News Briefs: July 24 to 30

Cellphone 911 line down temporarily in Union County

The 911 service line for cellphone carriers was temporarily down in Union County Tuesday, July 22, according to county officials.

The county alerted area media outlets to the malfunction at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. Cellphone users were asked to call 704-289-1591 in case of an emergency. The number connects to the county’s 911 center.

The malfunction was fixed as of Tuesday evening.

County seeks input on park master plan

The community is invited to comment on an online survey regarding Union County’s Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan.

The plan will eventually be submitted to commissioners and be used to recommend future parks and recreation growth in the county. The survey, located at www.surveymonkey.com/s/UCParksandRec, asks questions about what types of recreation facilities people commonly use, which of the county’s parks people frequent and how satisfied people are with current county facilities, among other questions.

The plan will be developed over the next six to eight months, according to a news release. Updates will be posted on the county’s website, www.co.union.nc.us, as the plan moves forward and public hearings are scheduled.

Rep. Pittenger establishes Union Co. hours

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger has begun holding consistent weekly office hours in Union County, according to a news release.

“Congressman Pittenger is very focused on providing excellent constituent service, and wants to make it easier for Union County residents to receive assistance with issues including Social Security, Medicare, VA, and passports …  or just stop by to offer opinions or ask questions,” the release read. “His Union County office hours will be led by a veteran Congressional staffer with more than a dozen years experience helping constituents navigate federal red tape.”

Pittenger’s office hours will be as follows:

• Waxhaw office hours, 209 W. South Main St. – Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon

• Stallings office hours, 315 Stallings Road – Tuesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

• Weddington office hours, 1924 Weddington Road – Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon

• Indian Trail office hours, 100 Navajo Trail – Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Pittenger’s staff believes this is the first time a congressman has offered regularly scheduled office hours in Union County, according to the release. Pittenger’s district covers much of Union County.

Four-town alliance still struggling to move forward

MINT HILL – Leaders in Mint Hill decided not to approve the bylaws Thursday, July 17, of the Alliance of South Charlotte Communities.

The alliance, which would include Indian Trail, Matthews and Stallings, in addition to Mint Hill, would work to bring commerce to the area and find projects and services the towns could work together on. The group has failed to move forward after months of discussions as the towns continue to hammer out the details of how the group would function and some town leaders express concerns about how much the alliance would benefit their individual municipalities.

Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers said Thursday that he was concerned over the voting power of the member-towns during discussions. Each of the three directors that represent each town would have an individual vote according to the current bylaws, but Biggers worries that, if not all Mint Hill’s representatives are present at a given meeting, another town will have more voting power simply because their members are present. He wants the bylaw to be changed so that each town has only one vote, so if one town has one appointee present, the alliance can vote on actions. Biggers also wanted to ensure that all towns have to be present for action votes, even if the meeting has a quorum.

Other concerns addressed in Mint Hill revolved around the name of the group and some terminology in the bylaws. The other three towns have already appointed their representatives to the group and are waiting on Mint Hill to move forward.

Blood drives to take place in early August

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas have a number of blood drives scheduled in August for Union County, including three soon.

Blood drives will be held:

• Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Carolinas Medical Center – Union, 600 Hospital Drive, Monroe

• Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Millbridge community, 1401 Millbridge Pkwy., Waxhaw

• Aug. 9, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Sun Valley 14, 6449 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail

Find more information at www.cbcc.us.

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