fix the problem. The Public Works team didn’t miss a beat as they continued to do stormwater repair work and maintenance at the parks.  Great job by our first responders.  Thank you!

I do not know about you, but things are starting to feel more normal to me, than they have for the past year.  We can dine-in at our favorite Mint Hill restaurants, shop at local businesses, and enjoy each other’s company.  We still need to be cautious.  We need to continue to cover your mouth and nose with a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, and wash your hands often.  But it does not feel as scary to sit and enjoy the company of good friends.

The COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to stop the pandemic.  Currently the vaccine is available to anyone 16 year of age or older.  All COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective.  More than 70,000 people participated in clinical trials to determine safety and effectiveness.  Today, the vaccines are nearly 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 with no safety concerns.  Getting vaccinated not only helps you, it protects the people around you. Appointments are available at both Novant Health and Atrium Health, Harris Teeter, Publix and our own Mint Hill Pharmacy.  The Mecklenburg County Health Department will come to you if you are unable to get to a vaccination site.  Visit www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or call the COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400 Option 3. I got my shot.  Have you received yours?

Stay well, continue to be vigilant about wearing your mask, get vaccinated, shop local and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

It looks like spring has finally arrived in North Carolina.  Now is a great time to take advantage of our local parks.

Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park located at 8850 Fairview Road has over 50 acres and amenities for all ages.  This active recreational complex was developed with the following amenities: beach volleyball, soccer fields, softball field, tennis courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, three picnic shelters, outdoor handball/practice courts, horseshoe pits, a children's playground, an asphalt in-line skating and bike path and a one-mile nature trail.

Mint Hill Wilgrove Park is located at 7750 Jim Harper Lane was the first municipal park in town dating back to 1974. The natural wooded area provides dense shade on a hot summer day.  It features a softball field, tennis courts, natural walking trail that circles the perimeter of the park, several picnic areas, and a large variety of playground equipment to entertain children.

A hidden gem in Mint Hill is the newly opened Stevens Creek Nature Preserve located at 15700 Thompson Road.  This 281-acre nature preserve is open for hiking from sunup to sundown, 7 days per week.  Please note that wheels of any kind (bikes, 4-wheelers, ATV’s etc.) are not permitted on the trails.

Not interested in hiking in a park, but still want to get out?  Take advantage of the over 80+ miles of sidewalk through Town.  It is going to be a beautiful week in Mint Hill.

Mecklenburg County Public Health has started administering the COVID-19 vaccine to homebound residents.  People currently homebound due to an ongoing physical or mental disability and are unable to travel to a vaccination clinic can complete a vaccination request form at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19.

Stay well, continue to wear your mask, shop local and enjoy this beautiful weather.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

We had a very successful first Public Meeting discussing Community Goal Setting for the Mint Hill Comprehensive Plan.  If you missed the meeting, a  recording is available on the website. https://publicinput.com/minthillplan.  This is our town, and this is your plan that will create a shared vision for future growth.  If you have not already done so, I encourage you to complete the community survey.

Starting Wednesday, the state of North Carolina is opening eligibility of the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 16-64 years old with high-risk medical condition that increase the risk of severe disease from COVID-19 and essential workers not yet vaccinated. You can schedule an appointment by calling 980-314-9400 or visiting https://starmed.care/

The Governor has lifted some of the restrictions on restaurants, bars, and businesses.  I encourage you to support local.  Remember, by supporting local you are not only supporting a business, but you are also supporting a dream.

As a reminder, keep practicing the 3 W’s – wear a mask, wait six feet apart, wash your hands – until everyone has a chance to get vaccinated.

Watch our social media on Thursday, where we will be announcing the winners of the Hop Around Mint Hill Easter Egg Hunt.  Five lucky winners will be picked, and each receive a $25 Visa gift card.  As of Monday, we had over 1000 entries.

Stay well, wear your mask, get vaccinated, shop local and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

One year ago, life as we knew it changed for all of us.  We were told to shelter at home and only go out for essentials such as groceries and medicine.  Our educators struggled to come up with a plan to teach our kids at home.  College kids were kicked out of their dorm rooms and had to spend the rest of the semester at home.  For weeks we were bonding with our immediate family, zooming with friends, learning to cook, cleaning our yards and our houses. 

One year later and our children are finally headed back to the classroom, and a vaccine is available to almost everyone.  Last week I was able to get my first COVID-19 vaccine.  Personally, I will feel safer once I receive the second vaccine.  I believe the best way to bring this pandemic to an end is through vaccination. We are still fighting this, but the vaccine puts us one step closer to pre-pandemic life – or at least some of it.

To be placed on the Mecklenburg County waitlist to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible, please complete the online form.

We had our first Virtual Public Forum to discuss the Mint Hill Community Plan last week.  If you were unable to attend, the consultants will have a recording and presentation slides posted soon on the project website https://publicinput.com/minthillplan.

There are currently twelve giant Easter eggs hidden around Mint Hill.   So far, we have posted 5 clues on social media.  When you find an egg, scan the QR code with your smart phone and enter your name and email address in the form to be entered into the drawing.  Five winners will be randomly picked on April 1st.  Winners will receive a $25 Visa gift card. Happy hunting!

Stay well, wear your mask, get vaccinated, shop local and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

 

Mint Hill Residents,

The Town of Mint Hill is in the process of updating our community plan.  Earlier this year we appointed stakeholders to the Project Advisory Committee (PAC).  Mint Hill is your Town, and this plan will create a shared vision for growth. 

Through planning and processes, we will evaluate our land uses, local economy, transportation, utilities, recreation, resource conservation and community health.  We will also be setting goals for the future and establish a path forward, while protecting what the community values, leveraging assets for positive economic growth, seizing opportunities while addressing challenges.  Throughout the process we will be communicating expectations.

We are currently in Phase One – Discovery.  Phase One focuses on the assessment of existing land uses and infrastructure conditions and identification of key planning issues affecting the community.  We invite you and your neighbors to participate in our Community Survey.

Our first Virtual Public Forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 18th from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. and we need your input.  Please plan on participating in our interactive public meeting and provide recommendations for the Mint Hill Comprehensive Plan. You must pre-register for this event.

For more information on the project visit https://publicinput.com/minthillplan.

There are currently twelve giant Easter eggs hidden around Mint Hill. Clues will be posted on social media. When you find an egg, scan the QR code with your smart phone and enter your name and email address in the form to be entered into the drawing.   The more eggs you find, the more chances you will have to win!  Five winners will be randomly picked on April 1st.  Winners will receive a $25 Visa gift card. Happy hunting!

Covid vaccines are becoming more available every day.  Novant and Atrium continue to vaccine events, New Beginnings Church and the Mecklenburg County Health Department will be holding a one-day vaccine clinic on April 1st.  You must pre-register for the event.

To be placed on the Mecklenburg County waitlist to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible, please complete the online form.

Stay well, wear your mask, get vaccinated, shop local and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

It looks as though we are finally going to get a break from the rain.  The fountain at Town Hall is up and running, a true sign that spring is just around the corner.  If you are looking for a nice hike in the area, I suggest you check out the Mecklenburg County Stevens Creek Nature Preserve on Thompson Road.  The center is scheduled to open in the spring, but the trails are currently open to the public.

The Easter Bunny is hiding twelve giant Easter eggs around Mint Hill.  Join us for a Town-wide Easter egg hunt by solving clues that will be posted on our social media starting March 16.  When you find an egg, scan the QR code with your smart phone and enter your name and email address in the form.  If you find multiple eggs, be sure to scan each one’s unique QR code to receive an entry for that location.  The more eggs you find, the more chances you will have to win! 

