Matthews to complete work on streets this summer

The Town of Matthews will continue its maintenance on Town streets this summer. The first project includes patching streets in the Heathers subdivision area. McCollum and Associates won the bid to do the work. The bid was $59,200, plus the ability to add additional streets if needed. McCollum and Associates have worked successfully on street projects in the Town previously. This work is underway. Continue reading

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Matthews passes 2009-2010 budget

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The Matthews Board of Commissioners has approved the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 budget. This budget focuses on maintaining current services for citizens during this economic recession without increasing any fees or the property tax rate.

The approved budget for the Town is $17,914,505. This is $512,122 less or a 2.78% decrease from the 2008-09 budget. There are no proposed tax or fee increases in the budget. The tax rate will remain at .3325 cents per $100 valuation. “This is a difficult time for everyone. Revenues have dropped as sales tax and our other sources of income have dropped. This year’s budget reflects our efforts to maintain the services we provide to our citizens. We are holding our own with this budget. We are deferring or delaying equipment, vehicles, staff training, and employee items until the economy improves,” said Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett.

The Town is projecting a 2 percent decrease in property tax revenues and a 9.2 percent decrease in sales and excise tax revenues. “We are monitoring our revenues very closely and will make adjustments to the budget if necessary. Just like everyone else we are hopeful that the economy will stabilize and we will be able to accomplish all of our goals this year.” Continue reading

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Pipe project coming to downtown Matthews in June

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Starting June 15, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities contractor will replace and extend an existing 8-inch sewer pipe that serves several downtown businesses near the Trade Street/John Street intersection in the heart of downtown Matthews.

The project, expected to last up to two weeks, will involve a 4-day traffic detour from June 15-18, between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. The new sewer pipe needs to be replaced to alleviate service problems with the existing line. Building the new line a little bit longer than the current one will allow additional downtown businesses an alternative way to connect to the system and enhance their existing sewer service. Continue reading

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Matthews to discuss boundaries for high schools

A Community Forum on Public Education will be held at 7 p., this Sunday, June 7, at Matthews Town Hall. Anyone who would like to voice an opinion on public education issues, and the proposed CMS high school boundaries is invited to attend.

Matthews Mayor Lee Myers will moderate the meeting. This is not an official Matthews Town Board meeting. However, members of the Town Council are interested in hearing what the public has to say regarding issues pertaining to education. At 7 pm on Monday, June 8, during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Matthews Town Board, the board will discuss and consider action on the proposed CMS pupil assignment plan.

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New classes offered at Matthews Crews Recreation Center

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Two new classes will be offered at the Crews Road Recreation Center in Matthews: Line Dancing and Linercise.

Line Dancing: Learn easy and fun-to-do line dance steps to a variety of music such as Big Band Era, Broadway Show tunes and Country. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary and no partner needed. Wear comfortable shoes, preferably with smooth soles. Class is on Wednesdays, from 4-5 pm, beginning June 3. Cost is $3 per class.

Linercise: A low-impact, up-tempo line dancing class with stretching, light weights lifting and moves to improve your breathing and balance. It’s a light-hearted class done to fun music. Class is on Mondays, 4-5 pm, beginning June 1. Cost is $3 per class.

For more information call the center at 704-708-4405.

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Suspect arrested in Carmel Baptist Church break in

getimagefromdbbyWilliam Jared Harrison, 21, of 1409 Ashstead Lane, of Matthews, has been arrested following an incident at Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews. Around 2 am Friday morning Matthews Police Officers responded to an alarm at the church facility. Once they arrived they were able to apprehend Harrison.

He has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and additional charges are pending. Harrison has a lengthy criminal history. The church was broken into on Wednesday night as well. Electronics were stolen including flat screen televisions. Harrison is also a suspect in this break-in. Continue reading

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