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Thursday night, CATS officials came to Matthews to explain their budget process and hear transit concerns and suggestions from the community. About a dozen members of the public attended and not all of those were from Matthews.

While there is express bus service to the town, rapid transit isn't scheduled for Matthews until 2022 .

Though the original recommendation was bus rapid transit, the final decision on transit type for the “silver line” won't be made until 2011.

Matthews Mayor Lee Myers is pushing for a light rail line to Matthews that would cross I-485 and end at CPCC South's campus to serve students and commuters from Union county.

Myers said he wished more folks had come out to the meeting; he believes the lack of attendance shows that residents in the area are happy with the direction transit is headed in Matthews.

Myers is chair of the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Transit Organization and vice chair of the Mecklenburg Transit Commission.

He says with the upcoming election, it's particularly important that voters know where the candidates stand on mass transit.

He says it's time for the federal government to partner with cities and towns to solve transportation issues because without federal and state dollars, cities and towns can't afford to pay for improvements. Melinda Johnston

Residents of Lawyers Glen Retirement Living Center and the Traditions at Lawyers Glen patio home development soon will have a sidewalk allowing them to walk to restaurants and shops in the Mint Hill Pavilion Shopping Center.

Thursday night, Mint Hill commissioners voted 4-1 to spend $92,000 to build the sidewalk, which will go down Lawyers Road, wind through the woods, cross a creek and empty out on Evans Road.

Most commissioners say that even though that sidewalk isn't top priority on the town's sidewalk list, it should be built now since the town already owns the land.

In a workshop before the meeting, commissioners continued discussion of plans for the new town hall. Architect David Creech brought an estimate of $10.5 million-$11.5 million for the project.

Town Manager Brian Welch said commissioners should take another look at their requirements because he didn't want to exceed the $9 million mark. A few months ago, commissioners were planning on spending around $8 million on the project. Melinda Johnston

Shepherd's Center South is offering “Adventures in Learning” classes.

The classes run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 22. If you want to register, call 704-541-0100 or go online to www.shepherdscentersouth.org. The classes cost $22 in advance or $24 at door. For more information, call 704-541-0100 or go online to www.shepherdscentersouth.org.

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