North Carolina just opened vaccinations up to Group 3 which is school and child care workers.  Under Executive Order 195, North Carolina remains under restrictions, some of which have been cautiously lifted.  Lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order established under Executive Order 181.

  • Still requires face coverings in all public indoor settings
  • Allows many businesses to operate at 50% capacity
  • Extends onsite service of alcohol until 11 p.m.
  • Lifts the 100-person cap on some businesses that were operating at 30% capacity 
  • Allows some indoor businesses – including bars and taverns, indoor amusement parks, movie theaters and indoor sports arenas – to open at 30% capacity (with a cap of 250 people)
  • Allows larger indoor arenas with a capacity of more than 5,000 people to open at 15% capacity with no cap (as long as additional safety protocols in place)
  • Increases the indoor mass gathering limit to 25 people (the outdoor mass gathering limit remains at 50 people)

I continue to encourage citizens to do your part to stop the spread of this virus by following the guidelines (wash your hands, wear a mask, maintain social distance) and take the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible. 

For information about COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County, please visit Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Dashboard

To learn more about the roll out plan for North Carolina, please visit NC Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information

To be placed on the Mecklenburg County waitlist to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible, please complete the online form.

Stay well, wear your mask, get vaccinated, shop local and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

This week children in Mint Hill headed back into our school buildings, some for the first time in almost a year.  When we were first quarantined last March, I don’t think anyone could have predicted the implications of a global pandemic on our children’s education.  However, I have witnessed the challenges my daughter has met, both as an educator and a mother of small children.

I am proud of the teachers across Mecklenburg County who continue to work tirelessly, whether from their home office, kitchen table or physical classroom to engage each student.  I am proud of the parents who have provided stability to their children in the midst of so much uncertainty.  I am proud of our students, from preschool to high school, for your countless successes this year, especially in the face of much adversity.  We will continue to work together to navigate this ever-changing school year.

I continue to encourage citizens to do your part to stop the spread of this virus by following the guidelines (wash your hands, wear a mask, maintain social distance) and take the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.  Many people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and can recover at home.  Others may have a fever or cough or more serious concerns, such as trouble breathing.  Please contact your medical provider or review the information included below if you have additional questions.

For information about COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County, please visit Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Dashboard

To learn more about the roll out plan for North Carolina, please visit NC Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information

To be placed on the Mecklenburg County waitlist to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible, please complete the online form.

Stay well, shop local, wear your mask and get vaccinated!

 

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

The Town of Mint Hill is currently hiring!  If you, or someone you know is looking for a job, the Town of Mint Hill has openings in the Police Department, the Fire Department, and the Public Works Department.  All positions are full time with excellent benefits.  For more information, visit our website.  The Town of Mint Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CATS (Charlotte Area Transit System) is conducting a third round of public outreach for the LYNX Silver Line Project.  CATS will host six live virtual public meetings to discuss preliminary staff recommendations for the refined Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), including changes to the proposed light rail and station location and an explanation of the decision making factors and process that led to those refinements.  Each live meeting will feature a presentation and a Q & A with project team for the designated focus area.  To provide feedback visit the Online Open House to take the survey by March 11 or text ‘Silver Line’ to 704-461-4441.

As we approach the one year mark of this pandemic, I ask you to continue to remain vigilant about wearing your masks over your nose and mouth, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands.  The Mecklenburg County Public Health Department is working hard to distribute the vaccine quickly and equitably as possible.  If you wish to be placed on a waitlist to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible, please complete the online form.  The information will be used to contact you regarding available appointments based on vaccine supply and eligibility criteria.  We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.   The quicker we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to spending time in-person with our family and friends.

To learn more about the roll out plan for North Carolina, please visit NC Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information

For information about COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County, please visit Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Dashboard

Stay well, shop local, get vaccinated!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

I want to commend Commissioner Tony Long and Addie Kirby for their efforts in organizing Clean Up Mint Hill on Saturday, February 13.  People are always asking me about volunteer opportunities with the Town.  To volunteer, complete the online google doc.  We encourage you to wear your mask and maintain social distance. Your Board of Commissioners supports your efforts.  The Town will provide trash bags and people can park at Town Hall.

In addition, the North Carolina Department of Transportation Office of Beautification Programs manages the Swat-A-Litterbug Program.  If you see someone littering trash or trash blowing from an open bed truck, here is your chance to report them and teach them a lesson about the state littering laws.  Be sure to get the NC license plate number, type of littering offense, date, time and location.  You can report them by calling 877-368-4968 or accessing the online report form.

Upon receipt of the litterbug information, NCDOT will:

  • Notify the owner of the littering offense.
  • Inform the vehicle owner of the penalties for littering.
  • Urge the litterbug to stop littering.

I ask you to continue to remain vigilant about wearing your masks over your nose and mouth, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands.  The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone, but supplies are currently limited.  Find your Spot.  Take your Shot.  You can also sign up to be notified when the vaccine is available for your group at My Chart at both Atrium Health and Novant Health

To learn more about the roll out plan for North Carolina, please visit NC Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information

For information about COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County, please visit Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Dashboard.

Stay safe, stay well, shop local, get vaccinated!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

I am happy to announce we have begun planning for our 2021 events.  Our first event began February 1 with the I Love Mint Hill Photo Contest.  Our goal is to provide a way to showcase favorite aspects of our Town while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Town becoming incorporated.  We are looking for high resolution digital photos that celebrate life in Mint Hill and the things that make our community special.  Take time to consider why Mint Hill is special to you.  What elements do you love most?  Photos will be featured on the Town’s website and in social media accounts. 

We are currently planning on bringing back our Family Fun Nights in June 2021.   Family Fun Nights bring the community together at the Mint Hill Veterans Park for a night of wholesome fun with a concert, food trucks and family games. 

We have moved Mint Hill Madness to October 21-23, 2021.  Our number one priority is keeping our community safe.  By September, hopefully most of the community will have received their vaccinations.  We will be following guidelines as outlined by the CDC to keep the event safe.

The governor has extended the modified Stay-At-Home order through February 28, 2021 requiring people to be at home from 10 PM to 5 AM.  In addition to the Modified Stay-At-Home Order, the DHHS secretarial directive remains in effect.  People should stay home and only leave for essential purposes such as buying food, accessing health care, and going to school or work.

To help prevent the surge of COVID-19 I ask you to remain vigilant about wearing your masks over your nose and mouth, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands.  The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available to any person aged 65 or older who has not previously been vaccinated.  The quicker we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to spending time in-person with our family and friends. 

To learn more about the roll out plan for North Carolina, please visit NC Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information. 

For information about COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County, please visit Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Dashboard 

 

Stay safe, stay well, stay home, get vaccinated!

 

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

About this time every year, small business owners notice a decline in sales.  The holiday rush is over, people are more mindful of their spending as they start the new year.  This year local businesses need your support more than ever.  The combination of businesses being required to temporarily shut down and people staying home last year caused many small businesses to suffer.  Some did not survive, others had to reinvent themselves.  It is up to us, the local community to support these businesses.

Our local businesses care about our community.  They know their customers by name.  They are our neighbors and our friends.  They are what make our town unique.

Here are some ways to support your local businesses.

