Growing Town Has No Sewer Service 1 hr ago

Jun 11, 2010 Full story: Charlotte Channel 9 8

A growing Union County town doesn't have sewer service, and it's causing major problems for the downtown area that local leaders hoped would thrive.

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native

AOL

#1 Jun 11, 2010
Perhaps if Becker hadn't blocked the sewer when the county had money there would be sewer in his paper town. The blame can be laid at his feet. Check out the only new business in town, Becker and company are trying to bill the owner of its only new small business $60,000, yes $60,000 for one old tree. As for the fire dept. they do have a problem however they created it and the county commissioners allowed it to happen and as usual the taxpayers are paying for it as they fund the fire department with fire taxes. The Mineral Springs Fire Dept. covers and area 6 times the size of the town of Mineral Springs, and has nothing to do with the town government and this new station could have been built in a more suitable location. If WSOC would open the eyes of their liberal cameras it would be awsesome.
fedup

Matthews, NC

#2 Sep 15, 2011
Amen to Native. If WSOC would look into what is really happening in Mineral Springs they would have the makings for a prime time soap opera
mineralspringsfa n

Fort Mill, SC

#3 Sep 15, 2011
Becker has stated many times that his sole goal as mayor of mineral springs is to stop all development and maintain the town as a bunch of farms that aren't profitable.

The only reason the town exists is so that he can be the town accountant and get paid a salary. The town provides no services at all. The only person who gets anything out of mineral springs is the mayor who gets PAID.

95 percent commercial vacancy rate? Becker- you are a FAILURE. go back to the northeast where you came from.
fedup

Matthews, NC

#4 Sep 17, 2011
Becker is not the only one getting paid well. The town clerk makes over $52,000 yes $52,000/yr, works M,Tue/Thur from 10-2:PM and spends at least an hour at the fire dept with her sole mate aledgely planting flowers. According to Becker, he works 20 hrs/wk and collects about $32K and this year due to his "Heavy work load" he plans to increase his hours to 30/wk which should give him about $40,000. On top of that Becker convinced "his co-conspirators on the council" to let he and the clerk get State retirement benefits which required the council to pay ten years back to the state for the two of them which is somewhere around $2,000/mo plus the towns share of their retirement which also includes dental insurance and he is working to get he and the clerk health insurance. Becker didn't stop there he is paying the firechief, who is not a Mineral Springs resident $60.00/hr to over see building a parking lot for horse trailers on McNeeley Rd. so his Gay friends can come down and party. Check out his MYSPACE page under his handle mid_life crisis or search for rick becker in lower case he will be on page 2 in his blue crotch rocket outfit. He has cleaned up his myspace page but if you look close you can still see where his lavender folder is. By the way Becker was appointed mayor by an act of the legislature in 1999 and with the help of the town attorney who also happens to be the chairman of the UC Board of Elections, he has eliminated the competition. Becker was also involved in a burgularly in NJ which he entered into a pretrial deversion with the DA to avoid a felony conviction in the '80's. If that wasn't enough the Florida State Patrol caught him with cocaine trying to help a group of his young associate's secure a wrecker with stolen credit cards to pull a stolen Bronco out of the mud in Broward Co., FLA.
Becker is a man with a 4 yr engeering degree from Cornell who has only worked as a teacher for a couple of yrs before he got fired, until he became the "mayor of Whoville in 99. His traffic record in NC which includes 4 DWI's and DWLR's and so many other charges that one has to wonder why he isn't permanently revoked.

Of course all of this was just good training for him to be mayor and town finance officer. It appears that BO took his traing from Becker.
mineralspringsfa n

Fort Mill, SC

#5 Sep 22, 2011
fedup, very interesting info! it appears becker is just a small town crook who moved to an even smaller town (which was not even a town at the time) to escape his criminal past. why am i not surprised.

back then everybody in union county, 100 of them transplants from the northeast were incporating paper towns and giving themselves fat salaries. it was known far and wife that north carolina was the place to go if you wanted to steal money from some dumb rednecks.
mineralspringsfa n

Fort Mill, SC

#6 Sep 22, 2011
I'm just curious here- but when Becker admits on TV that 95 percent of the businesses in Mineral Springs have left because his town can't provide services for them, what exactly is he doing as a tow finance officer? Whis is there a town clerk at all? Because apparently their of them do anything except take money from residents in the area, and then feel smug about it afterwards.

Is he running the local better business bureau ? bringing in companies to help the local economy? no? just sitting on his butt collecting money until he finally gets run out of town- yeah, that's pretty much it.
Concern citizen

Indian Trail, NC

#7 Sep 7, 2013
Do you have any proof? I had someone walk into my back yard and interrupted my evening with my family asking for $ for the fire department. T
She stated if I donate the fire department would respond faster, if I did not then they would send the rookies. WTF. I pay taxes, vehicle taxes and all the other BS fees they have here and still they enter your property and beg for more.
fedup wrote:
Becker is not the only one getting paid well. The town clerk makes over $52,000 yes $52,000/yr, works M,Tue/Thur from 10-2:PM and spends at least an hour at the fire dept with her sole mate aledgely planting flowers. According to Becker, he works 20 hrs/wk and collects about $32K and this year due to his "Heavy work load" he plans to increase his hours to 30/wk which should give him about $40,000. On top of that Becker convinced "his co-conspirators on the council" to let he and the clerk get State retirement benefits which required the council to pay ten years back to the state for the two of them which is somewhere around $2,000/mo plus the towns share of their retirement which also includes dental insurance and he is working to get he and the clerk health insurance. Becker didn't stop there he is paying the firechief, who is not a Mineral Springs resident $60.00/hr to over see building a parking lot for horse trailers on McNeeley Rd. so his Gay friends can come down and party. Check out his MYSPACE page under his handle mid_life crisis or search for rick becker in lower case he will be on page 2 in his blue crotch rocket outfit. He has cleaned up his myspace page but if you look close you can still see where his lavender folder is. By the way Becker was appointed mayor by an act of the legislature in 1999 and with the help of the town attorney who also happens to be the chairman of the UC Board of Elections, he has eliminated the competition. Becker was also involved in a burgularly in NJ which he entered into a pretrial deversion with the DA to avoid a felony conviction in the '80's. If that wasn't enough the Florida State Patrol caught him with cocaine trying to help a group of his young associate's secure a wrecker with stolen credit cards to pull a stolen Bronco out of the mud in Broward Co., FLA.
Becker is a man with a 4 yr engeering degree from Cornell who has only worked as a teacher for a couple of yrs before he got fired, until he became the "mayor of Whoville in 99. His traffic record in NC which includes 4 DWI's and DWLR's and so many other charges that one has to wonder why he isn't permanently revoked.
Of course all of this was just good training for him to be mayor and town finance officer. It appears that BO took his traing from Becker.
old timer

Monroe, NC

#8 Nov 5, 2013
sounds like extorsion (sp) to me... i lived in mineral springs years ago as a child.. other than the big fire dept and the petro it looks about the same as it did back in the late 80's .. i cant figure out why anyone would vote for the ones that have been in office for 10 yrs..

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