Matthews Receives Grant for New Community Garden

View Larger MapThe Town of Matthews has received a $3,000 grant to establish a new Community Garden. Currently the Town has one Community Garden which is located at 427 Covenant Church Lane.

The grant was given to the Town by the Nourishing North Carolina Program, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the NC Recreation & Park Association.

The Community Garden was established as a place where residents of Matthews who do not have space for a garden could plant flowers or vegetables. For $30 a year you can rent an 8’x6’ plot. The garden has been very popular since it was first established. Currently there is a waiting list for people who would like a plot.

Over the next few months the Town will work to identify a second Community Garden site and use the grant money to establish it.

For more information on the Community Garden contact the Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at 704-321-7275.

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Town extends deadline for land use plan survey

The town of Mint Hill has extended the deadline to take the land use plan survey to July 11.

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Click the town seal to take the survey.

Town Manager Brian Welch made the decision so that more citizens would have a chance to participate. The former deadline was June 20.

 

The survey gauges how citizens feel about future development in the town.

The information will then be used to help either tweak or start over the Comprehensive Land Use Plan that was drafted last year.

As of Monday, 600 people have taken the survey according to Town Planning Director Lee Bailey.

The draft of the plan drew stern criticism from some in town who thought there was too much allowance for higher density development, especially in the areas closest to Charlotte’s borders.

Mint Hill Board of Commissioner Lloyd Austin was on the board when the previous plan was enacted in 2000. He said he supported extending the survey date to July to give more people a chance to have their say.

The  process has been much more contentious than in 2000 according to Austin.

“It’s been a roller coaster,” Austin said. “I’m not for higher density, but there was a misunderstanding about what the plan was originally about. Overall, I think it was just a communication problem.” Continue reading

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New restaurant coming to Mint Hill

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The Mint Hill restaurant scene is growing. Brad Bowen, a resident of the town, is in the process of opening a full service restaurant and bakery called Palmetto Grill and Bakery at the location formerly operated by Mama’s Pizza in Mint Hill Pavilion.
This follows the recent opening of The Hill Bar and Grill in the location that was once occupied by Mint Hill Grill and Deli.
Bowen has spent much of the past 30 years either operating restaurants or working in the corporate side of the food service industry. The Olde Sycamore resident hopes to have his new venture open by the New restaurant coming to Mint Hill end of August.
The restaurant will feature fresh cut steaks and fish and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Bowen said he hopes to “bring to Mint Hill what it has been missing for years, an upscale, yet affordable family restaurant that serves made from scratch meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
The dinner menu will include Mahi Mahi, Bourbon Glazed Salmon, Red Striped Bass, Filet Mignon and Baby Back Ribs. Continue reading

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IBM employees volunteer at Blessed Assurance

The Mint Hill TimesBlessed Assurance Adult Day Care participated in IBM’s celebration of 100 years as a company on June 11 and 15. More than 75 employees from IBM in Charlotte contributed at 26 area non-profits in the region. As a part of this celebration, Melanie A. Tindley, Systems Availability Leader at IBM, reached out to Nate Huggins and Blessed Assurance and arranged for Senior Development Manager, Gary Brooks and Senior Software Engineer, John W. Medlin to conduct a complete technology inventory, comprehensive security audit and a total analysis and maintenance of the computer lab. Additionally, Tindley and Sammie Allam, Sales and Distribution Executive, prepped and painted several offices.

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Matthews names police and support persons of the year

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From left: Roy Sisk and Hubert Adams accept the awards from the Chamber of Commerce.

The officers of the Matthews Police Department have chosen Roy Sisk as the Police Officer of the Year and Hubert Adams, the Police Support Person of the Year. The Matthews Chamber of Commerce presented the awards.

Sgt. Roy Sisk joined the Matthews Police Department in 2003. He supervises the Patrol
Division and is a member of the Special Resource Team. A native of Alabama, Roy graduated from Wingate University with a B.S. degree and he completed his Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification at Western Piedmont Community College.

Before joining the Matthews Police Department he worked for eight years at the Marshville Police Department where he was a sergeant. Continue reading

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Two Republicans, two different opinions on CMS budget requests

It was a busy day for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools June 8. In one morning, school officials announced they had enough money to keep most of the full time positions they thought they may lose. And then came
the second bombshell: Peter Gorman announced he is resigning as superintendent and taking a job with News Corporation in New York.
Just one day before, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners voted to give CMS half of the $50 million the Board of Education had requested. The board voted 5-4 along party lines to give CMS $26 million in additional funds for the next school year. It was unclear to the Mecklenburg County board how much, if any, CMS would receive in state funding.The Mint Hill Times
However, the $26 million was not enough to cover the three most important items that CMS said it would fund first if it got additional money.
Gorman said that to keep class sizes lower, maintain student weighted staffing, and keep support positions such as literacy facilitators and media specialists, they would need $34 million. However, CMS’s
announcement last week noted the $26 million would indeed cover the total cost of keeping 570 positions.
“We will use the $26 million just as we told the county that we would,” said Chief Operating Officer Hugh Hattabaugh. “The $26 million will mean we don’t have to increase class sizes and we don’t have to
change our weighted student-staffing formula. Together those two items add up to $24 million – and we’ll apply the remaining $2 million to the next item in the tier, which is support staff in schools.”
While teachers who had already been given pink slips were delighted at the news that they would keep their jobs, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James, who represents the Mint Hill area, called foul.
“The whole thing was kabuki theater to whip up support from soccer moms,” James said this week. Continue reading

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