  1. Shop online – Many businesses have the option to purchase their goods through their website, Facebook, via a phone call or through email.  Online purchases are a great way to support local without leaving the safety of your home. Therapist, tutoring, yoga, personal trainers, coaches, financial planners, etc. – all of these can be continued through videos and online conferencing.
  2. Order takeout or delivery -- In addition to being open for dining, many restaurants are offering delivery and curb side pickup.  Now is the time to try something new.
  3. Purchase gift cards -- Buy gift cards for later from your favorite restaurants, stores, or personal service.
  4. Utilize social media – Follow, like, share, comment and spread the news of your local favorites to all your friends and followers. 
  5. Continue to pay -- Your cleaning people, lawn service, handy person all have families they are trying to support.  They need us like we need them.
  6. Be generous -- Tip service workers extra.
  7. Donate -- If you already paid for a class that was cancelled, instead of a refund, donate the money to the organization.
  8. Be understanding – Know each business is different and they are doing what is best for them and try to support them in any way possible.  Reach out to business owners and ask how they are doing, or simply let them know you support their decision.

At the end of the day, it’s totally free to give a business a shout-out on social media, leave them a kind review, or hype them up through word of mouth.  Facebook, Google, and Yelp are all great sources to write reviews.

Stay safe, stay well, stay home, get vaccinated!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

A Mint Hill icon passed away this week.  Troy Pollard served as Mayor of the Town of Mint Hill from 1975 to 1991.  I did not know him personally, but I knew of him, and his many accomplishments during his tenure as mayor.  In the spring, the Town will be planting a tree in his honor at the Park on Wilgrove; the Town’s first park that was constructed during his tenure.  On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and the Town of Mint Hill, I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends. 

After several months of hard work and dedication, we are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website.  The new website is faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly.  For accurate Town of Mint Hill information, we ask that you visit our website, follow our official page on social media (@townofminthill) or call our office at 704-545-9426 and speak to a person. 

I ask you to continue to remain vigilant about wearing your masks over your nose and mouth, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands.  The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available to any person aged 65 or older who has not previously been vaccinated.  The quicker we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to spending time in-person with our family and friends.

 

To learn more about the roll out plan for North Carolina, please visit NC Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information. 

 

For information about COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County, please visit Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Dashboard 

 

Stay safe, stay well, stay home, get vaccinated!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

Your Board of Commissioners has decided to move the planning retreat to Mint Hill to align with the Public Health Director’s three-week directive to protect residents. We want to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  The Directive is effective immediately and will remain in effect for the next three weeks, until February 2, 2021.  While I personally agree with the idea behind and intent of the Directive, it is important to note that these are strong suggestions only.  While I will be making my best effort to adhere to the Directive as I hope all Mint Hill residents do, the recommendations are not legally mandated. 

The Directive instructs individuals in Mecklenburg County to take several immediate actions including (but not limited to): 

  1. Only leave your home for essential activities and remain at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless an exception as set forth in the Governor's Executive Order applies.
  2. Utilize full-virtual options for work, school and any other activity where in-person activity is not required.
  3. Avoid leaving your home if you are over 65 or at high-risk for developing serious illness.
  4. Avoid any non-essential travel.
  5. Avoid gathering with individuals that you do not live with.
  6. WEAR, a cloth face covering, WAIT 6 feet apart and avoid close contact, and WASH your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  7. Quarantine and get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  8. Answer the call and participate in contact tracing to protect against further spread if you receive a call or text from Mecklenburg County Public Health.
  9. Get a flu shot and get the COVID-19 vaccine, when it is available to you.

More information about the COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County and the COVID-19 vaccine is available at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.

I urge everyone to get the vaccine when it is available to them.  I believe becoming immunized will ensure the best protection against the spread of COVID-19.  We need to do whatever is possible to curb the spread.

Stay safe, stay well, stay home, get vaccinated!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

 

Last week we welcomed our new Chief of Police, Joseph Hatley.  Chief Hatley began working at the Mint Hill Police Department on patrol in 2006.  Prior to becoming Chief, he served as Captain, Support Services Commander responsible for leading the investigations, evidence, and records division.  Chief Hatley possesses the necessary qualifications; including a Master’s degree, successful completion of the prestigious FBI National Academy, service in the Army, nearly two decades of law enforcement experience and has received over 5,000 hours of local, state, and federal law enforcement related training.  Please join me in welcoming him to his new role.

 

We are entering into our 2021-2022 budget planning.  Mint Hill has been very fortunate.  The Town maintains a strong financial position due to the leadership, practical financial planning, good decision making and dedicated staff.  Proactive measures must be taken to reach our goals and shape our destiny.  We need to embrace new initiatives and continually identify new opportunities to remain economically competitive while preserving the quality of life valued by our residents. 

 

Due to the rapidly increasing number of confirmed positive COVID-19 in North Carolina and the rising numbers of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 and the intensive care unit with COVID-19, the governor has extended the modified Stay-At-Home order through January 29, 2021.  To help prevent the surge of COVID-19 in the coming weeks I ask you to remain vigilant about wearing your masks over your nose and mouth, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands.  The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available to any person aged 75 or older who has not previously been vaccinated.  This vaccine will allow us to get back to the activities we enjoy in the near future.

 

To learn more about the roll out plan for North Carolina, please visit NC Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information.

 

For information about COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County, please visit Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Dashboard

 

Stay safe, stay well, stay home.

 

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

I want to take an opportunity to wish you and your families a Happy New Year.

As I reflect on the past year, it was certainly not the one we hoped for when the ball dropped last January. Navigating the challenges of a global pandemic forced all of us to make changes to our daily routines and embrace a new normal. However, our community's response to the trials faced this year has been incredibly encouraging. We adapted the way we connect with people and resources, using technology to our advantage for business, shopping, celebrations, gatherings, and even our most recent holidays. At Town Hall, for example, our Board of Commissioners meetings have been streamed virtually through the Town of Mint Hill YouTube page, allowing citizens to engage even when they could not attend in person. And although we were unable to host our traditional events, our residents captured the holiday spirit during our Scarecrow & Christmas Lights decorating contests and truly served our community by participating in our Mint Hill Acts of Kindness.

As we move into 2021, I am simply inspired to continue serving this town as your mayor. While I am not able to be out in the community as much as I would like, I will continue working to communicate as regularly as possible, with as many of you as possible. I will continue posting my weekly Mayor Messages and host office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays, hours are scheduled from 1:00-4:00 pm and Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 am. As a reminder, an appointment for office hours is never necessary. However, if you would like to meet in person at Town Hall, please let me know so I can ensure I will be in the office during those times. Otherwise, feel free to call my cell phone at 704-579-2977. We will also continue providing opportunities for residents to engage in our monthly BOC meetings, especially as we work towards developing our updated Land Use Plan.

The governor-issued Stay-at-Home curfew is still in effect through January 8, 2021 and, considering our recent trends, may be extended. However, with the availability of the COVID vaccine in the coming months, I feel we are seeing a light at the end of this tunnel. I encourage each of you to continue practicing social distancing, wearing your masks and washing your hands. I ask also that you continue to remember those struggling during this pandemic by looking out for your neighbors, shopping at one of our small businesses or ordering a meal from a local restaurant.

I am proud to be your mayor and serve our community. I am thankful for the lessons learned in 2020 and look forward to brighter days in 2021.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope each of you have a safe and joyful day with your families.  I hope you have an opportunity to reflect on the many things you are grateful for, not just within your family, but within our community.  This month I have been reflecting on the things I am most grateful for. 

I am grateful for my wife, Renee who has stood by my side this past year as I took on the role of Mayor.  This year has been more challenging than anyone could have expected, and I could not have done it without her.

I am grateful for all the Town of Mint Hill employees who make my job so rewarding. 

The Police and Fire departments for serving on the front lines and keeping our community safe.  Thank you for your service and sacrifice to the citizens of our town. 

The Public Works department for everything they do every day.  There is so much behind the scenes work that they are responsible for in keeping the Town running.  Thank you for the endless hours spent decorating Town Hall and the Christmas tree. 

The staff at Town Hall who are responsible for the day-to-day operations.  Everything from paying the bills, responding to code violations, meeting with developers and dealing with garbage issues. Thank you for all you do to make Mint Hill a remarkable place to live.

Without the commitment and high standards of all our employees, the Town of Mint Hill would not be such a great place to live for our 28,000 residents.

I hope this season is filled with happiness and joy.  May your home be filled with love on this joyous occasion. 

Be safe, be well, stay home.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Residents,

I love seeing the flags up around Town as we celebrate Veterans Day.  This week I want to say thank you to all our veterans.  I have never worn a uniform, been called to war, been wounded in battle.  I have never put on combat boots, shot at an enemy, or held a dying friend.  I have no idea what war is like.  I have no idea what you have experienced. I know nothing of what you know. If it were not for you and the sacrifices you made for our country, I would not be your mayor.

Today I thank each of you.  Whether you fought the enemy, delivered supplies, built bridges, provided logistical support, or worked in a military hospital, you are part of a group of men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.

On behalf of the Town of Mint Hill, I say thank you.  Thank you for defending our freedoms, our liberty, and our American way of life.

I thank all the family members of our veterans.  I know you lived through difficult times and often carried the burden to keep the home fires burning.

I thank our local veteran organizations; American Legion Post 555, Honor the Warriors, Ladies Auxiliary, Marine Corps League, and the V.F.W. Post 4029, for everything you do for our local heroes.  Next time you are out and about and you see a veteran, join me in thanking them for helping make Mint Hill a great place to live, work and raise our families.

God bless our veterans, and all our troops.  God bless Mint Hill and God bless America!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Oct 12th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

The next election is a general election and will be held on November 3, 2020. You can get information about your registration, where to vote, and absentee ballot on the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections website. There are several polling places in Mint Hill. Make sure you know before you go to ensure you go to the correct location.  Early voting opens at 8:00 am on Thursday, October 15th. Independence High School will serve as the early polling location in Mint Hill. Emotions are high on both sides of this election and I encourage you to do your research and get out and exercise your right to vote.

The 2020 Census deadline has been extended to October 31. Please take the time to complete your questionnaire online, by phone or on paper. You can complete the questionnaire, spending less than 10 minutes on what can impact your community in the next 10 years. If you have questions, visit my2020census.gov or call the Census Bureau at (884) 330-2020.

Don't forget about the Ezell Park Public Input meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 15 from 6:00-7:00 pm. I've heard from several of you in the community, but only a few have signed up to participate. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the vision of the Ezell Park property located on the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Mintwood Drive. This is a Mecklenburg County Parks project, and this is our opportunity to provide input on the park's design and programs. Because it is a virtual meeting, you need to pre-register. Register at www.publicinput.com/Ezell. For more information, contact James Williams at 980-314-1038 or James.Williams@mecklenburgcountync.gov.

The Scarecrow Decorating Contest has been a huge success. Voting continues and at this time, it's too close to call. The difference between the top vote getters in each category is less than 10 votes and the winner changes daily. Be sure to vote for your favorite.

Stay healthy, be counted and be on the lookout for scarecrows.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Sep 30th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

Last week, the Board of Commissioners saw presentations from two consultants for the Town's Land Use Plan update. The Board unanimously selected Merrick-Nealon as the consultant and directed the Town Manager and Town Attorney to negotiate a contract with a scope of services and costs to be approved by the Board of Commissioners. We will keep you updated as we move through the process.

The 2020 Census deadline has been extended to October 31. It is important that you take the time to complete your questionnaire online, by phone or on paper. In fiscal year 2016, North Carolina received nearly $24 billion through 55 federal spending programs guided by the data derived from the 2010 Census. On a per-capita basis, this is more than $2,000 per North Carolina resident, per year. In addition, North Carolina currently has 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. We may gain an additional seat if the 2020 Census count is complete. In 2010, North Carolina likely missed gaining a congressional seat by only 15,800 people. You can complete the questionnaire, spending less than 10 minutes on what can impact your community in the next 10 years. If you have questions, visit my2020census.gov or call the Census Bureau at (884) 330-2020.

COVID-19 is still a part of our lives. I encourage you to continue to social distance, wear your mask and wash your hands. We all need to be vigilant about slowing the spread.

As I drive around town, I have seen several scarecrows. I am excited about the number of people who are participating in this event. We will have almost 60 scarecrows around town at businesses and residences. A list with scarecrow locations can be found at www.minthillevents.org. COVID cannot stop our ability to have fun. Yesterday, clues were distributed to local businesses for the scavenger hunt. Look for clues at local businesses and on our social media throughout the month of October. Put all the clues together and tell us what we are describing. Submit your answer to info@minthill.com. All correct answers will be put into a random drawing to win $125.

Stay healthy, be counted and be on the lookout for scarecrows.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Oct 8th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

Starting this week, I have changed my office hours format. I will still have office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but they will be by appointment only. Town Hall remains closed to the public so we do not have walk-in traffic. As always, feel free to contact me at bsimmons@boc.minthill.com.

If you have not completed the 2020 Census, there is still time. The deadline has been extended to October 31. You can complete the questionnaire, spending less than 10 minutes on what can impact your community in the next 10 years. If you have questions, visit my2020census.gov or call the Census Bureau at (884) 330-2020.

The Ezell Park Public Input meeting has finally been rescheduled for Thursday, October 15 from 6:00-7:00 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the vision of the Ezell Park property located on the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Mintwood Drive. This is your opportunity to provide input on the park's design and programs. It is a virtual meeting and you need to pre-register. Register at www.publicinput.com/Ezell. For more information, contact James Williams at 980-314-1038 or James.Williams@mecklenburgcountync.gov.

I have been amazed by the talent of our residents and business owners who are participating in the Scarecrow Decorating contest. Don't forget to vote for your favorite. First prize is $500. Scarecrow locations and voting is available at www.minthillevents.org.

Lastly, I am sad to announce that we will not be having a Christmas Parade or official tree lighting ceremony this year. There are too many unknowns and we need to keep our community safe. Rest assured that Town staff is working diligently on a plan to save Christmas. Stay tuned for details.

Stay healthy, be counted and be on the lookout for scarecrows.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Sep 22nd, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

We currently have just over a week to complete the 2020 Census. Completing the census is quick and easy to do. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone or on paper. You can complete the questionnaire, spending less than 10 minutes on what can impact your community in the next 10 years. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to state, counties and communities is based on the census data. We have until September 30 to be counted. . If you have questions, visit my2020census.gov or call the Census Bureau at (884) 330-2020.

If you are a small business who needs support during these difficult times, Mecklenburg County has been awarded funding as a grantee of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The County is providing up to $1.25 Million to fill identified capital access challenges faced by small businesses. This funding will provide financial support to sustain small businesses as they strive to remain open as COVID-19 continues to negatively impact the local economy. Funding will be available until November 27, 2020 or until all funds have been disbursed to approved applicants. See if your small business is eligible to receive funding from the MeckCares Stabilization Relief Grant.

Lastly, registration for the 3rd Annual Mint Hill Scarecrow Decorating Contest has closed. We will have over 50 scarecrows around town at businesses and residences. A list with scarecrow locations and a link for voting will be posted next week. COVID is not going to stop our ability to have fun. In addition, there is an opportunity for you to win $125 in the Mint Hill Scavenger Hunt. Look for clues at local businesses and on our social media throughout the month of October. Put all the clues together and tell us what we are describing. Submit your answer to info@minthill.com. All correct answers will be put into a random drawing.

Stay healthy and be counted.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Sep 9th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

Labor Day is called the "unofficial end of summer" because it marks the end of the summer before everyone heads back to school. Our children are back in school, but not physically back in the classroom. My daughter is an educator and a parent trying to make this year special and normal. I see many parents like her, trying to balance. I see our community coming together and sharing resources. Your Town leaders support you and are here for you if you need us.

If you have not already done so, I encourage you to complete the 2020 Census. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to state, counties and communities is based on the census data. According to our last update from the MeckCounts, Mint Hill was at a 66.5% completion. We have until September 30 to be counted. If you have questions, visit my2020census.gov or call the Census Bureau at (884) 330-2020.

On a lighter note, if you are looking for an art project to do with your children, consider participating in the 3rd Annual Town of Mint Hill Scarecrow Decorating Contest. There is over $1500 in cash prizes that will be awarded to the best business and residential scarecrow. Check with your teachers to determine if you can get an art credit as well.

Lastly, the playgrounds at the parks were officially opened on Friday. Over the weekend, there were several families at the park enjoying the beautiful weather. We will continue to clean the equipment on a regular basis, and still encourage everyone to adhere to the general guidelines. Wash your hands, maintain social distance, and wear a mask.

Stay healthy and be counted.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Sep 3rd, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

It is hard to believe it is already September. I am proud to have served as your mayor for the past 8 months.

There have been several calls to Town Hall on the status of our Land Use Plan. State law requires that as a condition of adopting and applying zoning regulations a local government shall adopt and reasonably maintain a comprehensive plan that sets forth goals, policies, and programs intended to guide the present and future physical, social, and economic development of the jurisdiction. A comprehensive plan is intended to guide coordinated, efficient, and orderly development within the planning and development regulation jurisdiction based on an analysis of present and future needs. Planning analysis may address inventories of existing conditions and assess future trends regarding demographics, economic, environmental, and cultural factors. The planning process shall include opportunities for citizen engagement in plan preparation and adoption.

We are currently in the process of interviewing potential consultants. We have narrowed it to two finalists. The Board plans on deciding at our October 8th meeting. Once a consultant is selected, one or two citizen committees will be appointed, and meetings will begin
Starting on Friday at 5:00 pm, our state will move to Phase 2.5 which means the playgrounds at the parks will be open at that time. We will continue to clean on a regular basis, but remind you to wear your masks, social distant yourself from others and wash your hands. We know everyone is excited to get back, but we must do it safely.

We have until September 30 to be counted in the 2020 Census. Please help the Town of Mint Hill achieve a complete count by taking the census and encouraging your friends, family, and colleagues as well. If you have questions, visit my2020census.gov call the Census Bureau at (884) 330-2020.
Stay healthy and be counted.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Aug 18th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

In the midst of what has become a very challenging time, I would like to stress how you can have a direct and long-lasting impact on the health and well-being of our community, completing the 2020 Census. Every 10 years, the United States undertakes the colossal task of counting the population. Each year, Census data helps determine federal funding for more than 100 programs, including health care, nutrition, affordable housing, highway construction, education and more. Making sure Mint Hill has a complete count for the 2020 Census will be a key factor as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Census asks a few simple questions about you and everyone who was living with you on April 1, 2020. The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live and so much more. Getting an accurate count of our population will ensure we get our fair share of federal funding over the next 10 years. According to NC Policy Watch, North Carolina still needs 4 million people to be counted: that's $7.4 billion of federal funding that's at risk for our state. Currently 66.5% of Mint Hill residents have responded.

Currently Census takers are knocking on the doors of those who have not yet responded to the Census survey. This door to door Census push will continue through Sept. 30. The law says that everyone needs to complete the Census. The Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them confidential. Your response is used only to produce statistics. When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

You can eliminate the need for Census takers to follow up in person by responding to the Census online or by phone. The quickest way to respond is online at my2020census.gov with your Census ID, which easily links your response with your address. You can respond without a Census ID and still be linked with your address. You can also respond by phone by calling 844-330-2020. Customer service representatives are available every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

We have until September 30 to be counted. Please help the Town of Mint Hill achieve a complete count by taking the census and encouraging your friends, family and colleagues as well. If you have questions, visit my2020census.gov or call the Census Bureau at (884) 330-2020.

Stay healthy and be counted.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Aug 11th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

The Board of Commissioners will meet on Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. We will continue to follow the state guidelines for public meetings during a state of emergency. The regular meeting will once again be transitioned to an electronic meeting format. There are several public hearings this month. The Town will set up speakers and monitors outside for the public to watch the live stream of the public hearings. Anyone wishing to comment on the public hearing will be guided inside, one at a time, to speak. Facemask will be required. The Board will hear public comments at the regular meeting session by email only. Please email your comments to mwells@admin.minthill.com on or before August 13, 2020 at 6:45 p.m. You can view the meeting on our YouTube channel at https://buff.ly/3dvHZE5.

Let's talk about something other than our current state of emergency. We would like to thank Novant Health for sponsoring our 3rd Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest. This year is going to be a little different. We are expanding the event beyond Town Hall. How will this work? You create a scarecrow and put it on display outside your business or home. We will make sure there is an online map of all the locations where the scarecrows will be on display. If you do not want to leave your house, scarecrows will be available for viewing online. Help us decorate our town and give people a reason to get out of the house while social distancing.

You may ask yourself, why would I want to participate. Thanks to Novant Health, there will be significant cash prizes. Start thinking about your scarecrow and stay tuned. Look for the application and more details in the next couple of weeks.

I want to thank everyone that has continued to take this pandemic seriously by complying with the Governor's executive orders. I am happy to see people wearing masks and maintaining social distance, all around town. We need to do our part to slow the spread. I ask that you continue to check on your neighbors, especially our elderly and those who live alone.

Wash your hands, wear a mask, social distance yourselves and stay home if you are not feeling well.

Be safe!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Jul 29th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

We have survived the first 7 months of 2020. We only have 5 more months until a restart. Let us hope 2021 brings a brighter future.

We know your life looks a lot different than you anticipated when you made your 2020 New Year's resolutions. I can tell you when I decided to run for Mayor, I did not know we would in the midst a world-wide pandemic. Our events team had big plans for some great events which have all been put on hold. But we are not going to let that stop our fun.

In October, we are planning on hosting our 3rd Annual Scarecrow contest. It is unclear at this point whether we will be able to have the Fall Harvest Festival, but there is no reason we cannot celebrate fall with our scarecrows. We want everyone in town to get involved. In addition to the scarecrows around the fountain at Town Hall, we want to see scarecrows at the entrance of your subdivision, in your front yards and in front of your place of business. Nothing can stop us from driving around our town looking at scarecrows. So, start thinking about how you want to get involved and we will post more information in a few weeks.

The Board of Commissioners will meet on August 13, 2020. For the first time in several months, the Board will host a public hearing. The Town will set up speakers and monitors outside for the public to watch the live stream of the public hearing. Anyone wishing to comment on the public hearing will be escorted inside, one at a time, to speak. FACEMASKS WILL BE REQUIRED. In addition, the Board will hear public comments by email. Please email your comments to mwells@admin.minthill.com, on or before August 13, 2020 at 6:45 p.m. Please include your name, address and your comment will be read into the record at the appropriate time.

