Matthews museum hires director
The Matthews Heritage Museum’s new director has a history of managing museums.
Barbara Taylor has been hired as director of the museum, according to a news release from the nonprofit Matthews Historical Foundation. Taylor will replace Leslie Kessler who left the museum recently to work with the Charlotte Public Library and continue her work with the Charlotte Museum of History.
Taylor most recently spent eight years as the director of the High Point Museum and has also served as director of Charlotte’s Rosedale Plantation, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City and the Museum of Mobile in Mobile, Ala. From 1976 to 1983, Taylor served as the Curator of Education for the Charlotte Museum of History, where she built up a large docent organization, according to the release.
Taylor said she’s eager to work at the Matthews Heritage Museum.
“I am very happy to be working with this strong volunteer organization. Matthews is a wonderful community, and this is an opportunity to preserve the history of a small town,” Taylor said in the release.
The museum is planning a June 8 opening and will be open to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For more information or to volunteer at the museum, visit www.matthewsheritagemuseum.org or email your name and phone number to email@example.com.
Matthews approves three-year lease to Chamber of Commerce
The Matthews Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, May 28, to approve a three-year lease that will allow the Matthews Chamber of Commerce to continue operating out of the Seaboard Station located on Matthews Station Street.
The lease calls for an annual increase of 3 percent each year. The chamber will pay $686 per month for the remainder of 2013, $707 per month in 2014, $728 per month in 2015 and $750 per month in
In return, the chamber will have full and secured use of 580 square feet of office space at Seaboard Station as well as access to the restrooms, kitchen and other public areas at the station.
South Trade Street decision deferred
The Matthews Board of Commissioners again deferred further discussion and a possible vote on the widening of South Trade Street to the board’s June 10 meeting at 7 p.m.
Commissioner Nancy Moore was attending another board meeting during the Tuesday, May 28, commissioners meeting, which was the basis of the other six commissioners’ unanimous decision to defer the issue until all seven members were present.
Moore has been a vocal supporter of the widening of South Trade Street, voting on May 13 to approve a $7.7-million project that would widen South Trade from Fullwood Lane to the intersection at Pleasant Plains and Weddington roads. The project was voted down 4-3, with Moore, Commissioner Jeff Miller and Mayor Jim Taylor in support of the project and Commissioners John Urban, Kress Query and Suzanne Gulley and Mayor Pro Tem Paul Bailey against it.
Commissioners could approve an alternative $5.2-million project that would widen South Trade Street from Fullwood Lane to the intersection with the Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association and the Chesney Glen subdivision.