Matthews spends $3,600 on planning conference

The Town of Matthews spent $3,679.71 for the town commissioners’ annual planning retreat held in Ocean Isle Beach last month, town spokeswoman Annette Privette Keller said.

The total cost came in about $600 over estimated costs for the Feb. 24, 25 and 26 retreat. The cost was increased due to a breakfast commissioners hosted with Matthews Chamber of Commerce members before leaving town Friday, Feb. 24, Privette Keller said.

Matthews spent $2,728 on the conference last year, which included renting a beach house, meals and gas during the four-hour trip to Ocean Isle. Last year’s total though was about $1,070 less than what was spent in 2010 hosting the meeting in Matthews with catered meals by Matthews’ Mellorina’s Catering and Santé Resturant, Privette Keller said previously. The 2009 retreat was held at town hall for a total of $1,875, according to town records. In 2008, the town board held a two-day conference at a resort in Southern Pines, spending about $10,000.

In comparison, Mint Hill spent about $180 total on breakfast, snacks and one lunch for town commissioners during their 2010 retreat in Pineville, which offered a free meeting room. Mint Hill hasn’t set a planning retreat this year.

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