Mint Hill has a very strong sense of community, and I believe our citizens and businesses will continue to work together to get through this challenging time. I want to personally thank everyone for everything you are doing to keep our citizens healthy and safe.

Stay safe, stay healthy and wear a mask!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Jul 8th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

The summer of 2020 is not what we had planned in January. We have had to cancel Mint Hill Madness and our Family Fun Nights. Many vacations have been cancelled or scaled back. Many are still working from home. Several of our local businesses continue to struggle as we remain in "Safer at Home Phase 2". Some remain closed and only able to offer their services curbside or virtually. I encourage you to shop and eat local. By keeping your dollars in the community, you are helping improve the local economy while supporting small, resident owned and operated businesses. We need to come together as a community to help our neighbors.

The Board of Commissioners will meet on Thursday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m. We will continue to follow the state guidelines for public meetings during a state of emergency. The regular meeting will once again be transitioned to an electronic meeting format. The Board will hear public comments by email only. Please email your comments to mwells@admin.minthill.com on or before July 9, 2020 at 6:45 p.m. You can view the meeting on our YouTube channel at https://buff.ly/3dvHZE5.

We strongly encourage you to continue wearing face coverings and maintain social distance. Wearing a mask may save your life or the lives of your loved ones. Wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands.

Stay safe, stay well, wear a mask.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Jun 25th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

2020 has been a challenging year on many levels. The COVID-19 is changing life as we know it daily. It is great to see more businesses opening and residents supporting them. Now is when they need us the most. Shop local, eat local, support Mint Hill.

Effective 5:00 pm, Friday, June 26, 2020 the governor has issued an executive order which requires face coverings when in public places, indoors and outdoors, and when physical distancing of 6 feet from others is not possible. North Carolina defines a face covering as a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face.

As with any rule, there are exceptions. People with medical conditions, children under 11, and people who are walking or otherwise exercising outside when not within six feet of others.

Our law enforcement personnel cannot criminally enforce the face covering requirements of this Order. However, if a business does not allow entry to someone because that person refuses to wear a face covering, and if that someone enters the premises or refuses to leave the premises, law enforcement personnel may enforce the trespassing laws.

We strongly encourage our citizens to wear face coverings and maintain social distance. Wearing a mask may save your life or the lives of your loved ones. Wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands.

Stay safe, stay well, wear a mask.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Jun 9th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

As many of you know, there is a peaceful protest scheduled for Wednesday, June 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in front of Town Hall. This event is not sponsored by the Town, but the organizers have our full support.

Our hearts go out to all who suffer from systemic racism. A dismissive remark, thoughtless joke or biased statement can create a culture of prejudice at home and in the workplace. We must work harder to educate each other about the subtle ways we mistreat each other. We must teach our children, employees, and elected officials that any form of racism will not be tolerated.

There have been a lot of conversations on social media over the past few weeks. I encourage you to take these conversations offline. Have a face to face conversation with your family, co-worker, or neighbor. Tell them how what is happening in the world makes you, as a person, feel. Take that passion and send a letter to our legislative leaders and let them know we will not stand for systemic racism. Educate yourselves on the candidates and their beliefs prior to the November election.

To the planners of this event, thank you for your willingness to organize a peaceful demonstration. Thank you for igniting a conversation. We will continue to support peaceful protests while ensuring the citizens of Mint Hill are safe. We need to keep talking and to keep voting until those in power are willing to listen.
I look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday. I strongly encourage you to wear a mask to help alleviate the spread of the COVID-19.

Stay safe!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
May 26th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

On Friday, May 15, 2020, Roy Fielding, a member of our Planning Board passed away suddenly. Roy served on the Planning Board for the past 14 years. I had the honor of serving on the board with him for 6 years before becoming Mayor. He was always concerned about the environmental impact development and growth were having on the Town. When new areas were being planned, he asked difficult questions about density and the impact of existing residential areas.

Roy was not afraid to cast an opposing view. He represented our citizens at the highest level. Roy always made sure safety and security issues were addressed especially if water hazards were present. He made sure that developers and contractors were doing the right things for the citizens of Mint Hill. Roy had a passion for the town and a desire to preserve its beauty during its growth over the past several years.

Roy was a professor for 41 years at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He was proud of his impact on his students. He loved their sports programs. He and Mary Gaye created a scholarship program for UNCC students. Roy will be honored with the Roy R. Fielding Aquatics Center at UNCC. The dedication will be combined with a celebration of life to honor his legacy at a later day.

Roy will be greatly missed by all of us at Town Hall. There will be big shoes to fill when finding a replacement for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Gaye and his family.

Stay safe, stay well, stay home!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
May 21st, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Although the weekend may look very different, the meaning behind it remains the same. An opportunity to honor and mourn the military personnel who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Let us use the day to remember and honor our heroes. Let us use the day to count our blessings and stand proud.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of Mint Hill Madness, following the increased concerns about the COVID-19 and the unknown surrounding how the virus is spread. We are very disappointed, but know it is the right decision based on the information we have today.

We know this will come as an enormous disappointment to the Mint Hill community. This decision was not taken lightly and there were two key factors in the final decision.

First, the uncertainty caused by the number of people allowed at events. Mint Hill Madness sees 20,000 people over the course of the weekend. Currently in Phase 2, only 25 people can gather outside. It is unclear when mass gatherings will be allowed.

Second, we need to prioritize the health of our sponsors, vendors, and visitors. With the number of participants, physical distancing would be difficult to enforce. In addition, it would be impossible to sanitize continuously, the number of surfaces people touch.

As we enter Phase 2 of the Governor's Executive Orders, I ask that you continue to be smart and practice social distancing. Remember the three W's: Wear a mask in public; Wait 6 feet; Wash your hands. You are not only protecting yourself, but you are protecting those with compromised immune systems with whom you may come in contact.

The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed Monday. The lobby will remain closed to the public through the end of June. Staff will be in the office and available to meet via phone or Zoom. We will continue to do our public meetings virtually, including our May 26 Budget Workshop. The link to the live-stream channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5LTHPE0q3K_NrtO2MP4y6w/live
I continue to hold office hours Tuesdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Feel free to call me with any questions or concerns at 704-563-3860. You can also email me at bsimmons@boc.minthill.com.

Stay safe, stay well, stay home!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
May 6th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

On Friday, May 8th, at 5:00 p.m., the Governor's Stay at Home Order will be amended and Phase 1 will begin. The order is in effect until 5 pm on Friday, May 22. However, the end of this Order does not necessarily mean the state will move to Phase 2. Phase 2 will only start if data and indicators are in the right place. Even as reopening begins, residents should continue to remain vigilant. The riskiest activities for spreading the virus involve standing or sitting close to other people for longer than ten minutes. Outdoor activities are generally less risky. If contact is unavoidable, residents should wear face masks and wash their hands.

Phase 1

  • Stay at Home order remains in place, people can leave home for commercial activity
  • Those retailers and services need to implement social distancing, cleaning, and other protocols
  • Gathering limited to no more than 10 people
  • Parks can open subject to gathering limits
  • Face coverings recommended in public
  • Restrictions remain in place for nursing homes and other congregated living settings
  • Encourage continued teleworking

Town Hall will remain closed to the public, but staff will begin working at the office beginning May 11. If you need assistance, call 704-545-9726 and someone will meet you at the door. The same will apply to the Police Department. If you need assistance, call 704-545-1085. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.
Our monthly Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for May 14 will be available via the Town's YouTube channel. The meeting is closed to in-person public. The link to the live-stream channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5LTHPE0q3K_NrtO2MP4y6w/live.

