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Matthews’ Beantown Tavern owner must undo site changes

Beantown Tavern owner Donnie Gaskins will have to restore his enclosed patio to its former open-air format unless he can come up with a revised plan that meets Matthews commissioners’ approval.

Several months ago, he enclosed it without building permits or required permission from his landlord, Lat Purser and Associates, or the town board. The enclosed patio faces Matthews Town Hall.

The board recently voted against a retroactive approval of his project. Board members said Gaskins didn’t follow proper procedure and the design of the enclosure did not fit in with the rest of the design of Matthews Station Street.

Gaskins must now either present a plan that redesigns the enclosure to meet with commissioners’ approval, or he will be required to take the addition down and return it to the original patio layout.

In other business, commissioners:

▪ Held a public hearing on the adoption of a Composite Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. They are expected to approve the plan in the next few months. The plan can be found at Select Departments, then Planning and Development.

▪ Approved $17,000 for supplies and equipment to allow Matthews Public Works to repair a portion of the concrete pad at Fire Station 1.

▪ Voted to move the town’s employees from a defined contribution plan to the State Employee Health Plan, as a result of federal legislation concerning health insurance.

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