More Habitat homes coming to Matthews
Habitat for Humanity of Matthews will build seven more homes on Matthews School Road.
Matthews town commissioners voted Monday, March 25 to approve a request from the nonprofit to rezone land Habitat Matthews currently owns to allow the nonprofit to build seven homes on the remaining undeveloped land. The previous zoning only provided for five houses on the property.
Habitat Matthews originally requested eight homes to be built on the property for a total of 27 homes along Matthews School Road, but commissioners requested the nonprofit reduce the number by one, allowing a total of 26 Habitat houses on that street.
Terrell Blackmon, executive director of Habitat Matthews, said at the meeting the nonprofit was “agreeable” to commissioners’ request. Habitat will host a groundbreaking for the nonprofit’s 100th home in Matthews at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 13.
Towns vote for local authority
The towns of Matthews and Mint Hill will be sending a message to Raleigh in support of local government authority.
Both towns recently approved resolutions to support local control.
Matthews commissioners approved a resolution Monday, March 25 that will be delivered to the N.C. General Assembly. The resolution is a joint statement between the Matthews and Town of Mint Hill, both of whom believe the General Assembly has in recent years “eroded” the control of local governments by “stripping or limiting” local government authority, according to the resolution.
The resolution states the towns are “opposed to any measures that would further limit the degradation of the rights of local government as are needed to provide services and protection to their residents and their property.”
Mint Hill commissioners were expected to pass the resolution at their Thursday, March 28 meeting but results of their vote weren’t available by press time.
Mint Hill commissioners did approve a similar resolution March 14 stating their opposition to N.C. House Bill 150 on the basis that the bill would restrict municipalities’ authority to enforce design controls through local ordinances. Mint Hill already has ordinances in place concerning design and placement of residential structures and the town “places great value on quality design and architecture and sustained community character,” according to the resolution.
Mint Hill welcomes new firefighters
The Town of Mint Hill recently added to its ranks at the fire department.
The new employees are Matt Raborn, Hans Speck and David Trivette.
The 24-year-old resident of Cabarrus County’s Mount Pleasant comes to Mint Hill with almost four years of experience working with Stanly County EMS. The paramedic also served as a volunteer with the Ridgecrest Volunteer Fire Department in Locust.
Raborn got the firefighting bug growing up near a Ridgecrest volunteer. He joined his neighbor at the fire station one day as a teenager and was hooked.
“I didn’t know what I’d think of it, but I loved it and I’ve loved it ever since,” he said, adding he enjoys helping his community through fire-rescue.
He’s excited to work in Mint Hill because of the unique combination fire-EMS service, he said. Raborn earned his firefighting certificate from Rowan Community College and his paramedic certificate from Stanly Community College. He’s a West Stanly High School graduate and has one sister, Heather. His parents, Chris and Dawn, live in Albemarle.
He and his wife, Brandy, have a black Labrador retriever named R.J.
A Waxhaw native, Speck says he appreciates the “small-town feel” of Mint Hill.
“It’s been a great welcome,” he said. “There’s very much of a brotherhood here. The emergency services culture is very family-oriented and I think that’s what I really enjoy.”
Speck, 28, is a paramedic who’s volunteered with the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department since 2005 and has worked with Union EMS and Piedmont EMS since earning his paramedic certificate from South Piedmont Community College in 2007. He’s a graduate of Monroe’s Parkwood High School.
For almost the past two years, Speck has worked at Charlotte’s U.S. National Whitewater Center managing the climbing wall and zip line. The job matched well with his passion for being outdoors and in his spare time Speck enjoys hiking, backpacking and long-distance running.
But Speck said he was eager to return to a full-time job in emergency services.
“I love being able to make a difference in the community and, for the most part, not being recognized for it. And I’m completely OK with that,” he said.
Speck and his wife, Hannah – who also volunteers with Waxhaw – have a 3-year-old daughter, Ava, and a 9-month-old daughter, Harper. The family has an English Mastiff named Bristol and attend Elevation Church’s Blakeney campus where Speck volunteers with the children’s ministry.
A 43-year-old paramedic, Trivette works in honor of his father who died after going into cardiac arrest at a golf driving range.
“What drives me is to honor the memory of my father,” he said. “I want to help so somebody else doesn’t have to go through that.”
Trivette, who got married this month in Ireland, left a job in engineering sales and marketing to become a paramedic eight years ago. He comes to Mint Hill after working for Cabarrus County EMS and has previously worked with Midland Fire and Rescue.
Trivette has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and earned his paramedic certificate from Rowan-Cabarrus Community
College. He lives in Midland.
“I’m enjoying Mint Hill. The guys I work with love to laugh a lot,” he said. “I knew the residents of Cabarrus County and am enjoying getting to know the people in this community and all the new businesses springing up.”
He’s a soccer fanatic and enjoys coaching his son’s U-16 team and also plays in an adult soccer league. He recently became certified to referee soccer games.
He has three dogs, all rescues.
Register by April 2 for Kiwanis golf tourney
The Matthews Kiwanis Club will host their annual Lenny Goodman
Memorial Golf Tournament on April 9, a Tuesday, to raise money for local community service projects and the Leonard D. Goodman Memorial
The tournament will be held at the Raintree Country Club, at 8600 Raintree Lane in Charlotte, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and warm-ups. The registration deadline is April 2.
Entry fees to enter the tournament are: $110 for an individual player; $400 for team registration; and $525 for a corporate sponsorship, which includes the registration of one team of four players. Entry fees include green fees, carts, range balls, lunch, dinner, beverages, snacks, gifts and prizes. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, hole-in one, closest to pin on all par 3s,
longest drive and the winner of the putting contest. There also will be door prizes.
Sponsorship opportunities also are available.
For more information or to register, go to www.matthewskiwanis.org.
Read about other local nonprofits planning spring golf tournaments in next week’s issue.