The Board will hear Public Comment at the May 14, 2020 meeting by email only. Please email your comments to mwells@admin.minthill.com on or before May 14, 2020 at 6:45 pm. Please include your name and address and your comment will be read into the record at the appropriate time. Comments submitted anonymously will not be read into the record. All comments will be maintained as a public record and included in the minutes of the meeting.

Beginning Saturday, May 9, 2020, the following activities are permitted at Town parks while following the precautions listed above:

  • Park hours will return to normal: 6am - 10:30 pm
  • Use of bathroom facilities and water fountains
  • Walking, jogging, and bicycling on trails/paths
  • Picnicking at tables
  • Lounging in common areas/fields
  • Playing tennis per the following restrictions
    • No more than two players per net (no doubles)
    • No reservations (walk-up play only on all courts)
    • Matches must skip a court (this is why every other net is currently removed)
  • Disc golf
  • Exercising in small groups that does not share equipment

The following activities remain prohibited as precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19:

  • Any sports where a ball or other object is passed between participants by hand or foot
  • Use of the playgrounds

As always, I continue to hold office hours Tuesdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Feel free to call me with any questions or concerns at 704-563-3860.

Stay safe, stay well, stay home!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Apr 28th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

As you know Governor Cooper extended the Stay at Home Order until May 8 and announced a three-phased approach to lifting restrictions. 
  
Phase 1

  • Stay at Home order remains in place, people can leave home for commercial activity
  • Those retailers and services need to implement social distancing, cleaning and other protocols
  • Gathering limited to no more than 10 people
  • Parks can open subject to gathering limits
  • Face coverings recommended in public
  • Restrictions remain in place for nursing homes and other congregated living settings
  • Encourage continued teleworking

Mint Hill, along with the other Mecklenburg county local government continue to follow our own order. We are in the process of amending our Stay at Home order to align with the Governor's order to allow for additional retail businesses and services to offer curbside pick-up. Our Town Manager has been participating in a Business Roundtable discussing plans to eventually reopening all businesses.

Growing evidence suggests COVID-19 can spread before people show symptoms and from people who have coronavirus but never show symptoms. We ask everyone to continue to remain at home and avoid non-essential contact with others. Limit your trips for groceries, gas, and other essentials. If you must go out, wear a mask and practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet from others.

We are functioning from a place of strength and it is important, now more than ever, that positive attitudes expand not just to our families but to every member of the Mint Hill Community.

We are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Stay safe. Stay well. Stay home.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Apr 21st, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

I hope you are all staying healthy during these unprecedented times. I commend all the parents trying to work while homeschooling their children. I see more families out in their yards doing activities. Moms, Dads, kids and pets all enjoying each other's company. Stay strong, we are almost through this and I'm proud of everyone.

Our Town Manager continues to meet daily with the Mecklenburg County COVID Policy Group. They are actively discussing ways in which a phased opening can be implemented. Additionally, the County (with representatives from the surrounding towns) is convening a business roundtable group to help inform and advise the Policy Group towards that end. We are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Town staff are in the process of preparing the groundwork for the land use plan update by collecting mapping data and demographic information, market potential research, growth trends, transportation issues, future school sites, parks, etc. before bringing in consultants.

Mint Hill is doing a great job completing the 2020 Census. As you can see from the numbers below, we are currently in the middle of the pack. If you haven't completed the 2020 Census, I encourage you to take the time to make a difference. Let's work together on getting our response rate numbers up. Remember, by completing the 2020 Census, you will help shape the future of Mint Hill.

2020 Census Response rates of 4/18:

  • Matthews: 60.8%
  • Huntersville: 59.3%
  • Cornelius: 57.3%
  • Davidson: 57.2%
  • Mint Hill: 53.3%
  • Charlotte: 49.1%
  • Pineville: 42.7%

Waste Pro continues to provide full service to the Mint Hill community. Last week's storm and everyone working in their yards has created extra work for them. They are running about a day behind on yard -waste pick up but should be caught up in the next couple days. Thank you all for your patience.

I continue to hold office hours Tuesdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Feel free to call me with any questions or concerns at 704-563-3860.

Stay safe, stay well, stay home!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Apr 16th, 2020
Mint Hill Community.

I am so proud of our community. Mint Hill is doing a great job staying at home and practicing social distancing. The more we adhere, the quicker we can get back to normal. I see people at the grocery stores practicing safe distancing. Our children are adapting to a new way of learning. Meetings at Town Hall are happening virtually. I see small businesses changing their way of conducting business in order to accommodate the Governor's Executive Orders. Many of these folks do not have the opportunity to collect unemployment so I encourage you to support them. Take advantage of the family meals that many of the local restaurants are offering. Tip generously. Putting dinner on your table may be feeding their children.

I want to remind everyone to take a few minutes and complete the 2020 Census at www.2020Census.gov. It takes about 5 minutes. I am proud to say as of April 13, 52% of Mint Hill residents have completed the Census. It's important for all citizens to complete this form. Any federal and state grants and other funding that becomes available over the next 10 years are partially dependent on the population of the town. By completing the census, you can help shape the future of Mint Hill.

Good news from the Mayor's office. Mint Hill Madness has been rescheduled for August 6-8, 2020. Yes, we know it's going to be a hot one, but it's can't be any hotter than Madness 2019. We're looking forward to a great event and I promise that the fireworks show will be bigger and better than anything Mint Hill has ever seen.

You may have noticed that Charlotte and several of the surrounding towns have suspended yard waste pick up. Mint Hill continues to pick up yard waste but with the storm earlier this week, they are running about a day behind. If your yard waste does not get picked up within 24 hours of your normal pick up, please contact Town Hall.

I hope you are all making the best of this extraordinary time. At one point, we've all wished for more time at home. Take advantage of this pandemic and enjoy your time with your family.

Stay safe, stay well, stay home.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Apr 9th, 2020
Mint Hill Community.

Since I'm not seeing you around town, and we have had to cancel our meetings for the month of April, I wanted to take this time to recognize some folks in our community.

I want to personally thank our town employees who continue to serve Mint Hill during these difficult times.

  • The Police and Fire department who are on the front lines out protecting our community.
  • The Public Works department who are monitoring our parks, cutting grass, maintaining our roads, addressing stormwater issues, all while practicing social distancing.
  • The Town Hall staff who continue to do their jobs working remotely. In addition to the day to day operations, they are providing the town manager materials to prepare the town budget, so the commissioners and I can review it in a timely fashion.
  • I want to take a moment to thank those true heroes in our community.
  • The doctors, nurses and staff at the hospitals seeing people every day and putting their lives at risk as they take care of our community.
  • The educators who are out there working with their students and their families ensuring that students continue to get the services they need.
  • The unsung heroes who work at the grocery store, restaurant, gas station or other essential business. 

Next time you are out I encourage you to let these individuals know they are appreciated.

I ask you to continue to support our local small businesses. They need our help now, more than ever.

While we are all at home, I want to encourage everyone to take a few minutes and complete the 2020 Census at www.2020Census.gov . It's important for all citizens to complete this form. Whatever federal and state grants and other funding that becomes available over the next 10 years are partially dependent on the population of the town. When our population is accurately counted, we receive accurate financial allocations from government services and disbursements. By completing the census, you can help shape the future of Mint Hill.

I ask you to stay strong, stay healthy, stay informed, but most importantly, continue to stay home. I am confident we will all come through this stronger.
Happy Easter everyone!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Apr 7th, 2020

I want to thank you all for taking this pandemic seriously. I see everyone doing their part by staying home and going out only for the essentials.

