In addition to the recent ordinance requiring anyone wishing to host a parade or picket in Matthews to follow new rules, including paying a $100 fee, the Board of Commissioners approved a new ordinance prohibiting camping and other activities on public property.
Both changes come in advance of the Democratic National Convention, which will take place in Charlotte in September.
Mint Hill passed similar ordinance in May, banning overnight camping on town-owned property. Mint Hill’s ordinance, however, does not charge a fee.
During a meeting Monday, Aug. 13, Matthews commissioners unanimously approved the adoption of an ordinance amending Chapter 130, which would prevent camping, construction of temporary shelters and lighting campfires or bonfires on public property, except as specifically authorized by a permit.
The ordinance also prohibits possession of obstruction devices and placing objects in roadways or public right-of-way as well as possessing or throwing “noxious substances,” such as garbage. The ordinance also provides the Matthews Police Department with the authorization to establish police lines and barricades in order to preserve the public peace, arrest offenders and protect the rights of people and property.