Construction of Kay Plyler park begins in November

Kay Plyler

Kay Plyler

Construction on the newest park in Matthews will begin this November. You can be a part of this project by purchasing a customized brick for only $50.

The park will be dedicated in memory of Kay Plyler, the former Assistant Town Manager of Matthews, who died tragically in 2008. The official name of the park will be KP Park – Kay’s family and friends called her “KP”.

The pocket park will be built at the intersection of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Matthews Station Street – adjacent to Matthews Town Hall. The park will be a small area where people may gather, relax and enjoy the outdoors. The park will have benches, a pergola, plants and trees. A sculpture with an equestrian theme will also be included in the park. The sculpture honors Kay’s love of horses. Continue reading

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Matthews project will receive assistance from state

The N.C. Community Conservation Assistance Program will offer the Matthews technical and financial assistance through a cost sharing program as part of the renovation of the old Public Works Facility site. The State funded program is administered by the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The site is part of The Four Mile Creek Greenway that will be built jointly by the Town of Matthews and Mecklenburg County.

The ultimate goal of this program is to implement Best Management Practices to protect and improve water quality. The cost sharing program will aid the Matthews in replacing asphalt at the former Public Works Facility and returning the area to its natural state by using native grasses, trees, and plantings. The cost sharing program is expected to save the Town $10,000. The removal of this asphalt and replacing it with native vegetation will result in better control of storm water run off. Plans call for this site to have educational signage on the ecological benefits of the changes to the area, a compost demonstration area, a butterfly garden and much more.

Construction of the greenway is expected to begin this September and take one year to complete. The Greenway will encompass over two miles of path composed of paved trails, boardwalk, neighborhood entrances and pedestrian bridges. The County will construct the Greenway from run East John Street to Brenham Lane and from Four Mile Creek north to the former Matthews Public Works Facility. The Matthews will construct a connector path for this site back to South Trade Street to complete the project. The Greenway will connect many neighborhoods, Squirrel Lake Park, Matthews Elementary School, Matthews Community Center and will provide alternate access to downtown Matthews.

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Matthews investments pave way to future

In 2008-09 the Town of Matthews spent approximately $750,000 to build new sidewalks, repair sidewalks, patch and pave streets in the Town. The Town uses monies from the state Powell Bill Fund, along with a $15 town “tag fee” that all residents pay annually, to cover the costs of these infrastructure projects. Continue reading

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Matthews seeks input from public with town survey

How do you describe the Town of Matthews to your coworkers, family, and friends? Why do you live here or operate your business in the Town?

The Town has launched an initiative to answer these questions and is asking the community to help. The Town has an online survey which will aid in this process. To access the survey go to www.matthewsnc.com. Please fill out the survey by July 31.

“We are striving to find out what makes us a great Town and what do we need to improve upon,” said Communications Director Annette Privette Keller “From this research we will develop our brand – a communications and marketing plan in order to recruit and retain businesses and jobs.”

Brands are used to develop a logo and key message points for the Town. By using a brand consistently, it incorporates messages in all Town departments, activities, and signage. “Our brand is our calling card. It is a way of succinctly articulating our message and what we are all about,” continued Keller. “The brand will be used in the promotion of the Town and in its marketing efforts as we work to recruit businesses and retain businesses in the Town. A branding Initiative also gives citizens a way to demonstrate their support and love of their town even if it is as simple as buying a t-shirt with the brand on it.”

Contact Annette Privette Keller, Matthews Communications Director at 704-847-4411 ext. 230 if you have any questions.

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Suspect sought in Matthews theft

qs5Matthews Police are seeking a suspect in an auto break-in at Quantum Security, located off Independence Boulevard. A suspect broke into a company van and stole a number of cordless power tools. Security cameras at the site were able to capture photos of the suspect. Continue reading

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The Four Mile Creek Greenway soon to be a reality

The Four Mile Creek Greenway will soon be a reality in Matthews following approval of a unique financial agreement between the Town of Matthews and Mecklenburg County.

“We want to extend our appreciation to the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners for agreeing to this unique financial partnership. By cooperatively working together the people of Matthews and Mecklenburg County will soon be able to enjoy a greenway while capitalizing on a favorable building climate. It is a win-win for all of us,” said Matthews Mayor Lee Myers. Continue reading

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