Matthews town manager delivers budget to the board

There will be no tax or fee increase in the town of Matthews if the town board approves the budget submitted to them Monday by Town Manager Hazen Blodgett. The fiscal year 2011-2012 budget proposed by Blodgett would be $18,517,074. The budget reflects a revenue neutral tax rate due to the county’s property revaluation.  Revenue neutral is the tax rate that will bring in the same amount of tax revenue as the current tax rate and is increased to reflect growth in the tax base between reappraisals.

Town Board members will make a decision on the tax rate and the Town budget before June 30, 2011 as required by state law.

“We continue to experience the effects of the recession with limited revenues. Over the last two years we have made significant cuts to our budget. We have put off purchasing equipment and resources as well as not replacing vacant positions,” said Blodgett. “In this year’s budget we have been able to include some items that we have put off replacing as we expect to see a slight increase in our revenues and we do not want to experience any negative impact to the services we provide our citizens.”

A public hearing will be held on the budget on May 23 at 7 pm. Continue reading

Town of Matthews seeks committee members

The Town of Matthews Appearance/Tree Advisory Committee has an opening for a new member and theThe Mint Hill Times Transportation Advisory Committee has two openings for new members.

Meetings of the Appearance/Tree Advisory Committee are held on the third Monday of every month at 7 pm at the Matthews Community Center.

Meetings of the Transportation Advisory Committee are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Public Works facility, 1600 Tank Town Road. Continue reading


Update on stabbing in Matthews

From Matthews Police:

At approximately 6:45 AM on Thursday April 14, 2011, a person was stabbed in hishome on Campus Ridge Rd. The victim and suspect are friends and had been consuming alcohol priorto the assault. The two got into a verbal argument that escalated to a physical altercation. At some pointduring the fight the victim was stabbed twice. The victim was considered in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries at the scene by responding officers. He was transported by MEDIC to Carolina’sMedical Center in Charlotte. The suspect was still at the home when officers arrived, and was taken intocustody without incident.
The suspect has been identified as Justin Scott Thompson (w/m d.o.b. 2/14/1985). He has beentransported to the Mecklenburg County Jail and charged with: Assault With a Deadly Weapon InflictingSerious Injury with Intent to Kill.
The victim is Dwight Gordon Green (w/m d.o.b. 9/6/1983) of Matthews NC. An update on his conditionwas not available from the police department at the time of this release.


Stabbing in Matthews leaves one person in ‘serious’ condition

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One person was stabbed this morning in Matthews after a fight at a home on Campus Ridge Road near CPCC, police reported. The two people, who police said were partying all night, began arguing this morning when one person was stabbed by the other. The victim was transported to CMC-Main with “serious” injuries. The other person was arrested. These people are in their late 20s and police believe they are not CPCC students.


Dennis Green named Matthews Fire and EMS Chief


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Dennis Green

The Town of Matthews has a new fire and EMS chief. Dennis Green, a resident of Mint Hill, was named to the post on Monday. Green has worked for the Town of Matthews since 1991 when he was named Chief of the EMS Department. He has served as Deputy Chief of the Town’s Fire and EMS Department since 2008 and Interim Fire Chief for the last three months.

“Dennis’ experience in emergency management and his leadership skills will serve him well as he leads staff and volunteers at the Matthews Fire and EMS Department,” said Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett. Continue reading


Weekend accident kills Butler student


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A Butler student was killed in a car accident Friday night. Police say that a black Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck driven by Michael Dimaggio had overturned several times on Pleasant Plains Road near Chesswood Drive in Matthews. The crash was reported around 8:15 pm. The driver, who was the only occupant of the truck, had been ejected from the vehicle on impact with a tree. He suffered massive fatal injuries upon impact.

Dimaggio lived on Bumble Bee Drive in Matthews.

According to witnesses that saw the crash occur, along with evidence investigators found at the scene, it appears the truck was traveling north on Pleasant Plains Road at a high rate of speed when it drove off the side of the road for no known reason. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found at the scene.
Investigators will be checking to see if there were drugs and alcohol in the driver’s system at the time of the crash. The investigation is still in the early stages.

Moments before the crash was reported, Matthews Police Dispatch received information that there was a black pick-up truck driving reckless and speeding in the same area.

Visitation is today from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home in Matthews.  Dimaggio’s funeral is set for Wednesday morning at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne.