In towns across the county, mayors and other elected officials are getting sworn in.
For many readers in the south Charlotte area, it’s the changing of the guard in the outlying municipalities that will make a day-to-day difference in their lives.
Smaller municipal governments (think Mint Hill, Matthews, and Pineville, for example) control zoning (how land can be used), site plan approvals (what the project will look like), local ordinances (how loudly can an outside band play? What happens if grass is too high?) and other matters that may come up periodically.
Local municipalities are responsible for taking local tax dollars and providing solid waste services (trash and recycling pickup) and fire and police protection for their citizens.
Many municipalities also have funding for local parks and cultural and recreational opportunities in their budgets.
New town boards were elected in November and take office this month. Mayoral positions in all three towns run for two years. Commissioner positions in Mint Hill and Matthews run for two years while council positions in Pineville are transitioning to staggered four-year terms.
All town boards hold regular public meetings, giving residents a chance to hear and comment on the business of the day.
Newly installed town board and council members are:
▪ Matthews: Mayor: Jim Taylor. Commissioners: John Higdon, Chris Melton, Jeff Miller, John Ross, John Urban and Larry Whitley.
▪ Mint Hill: Mayor: Ted Biggers. Commissioners: Dale Dalton, Mickey Ellington, Richard Newton and Tina Ross.
▪ Pineville: Mayor: Jack Edwards. Council members: Deborah Fowler, Les Gladden, Chris McDonough and David Phillips.
2 Number of years mayoral terms run in Mint Hill, Matthews and Pineville
The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Mint Hill Town Hall. The Matthews Board of Commissioners meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Matthews Town Hall. The Pineville Town Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at The Hut in Pineville.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.