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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Tucker: design bill lacks ‘teeth’

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Sen. Tommy Tucker

A bill that would limit the guidelines municipalities can have in dictating the look of homes is now in committee in the state house. If passed, it could have repercussions for municipalities across the state.
Senate Bill 731, named the Zoning/Design and Aesthetic Controls bill, passed the senate on May 17 by a vote of 38-10. It was introduced by Mecklenburg County Senator Dan Clodfelter and seeks to “clarify when a municipality or a county may enact zoning ordinances related to design and aesthetic controls.”
The bill is now in committee in the state house awaiting a vote that will send it to the floor. Representatives will then vote again and send it back to the senate for the final vote.
State Senator Tommy Tucker (Dist. 35), who represents the Mint Hill area, said the version of the bill that came of the senate was softened and lacked the “teeth” it once had. He said that is why he voted for it.
“The paragraph that was limiting to municipalities was taken out,” he said. “This is a gut check for both entities—builders and municipalities.”
He said there has been very little response to the bill from the public or towns and acknowledged that towns don’t always know what’s happening in Raleigh.
Both Mint Hill and Matthews town leadership crafted a letter that voiced opposition to the bill. It will be sent to state legislators who represent the area. Continue reading

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Matthews announces a new app for mobile phones

The Town of Matthews has released a mobile application that will allow citizens to have instant access to the Town’s website, to report items such as a pothole or a malfunctioning traffic light. The MyMatthews Application is free and is available for IPhones and Droids now. A version for Blackberry and independent devices is coming soon.

“We are always exploring ways to better communicate with our citizens. This mobile app allows people on the go to quickly access information about the Town or to reach us about a concern they may have,” said Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor. “The application will allow our organization to use cutting edge technology to be even more efficient.” Continue reading

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Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews honors the military

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From left to right: Keynote speaker and Brigadier General (Retired), Gary Wilfong; President of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews, Roland Bibeau; President & CEO Presbyterian Healthcare, Mark Billings; Mint Hill Town Manager, Brian Welch; Mint Hill Mayor, Ted Biggers; Indian Trail Mayor, John Quinn; Matthews Mayor, Jim Taylor; Matthews Town Manager, Hazen Blodgett.

Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony last Thursday. The hospital honored veterans and currently-serving military personnel. The ceremony featured an aerial demonstration, wreath laying ceremony, recognition of the Armed Services and service anthems performed by the Sun Valley High School Band. Special remarks were offered by Brigadier General Gary Wilfong of the United States Air Force (Ret). Event guests included employees, physicians, hospital leadership, volunteers, patients and guests. In addition, the mayors of Matthews, Mint Hill and Indian Trail were all in attendance.

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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.

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Students create art to show how they would prevent violence

The Mint Hill Times Students from Matthews Elementary School recently participated in a Silence the Violence Poster Contest. The contest is sponsored annually by the Matthews Police Department. Students are asked to tell a story on how they will work to prevent violence using their artistic skills.

Winners of the contest are invited to spend the day shadowing the Mayor, Town Manager, Police Chief, Fire & EMS Chief, Town Clerk and other department heads in
the Town.

This year’s winners were:Front Row (left to right): Emma Banner, Lena Jarieh, Laila Ghniem, and Kaitlin Novak. Back row (left to right): Caittrin Sturdahl, Matheus Sadovsky, Emily Pureza, Max Hester-Newman and Julia McGann.

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