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Matthews candidates' fees may increase

The Matthews Board of Commissioners are already looking toward elections and Pineville officials are getting ready for the town's first farmer's market.

Both towns had council meetings last week and there was plenty to talk about.

Monday evening Matthews commissioners discussed raising the candidate filing fees for the offices of commissioner and mayor.

The fee now is $5.

Commissioner Kress Query says he'd like to see those fees raised. He said he doesn't want to weed out potential candidates, but he does want people to take their decision more seriously.

"I would like to see it raised a little because in the last two elections we had people signing up just to sign up. Also, if too many run, then you have to have a primary and that is costly to the taxpayers," Query said.

For example, if 13 or more sign up to run for the six commissioners seats, or if three or more sign up to run for mayor, then a primary will be held.

Town manager Hazen Blodgett said the filing fees, set by the town, can be up to 1percent of the salary of the position. That means the board could vote to set the filing fee at a maximum of $36 for a commissioner candidate, or $196.50 for a mayoral candidate.

The board directed staff to look at the costs of filing in other towns and deferred a decision until its April 25 meeting.

The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections has requested that all municipalities set their filing fees by May 31. Filing for elected offices in all municipalities except Charlotte opens July 1 and runs through July 15.

In other business, Matthews commissioners approved a landscaping plan for the area around the Old Public Works Facility, now a part of the new greenway.

They also approved a storage building to be placed at the back of Matthews Elementary School, something they agreed to when the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools transferred ownership of the old Agricultural Building to the town.

Pineville

The Pineville Town Council heard plans Tuesday for a new farmer's market that's set to open May 21.

The "Main Street Downtown Market" will hold nine to 12 vendors and be on Main Street in the front parking lot of the Pineville Police Department.

The market will be open 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Vendors will pay a $50 fee that will be good for the season.

Applications, rules and regulations can be found online at www.pinevillenc.net.

Council members also adopted their newly revised town code, which removed obsolete or repealed items, reorganized chapters for a better flow and included all ordinances that had been adopted over the last 15 years. The town code details town rules in all areas from the way the town is governed and managed to business regulations to land use.

Council members also gave a thumbs-up to town clerk Barbara Monticello's proposal to apply for the Small Town Main Street Program.

If accepted into the program, Pineville would receive free technical expertise and guidance in revitalizing, redeveloping and reinvesting in their downtown corridor.

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