What’s closed July 4?
The Independence Day holiday on Thursday, July 4, means some closings for local government buildings.
Town halls in both Matthews and Mint Hill will be closed July 4 in addition to the administrative offices of the police and fire departments. Crews Recreation Center and the Matthews Community Center in Matthews also will be closed.
Trash and recycling pick-up in Matthews will operate on its regular schedule. In Mint Hill, there will be no trash or recycling collection July 4. Thursday households will receive services on Friday.
All branches of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will be closed July 4.
Matthews hires parks director
Matthews has promoted Corey King to director of the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource Department.
King, a department employee for 13 years, has served as interim director for the last six months, according to a news release from the town. King replaces Lee Tillery who left Matthews to serve as the assistant director of the High Point Parks and Recreation Department.
King will oversee all of the town’s parks, the Crews Recreation Center, the Matthews Community Center and the McDowell Arts Center. He also will be responsible for the town’s special events and the Four Mile Creek Greenway. He has a staff of six full-time employees and 20 part-time employees.
A native of Rocky Mount, King graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in recreational management. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is Corey is certified as a Parks and Recreation Professional and a Playground Safety Inspector.
King is active in the N.C. Recreation and Parks Association and also is a member of the National Parks and Recreation Association, serving on the group’s Professional Exam Review Committee.
A coach with the Porter Ridge Athletic Association, King attends Mint Hill’s St. Luke Catholic Church. He and his wife, Christine, have two children, Gabrielle and Justin.
Town boards revise schedules
The lack of a quorum for the boards of commissioners in Matthews and Mint Hill has prompted both towns to reschedule upcoming meetings.
The Matthews Board of Commissioners will not meet July 22 and instead host its regular meeting on July 29, a Monday, at 7 p.m. at town hall, 232 Matthews Station St.
The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners will not meet until July 18, after the planned Thursday, June 27, meeting was canceled. Commissioners meet at 7 p.m. at town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.
Want to become a habitat steward?
Matthews-based Habitat and Wildlife Keepers will host a three-day habitat steward training class at Central Piedmont Community College’s Central Campus.
The classes, held July 29 to 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, are part of a National Wildlife Federation program which teaches the intricacies of creating wildlife habitats in backyards, schools, businesses and places of worship; soil and water conservation; legislative and environmental challenges in a specific area; and native and invasive plants and their roles in the environment and more.
Graduates will be asked to donate time to help Charlotte become a certified Community Wildlife Habitat.
Cost is $50 per person, and the class is limited to 50 people. The deadline to register is Friday, July 5.
For more information or to register, email Debbie Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.