A Cornelius-based developer’s request has raised the ire of some Mint Hill town officials. Randy Humphrey Associates, developer of the 48-house Morgan Run subdivision in Mint Hill, is seeking permission to tear down a wooden pedestrian bridge that spans a small creek at the edge of the town’s Park on Wilgrove. The bridge was built about five years ago on town property, without town permission and has steps, rendering it inaccessible to the handicapped. Town officials have been pushing to get the bridge in compliance with town code since then.

Managed by Mint Hill-based Longview Association Management, Morgan Run houses were built by M/I Homes beginning in 2006.

Randy Humphrey Associates employee Alan Perry told town commissioners at their Feb. 10 meeting that the Morgan Run Home Owners’ Association had asked the developer to take down the bridge. The association, Perry said, can’t afford to maintain the bridge and is worried about vandalism. The same goes for walking paths inside the subdivision, which connect to the bridge, he said.

Gabe Stefanescu, association president, said this week the bridge is “not a big deal for us.” The association did vote in October to remove walking paths on subdivision property and prevent others from being added because of maintenance and vandalism concerns, he said.

“We actually like having the bridge there, but I understand the bridge doesn’t (comply) with the town rules,” Stefanescu said. Association officials expect the developer to resolve the issue with the town, he added.