I realize many of you are taking advantage of this time to work on your 'honey do' lists. Folks are working in the yard, cleaning the house, etc. making the most of this time.

Waste Pro has been doing a remarkable job maintaining the level of service we have all grown to expect. To keep the workers safe, going forward Waste Pro will not be picking up anything besides the bins. Any excess trash, household items that will not fit in the bin or any kind of bulk items will not be picked up. They will continue to pick up yard waste, but it is limited to 10 bags of leaves a week and one pile of limbs (4' wide, 4' high and 5' length).

Stay safe, stay well and stay home!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Apr 3rd, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

Mecklenburg County has been under a Stay at Home order since March 24. Believe it or not, it has only been 10 days. We are still looking at another 4 weeks. There is still so much that is unknown about how the COVID-19 spreads. It's believed it spreads person to person through droplets produced when an infected person coughs our sneezes. Here is what we can do in the next 30 days to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

  • Listen and follow directions of State and local authorities.
  • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to the grocery store. Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person, stay at home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at an increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

We need to continue to take radical measures to protect ourselves. The next four weeks are going to be extremely challenging for our country and our community. Don't leave home unless you need to perform essential activities as outlined by the Governor's Executive Order.

Help flatten the curve. Stay home. The life you save may be your own.

Stay Safe. Stay Well. Stay Informed. Stay home.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Mar 30th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

I am proud of our community and the way everyone has continued to Shelter at Home during this unprecedented time. Effective today at 5:00 pm, Governor Roy Cooper has issued a statewide Shelter at Home order until April 30. According to the CDC, we will not hit the peak of this crisis for another couple weeks. We ask you to continue to Shelter at Home and practice social distancing. I encourage you to read Executive Order NO. 121, Stay at Home order and Strategic Directions for North Carolina in Response to Increasing COVID-19 Cases.

In the meantime, I will resume my weekly office hours on a virtual basis. You can call me at 704-563-3860 on Tuesday from 1:00-4:00 pm or Thursday from 8:30 am – noon.

Stay safe. Stay well. Stay HOME!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Mar 27th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

No matter where we live, we are all affected by the COVID-19. Kids are home from school, parents are home from work, our houses are becoming very small and you may be wanting to trade your current roommates in for new ones. But the more we adhere to the rules, the sooner we will be back to normal.

In the meantime, take this time to slow down. How many times have you said, I wish there were more hours in a day? Well now you have them. Use this time to spend quality time with your family, reach out to an old friend with whom you have lost contact, enjoy the outdoors while practicing social distancing, teach yourself a new skill.

For those wishing to volunteer their efforts in the fight against COVID-19, you can call (704)432-4127 or (704)432-4187. They are currently taking names and identifying needs.

We need to come together as a community and support each other. We will get through this. We are Mint Hill Strong!

Stay safe. Stay well. Stay home!

Brad Simmons 
Mint Hill Mayor
Mar 24th, 2020
Mint Hill Residents,

Over the last two weeks, Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina, have aggressively increased our response to the point where mass gatherings are currently limited to 50 people or less, schools statewide are closed until May 15, restaurants are closed except for takeout, gyms and recreation centers are closed, and thousands of employees from every business sector are either not working or teleworking to stay in business and provide needed services to the community.

However, even with these measures, the county and town leaders do not believe we have gone far enough to begin to flatten the curve of new cases.

As a result, Mecklenburg County in conjunction with the City of Charlotte and the six towns has issued an Executive Order that requires residents to STAY AT HOME unless they are providing essential services. The order is set to begin Thursday, March 26 and last 21 days.

The order directs all individuals living in the county to remain at their place of residence except to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain activities and work for essential business and government services.

It also directs all businesses and governmental agencies to cease nonessential operations at physical locations in the County and prohibits all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals. It also orders cessation of all non-essential travel.

If you leave your home for essential activities or if you go to work in an essential business you must follow social distancing practices, staying at least 6 feet apart from each other. Continue to be diligent. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
STAY AT HOME, leaving only to perform any of the essential activities as outlined below.

Essential activities include:

  • Engaging in or performing tasks essential to maintain health and safety. Examples include picking up medicine or visiting a doctor.
  • Obtaining necessary supplies for you, your family or household members, necessary for staying home. Support your local businesses by ordering curbside pick-up, delivery, take out or drive thru. Please only purchase items you immediately need and do not stockpile.
  • Going for a run, hike or other outdoor activity while maintaining proper social distancing. Our parks will remain open, but the play areas are closed.
  • To care for a family member in another household.
  • To care for elderly, minors, dependents, or other vulnerable persons Essential businesses include:
  • Health care operations and home health workers
  • Essential infrastructure, including construction of housing (residential and mixed-use), industrial and commercial projects currently underway
  • Grocery stores and convenience stores
  • Restaurants offering curbside pick-up, delivery, take out or drive-thru services
  • Pharmacies
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities
  • Banks
  • Garbage collection. Waste Pro will continue to pick up trash, recycling and yard waste a normal schedule.
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses.
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to go to work.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is easily transmitted, especially in group settings. Preventing the further spread of this disease hinges on every person in Mint Hill reducing their interactions with others, especially those beyond their immediate household. It is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety.

These are challenging times, and the impact of COVID-19 is being felt by every resident in our town. I am concerned for our community, especially those who are sick or at higher risk of becoming infected, as well as those who have either lost, or are at risk of losing their job or business. The consequences of this crisis are already deep and severe, and we're not yet through the worst. I am confident, if we come together as a community and taking radical measures to protect ourselves, we will emerge from this crisis with resiliency and strength.

I encourage you to follow official sources for accurate and up-to-date information. Click here for the complete Mecklenburg County Proclamation. If you have questions about the stay at home order you can call the hotline at 704-353-1926. 

If you are experiencing symptoms a dry cough, shortness of breath or fever, CALL FIRST before seeking treatment in-person.

Stay safe, stay well, stay informed. We will get through.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor
Mar 16th, 2020

Members of the Mint Hill Community:

I know there is a deep concern about the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. I want to assure you the Town of Mint Hill is taking action to address the situation. We must band together to ensure everyone's well-being during this national health emergency.

Here is what the Town is doing:

Open for Business: Our police and fire are responding to calls, but taking precautions as outlined by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management. The Town Manager is meeting daily with the County COVID-19 policy committee. You should see no changes in your garbage/recycling services and we will make efforts to inform you of any changes if/when they occur.

Town Hall:  Town Hall is currently open for business. We ask that you please follow the protocols we have outlined. Sanitize your hands when you enter, keep your distance from Staff. These and other steps are being taken for your protection as well as Staff's. All HOA meetings and events scheduled for the next 8 weeks have been cancelled.

Parks: At this time, both Veterans Park and the Park on Wilgrove are open under normal schedules; however, all organized gatherings at the parks are cancelled. Public Works is applying a disinfectant solution to the play equipment each morning.

Here's what you can do:

Be vigilant: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Stay at home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Avoid crowds: The CDC has recommended gatherings of 50 people or more should be cancelled or postponed for the next 8 weeks. We are adhering to those standards in the Town of Mint Hill.

Stay informed: Follow official sources for accurate and up-to-date information including CDC.gov and @charmeckem.

If you are experiencing symptoms a dry cough, shortness of breath or fever, CALL FIRST before seeking treatment in-person.

Stay safe, stay well, stay informed. We will get through this.

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

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3.16.20 Message from Mayor Brad Simmons