Mint Hill donates old town hall furniture
Boy Scout Troop 65 is now the proud owner of unwanted furniture from the old Mint Hill Town Hall.
Town commissioners approved of the donation during their Jan. 24 meeting. The troop, based at Mint Hill’s Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, will receive: a desk, credenza, 10 guest chairs, side table, bookshelf, sofa, small conference table, 24 stacking chairs with roller, desk chair and cork/bulletin board. The troop is responsible for disassembling, moving and reassembling the furniture.
The Mint Hill Police Department, which will soon be housed in the building at 7151 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, will use much of the building’s furniture and office equipment. A bid opening for the building’s renovation is planned for Feb. 12.
Other Mint Hill nonprofits interested in any remaining unwanted furniture should call Town Manager Brian Welch at 704-545-9727.
Matthews OKs increased penalties for tall grass, weeds
Repeat violators of the Town of Matthews’ noxious weeds and grass ordinance will now fork out more money.
Town commissioners approved the measure during their Monday, Jan. 28 meeting.
The newly-adopted ordinance requires second-time violators to pay an additional $100 to the town, third-time violators to pay a $150 fee and those who have four or more violations to pay $200 per subsequent violation. If the charges aren’t paid within 30 days upon receipt of the bill, the town considers the funds the same as unpaid taxes.
The previous ordinance stated that if a person violated the town’s noxious weeds and grass policy, the town would cut the grass and bill the property owner for the cost of time and materials plus 10 percent.
The change is necessary because the town “charged less than a landscaper would for mowing a lawn, so there was no incentive on the part of a violator to keep their property presentable,” spokeswoman Annette Privette Keller said previously.
Improvements coming to Matthews medians
Matthews residents and commuters can expect to see a “sprucing up” of the medians along Matthews Township Parkway.
Town commissioners approved allocating $4,000 for the project at their Monday, Jan. 28, meeting. The money will come from the town’s tourism fund, which is supported by hotel and motel occupancy and prepared-food and beverage taxes.
Last month, commissioners approved a turf management option that will strengthen existing turfs along the medians of N.C. 51 through incremental conversions. The method will work to improve existing grasses through fertilizer, aeration and lime application. The town also will be able to do selective conversions for areas with thin turfs or other issues. Mayor Jim Taylor said he’d like to see the project start as soon as possible.
The project costs significantly less than the two other options the town considered: converting the turf to Bermuda or fescue grass, both of which would cost the town $11,000 to implement and another $7,000 annually.
Commissioners also voted at the meeting to appropriate $184,000 of the town’s tourism funds for a “wayfinding project” that will bring color to the medians along N.C. 51 and U.S. 74. The funds will cover the planting of knockout roses, Youpon holly and variegated uripoe along the medians to incorporate the color red into the town.
Town Communications Director Annette Privette Keller said the project is to make highly visible gateway areas within the town more attractive to visitors and citizens. The town will pay $10,000 to $15,000 annually to maintain these areas.
Win free wedding flowers!
Calvin and Ana Young feel blessed.
He’s a Matthews Police officer and she’s a floral designer and owner of Silvia’s Floral Design. The devoted parents recently celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary.
And it’s time once again, the Matthews couple says, to give back.
For the third time, the Youngs are partnering with Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly to give one lucky area couple up to $513 of free wedding flowers through Ana’s business. She has 17 years of floral design experience with Young’s Flower Cart, owned by Calvin Young’s parents.
Entry into the contest, though, requires a little work. We want to hear your love story, in 500 words or less. Entries will be published, as space allows, in upcoming issues of Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly and the Youngs will choose the winning couple.
To enter, email your love story to firstname.lastname@example.org, noting Wedding Bells in the subject line. Please include your name, town/city and phone number and attach a photo of you and your fiancé. Entries are due by due by 5 p.m. Feb. 22. Find Silvia’s Floral Design online at www.facebook.com or call 704-661-9406.