What’s closed for Labor Day?
The Labor Day holiday Monday, Sept. 3, means changes in Matthews and Mint Hill.
Matthews Town Hall and Crews Recreation Center will be closed Monday, Sept. 3. The Matthews Community Center, however, will be open for the Matthews Alive! festival.
Garbage, yard waste and recycling collections will operate on a regular schedule.
The Mint Hill Town Hall and police department administrative offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3. Garbage, yard waste and recycling collections will operate on a one-day delay.
All Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library branches will be closed Sept. 3.
Sam Newell bridge open
The bridge on Sam Newell Road near Crown Point Elementary is now open.
Two of the bridge’s three lanes opened to motorists last week, Brian Davis, North Carolina Department of Transportation assistant resident engineer said in a memo to the Town of Matthews. Work will continue on the third land behind a barrier wall, he said.
Crews began work on the $1.5 million project in early April to replace the circa-1945 bridge. When completed, the new bridge will include sidewalks on both sides and is being designed to accommodate a future town greenway, which will run underneath the bridge.
Partial closings could continue into next year, as landscaping work is planned through March 2013, department spokeswoman Jen Thompson said previously.
Matthews OKs business grants
New and existing Matthews businesses can now apply for Economic Development Incentive Grants for projects that mean big-dollar investments in town.
Town commissioners approved the grant policy, drafted by the town’s volunteer Economic Development Advisory Committee, during their Monday, Aug. 27 meeting. Commissioners hope the grants will allow the town to increase and diversify the local property tax base, expand employment opportunities, improve wages, retention and expansion of existing businesses and attract new businesses, according to a news release.
“I think this is an excellent start,” Commissioner Suzanne Gulley said, adding she would like to consider adding new job creation requirements or other stipulations on the grants. “We absolutely need to do something like this. It’s our future.”
The grants are split into two categories: basic and small business.
Businesses who apply for a basic grant must make a minimum $1.5 million investment in the town and could receive at least 75 percent of the tax revenue off that investment back as a grant over a four-year period.
Businesses who apply for a small business grant must make a minimum $500,000 investment and could receive at least 75 percent of the tax revenue off that investment back as a grant over a three-year period.
Businesses looking to add jobs must commit to employing people at or above the average Mecklenburg County wages and operate for more than one year before they will receive the grant, according to a news release.
But grant amounts and how the grants are structured will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the board of commissioners, Assistant Town Manager Jamie Justice said. The policy is intentionally vague to give the board flexibility, he said. Grants will be considered as they are received and there is no deadline to apply.
The town is spreading the word about the new program on its website, www.matthewsnc.com, and via an economic development e-newsletter available by signing up on the website under the “Join our e-News tab,” Justice said.
For more information or to apply for a grant, call Jamie Justice at 704-847-4411, ext. 233, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthews to test free WiFi, live feed downtown
The Town of Matthews will offer free WiFi in Stumptown Park and a live video feed of the park during the 20th annual Matthews Alive! festival Friday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 3.
The town worked with Windstream for both projects and no password is needed to access the WiFi in the park, 120 S. Trade St. The live video feed is available at www.matthewsnc.gov by clicking on the webcam button in the bottom left of the homepage.
This year’s festival also marks the first use of newly constructed public restrooms adjacent to the park in the former Bradford Clinic.
An article in the Aug. 17 to 23 issue gave the incorrect mailing address for the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Donations for its Mint Hill Cares program can be sent to: P.O. Box 23065, Charlotte, NC 28227.
Limited farmers’ market hours
The nonprofit Matthews Community Farmers’ Market will shorten its hours Saturday, Sept. 1 due to the Matthews Alive! festival parade.
The market, 188 N. Trade St., will be open 7:15 to 9 a.m. and return to its normal operating hours of 7:15 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8, according to Pauline Wood, market manager.
Volunteer ‘hunks’ needed for women’s run
The Charlotte Ramblin’ Rose Women’s Half Marathon is looking for 25 area “hunks” to help during the annual event.
The selected Ramblin’ Hunks will receive a $20 Run For Your Life gift card. Their role during the Saturday, Sept. 29 event includes handing out finisher medals, posing for photos and cheering on the runners.
The ‘Ramblin’ Hunks Casting Call’ will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at two Run For Your Life stores: Dilworth, 2422 Park Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and South Park, 4722 Sharon Road, suite G, from 4 to 6 p.m.
“While the Charlotte Ramblin’ Rose is geared for women, there are plenty of opportunities for men to be involved in the event,” said Tim Rhodes, owner of Run For Your Life and race director of the Charlotte Ramblin’ Rose. “Whether guys want to run in the race or be one of our official ‘Ramblin’ Hunks,’ their participation is helping celebrate the empowerment of women.”
As part of North Carolina’s first women’s half marathon series, the Charlotte Ramblin’ Rose Half Marathon event is designed for women, but men are welcome to register and run as escorts. Men and women are encouraged to register for the five-mile run. For every two men who register for the race, Run For Your Life will create a scholarship for one woman.
Entry fees for the half marathon are: $65 until Sept. 1, $75 Sept. 2 to 28, and $90 on race day. The five- mile run is $30 until Sept. 1; $35 Sept. 2 to 28, and $45 on race day. Online registration is available until Sept. 27 at 11:59 p.m. and in-person registration is available at all four Run For Your Life locations.
The race will take place at Memorial Stadium, 301 North Kings Drive in Charlotte.
For more information, visit http://ramblinroseevents.com/charlotte-run/ or email RamblinHunks@runforyourlife.com.