Matthews will de-annex nine properties


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The lots in yellow along Community Park Drive will soon become a part of Stallings.


It’s not too often you see a town de-annex, but that’s what’s happening in Matthews. Nine lots on Community Park Drive will be de-annexed by the town. Stallings will in turn will take them over. Residents along the road asked to be de-annexed because it makes more sense to utilize Stallings town services and not Matthews. That’s because the street starts in Stallings, but dead ends in Matthews. Hazen Blodgett, town manager of Matthews, said in a memo that the town will  benefit in the long run, noting that it is “not conducive for the Town of Matthews to provide garbage pickup, police protection and Fire & EMS service.”

He said Fire & EMS Chief Green estimates the response time for fire and EMS to the area is an additional three minutes time from Monroe Road. The town will lose about $800 in property taxes by de-annexing.


Take the 2011 Mint Hill Future Land Use plan survey



Want to add input in how Mint Hill will look decades from now? Go to the Mint Hill town hall website and take the 2011 Mint Hill Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

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Click the town seal for the link to the survey.



New bus service will connect Mint Hill and Matthews


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Here are the stop for the new bus service in Mint Hill and Matthews.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) announced last week it has a two year grant to operate a shuttle two days per week in the Matthews and Mint Hill area. The shuttle will operated Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 4:30 pm. CATS is flexible in terms of time adjustments, but must know relatively quickly to get the service up and running by June. The current stops are: Lawyer’s Glen Living Center, Mint Hill Festival Shopping Center (stop at Lawyers/Hwy.51), Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care Center, Levine Senior Center (on Northwest Parkway unless inside complex lot is better), Windsor Square Shopping Center/Sycamore Commons Shopping Center (on Windsor Square Dr.) and the Park and Ride near Sam Newell Road/Independence Pt. Parkway to allow connections to other transit bus services throughout Mecklenburg County.
The CATS Transit Planner, Ramond Robinson, 704-353-0018, has some flexibility with adding more stops, but needs to get some idea of the ridership interest in this community. The cost to ride this shuttle is $0.70 one way ($0.35 for seniors and disabled). The Mint Hill – Matthews Shuttle is scheduled to begin the week of June 6, 2011. Interested parties should call 704-353-0018 for more information.


Help Independence High School athletic booster club this weekend

The Mint Hill Times Organizers are calling it one of the largest athletic fundraisers in the Independence High School’s history. Volunteers will be monitoring the Suite Level at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during race week, checking for tickets and wristbands at the speedway.

There are several shifts they need to fill quickly. They need 25 volunteers this Friday, May 20 to work from 2 pm until 11 pm and need 50 persons this Saturday May 21 to work from 1pm until 11:30 pm.

The following week they need 25 persons on Thursday, May 26th to work from 3pm until 9pm and then 50 persons on Saturday and Sunday (May 28th & 29th). Saturday the 28th shifts are from 8 am until 6 pm. Sunday May 29 shifts are from 11.30 am until 11:30 pm

Volunteers have to be at least 17 years of age.

If you are willing to help or have questions please email Coach Lewis

Also, the Athletic Booster Club will be selling shirts, etc during lunches on Thursdays and Fridays for the next three weeks. They will be selling out different lines to get ready for a new year of Spirit Wear.

Here are a few more details provided by the school about volunteering at the speedway:


Parking – we can park in employee lot which is Lot R and there are continuous shuttles to the front of the track, so parking is free. We can take a bus from the school if everyone agrees to do that.

Uniform – everyone wears khakis and they provide
the shirts.

Drinks – water is provided to workers, food is up
to us, we can bring cooler of food in if we want and
they will store it for us.


Pellet gun, pot and a knife found in car of Rocky River student

Mint Hill Police have been busy at Rocky River High School. The school, which opened this year, has had one of the highest arrest rates in CMS in 2010-2011. On Tuesday, a school resource officer at Rocky River received an anonymous tip that a student had several weapons and marijuana in a vehicle that was parked on the campus of the school. The SRO notified school administrators and had the suspect brought to his office. Once there, the student was advised of the information that was received and escorted to his vehicle by the SRO and school administrators. A search of the vehicle was conducted and the SRO located  approximately 17.5 grams of marijuana, a pellet gun (which resembled a .45 caliber handgun), and a 12” Bowie Knife. The student, James M. Denton, was taken into custody and charged with two counts bringing a weapon onto school grounds and one count of Possession of Marijuana, both are misdemeanors.