Free health checks, kids activities at Stumptown
The nonprofit Matthews Free Medical Clinic will host its fourth annual Free Clinic Day Saturday, July 20, with free activities for children and adults at neighboring Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St.
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the clinic will offer children’s games, healthy snacks, inflatable bounce houses and educational tips for families about healthy eating.
Free blood pressure and blood sugar checks will be available for adults, and a local chiropractor will offer free consultations for adults in the afternoon.
Clinic appointments are available for uninsured patients who would like to see a doctor during Free Clinic Day.
For more information or to book a clinic appointment, download an application at www.matthewsfmc.org and call 704-841-8882 or stop by the clinic at 196 S. Trade St.
Activities in Stumptown Park are free and open to the public.
Surveying work begins for Matthews ‘superstreet’
State surveying crews were at work along N.C. 51 in Matthews near Matthews-Mint Hill Road this week in preparation for the construction of a “superstreet” instead of a roundabout near that intersection.
Matthews commissioners voted last year against a traffic circle, or roundabout, at the intersection, instead opting for a “superstreet” which will extend the existing left lane heading north on N.C. 51, with the right lane ending at Phillips Road. The project also will include a raised concrete median between Brandywine Drive and Reid Harkey Road, preventing drivers from making a left turn onto N.C. 51 from Swaim Drive. Motorists wanting to go south on N.C. 51 would have to turn right and make a U-turn at a newly established “left-over” area.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation estimates the alternative design will cost about $640,000 with the town matching 20 percent, or about $128,000, of the project.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014, Randy Bowers, with the state’s Division Design Construct Unit, said this week.
Rainy weather delays Truelight opening
Area residents should soon be able to drive all of Truelight Church Road again – if the weather holds out.
Mint Hill Town Manager Brian Welch said crews are waiting for AT&T to install utility lines before the road can be complete and open to motorists. The recent rainy weather has delayed that work, he said.
“We’re still at the mercy of AT&T, although we continue to reach out to them,” Welch said. Dry days would mean the lines could be installed and the road reopened within several days, he said.
A section of the road off Wilgrove- Mint Hill Road has been closed for nearly two months while crews moved a 400-foot portion of the roadway in preparation for the construction of the about 45-house Ardley subdivision, Senior Planner John Hoard said previously.
The work has taken longer than Mint Hill officials anticipated because developer Bill Waters was not following road improvement plans the town approved about six years ago and wouldn’t fix the problem, Hoard said previously. The grade of the road was to be lowered in that section and the road moved to improve visibility for motorists coming out of the subdivision, he said.
But Mint Hill Public Works staff observed the work only covered about 350 feet of the 400-foot project, Hoard said, and alerted Town Manager Brian Welch.
Welch said Waters “was refusing” to follow plans for the road, forcing the town to take bids and hire Charlotte-based Red Clay to complete the job. The town placed a stop-work order on the $83,818 project, and Waters won’t be able to sell or build on the site until the town is repaid, Welch said.
Wes Waters, of Charlotte-based William Waters Construction & Realty, said previously the family business is operating in Mint Hill as Reverdy Development. Waters declined to comment about the stop-work order. The company doesn’t plan to build houses there itself, but will try to sell the property to a builder, he said previously.
Historic Bain fundraiser set
The Bain School Restoration Committee got approval from the Mint Hill Parks and Recreation Committee this week to host a fundraiser to raise money to save the historic 124-year-old Bain school building.
Bain Daze will be held Sept. 21 at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with many activities which could include a John Bain look alike contest, sack races, pie eating contests, a beard contest, corn hole tournament, car show, horseshoe tournament and more.
Anyone interested in helping with fundraising or preservation efforts should email Mint Hill Commissioner Tina Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial donations should be sent to: Yadkin Bank, P.O. Box 691193, Mint Hill, N.C., 28227. All checks should be made payable to the Mint Hill Historical Society and marked for the Bain Restoration.
Mint Hill residents and Bain School Restoration Committee members have been working with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to prevent the building from being torn down and brought up to safety code for more than a year. CMS has not given the committee a deadline for when the building is to be torn down, Ross
Publix vote set for July 18
Mint Hill commissioners are expected to vote Thursday, July 18, on the proposed Mint Hill Commons shopping center which would bring grocery chain Publix to town.
The development would bring a right-in/right-out entrance to the Mint Hill Library, additional library access from Lawyers Road and a raised pedestrian crosswalk on N.C. 51. These are among several road changes suggested as part of the planned mixed-use development on about 54 acres bordered by Matthews-Mint Hill and Lawyers roads. The 65,000-square-foot retail shopping center development on about 11 acres at the front of the site, across from Jimmie’s Restaurant, would be anchored by a 49,098-square-foot Publix with a pharmacy drive-thru. The remaining acreage is slated for single-family houses or townhouses, to be built in a second phase.
Developers also need approval from commissioners to include the drive-thru pharmacy because drive-thrus aren’t allowed in the downtown overlay district.
If approved, construction could begin as early as the first quarter of 2014 and the retail portion of the project could be complete within a year.
Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. in the John M. McEwen Assembly Room at town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. The meeting is open to the public.
Campus Ridge right of way acquired
Matthews recently acquired six more parcels of land for the Campus Ridge Road relocation project.
The six parcels – totaling $19,650 – include: three parcels purchased from: Withrow Ventures – at prices of $800, $4,250 and $1,600; Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Martin at $1,500; Betty Sewell at $1,500; and Carsillo Entities/Dugout Café at $10,000.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation will cover 80 percent of these purchases, or about $15,720, which will be reimbursed to the
Earlier this year, Matthews established a $3 million capital project budget ordinance to cover the project. The NCDOT will provide $2.4 million – or 80 percent – of the funds, and $600,000 will be drawn from the town’s capital improvement fund. Of the $3 million, $1 million will go toward right of way acquisition and $2 million will cover construction