Morning Minute: Monday, August 26, 2019

News About Town: At tonight’s Town Council meeting (7 pm, Town Hall), the council will approve the payment of the Pita Kebab property at 131 East John St. The Board approved the purchase during a closed session of the August 5 council meeting (item 15). The acquisition is for the tax value, $1,668,000, to be paid over five years. The town has agreed to the purchase price with a 1% due diligence deposit of $16,680 and 45 days to complete. The .58 acre lot is adjacent to a town-owned parcel that is 1.072 acre (tax value $739,700). The agenda item does not describe plans for the lot, but the Downtown Master Plan includes the area in the future build-out.

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News Around Town: Matthews Alive will begin setting up this week for the Labor Day weekend event. Be prepared for road closures and rerouting starting Friday. Starting Friday morning, South Trade Street, from John Street to McDowell Street, will be closed at 9 am. At 5 pm on Friday, the closure will extend to Main Street. If you live along this area, Matthews PD will be able to assist you in getting to and from your driveway.

One Good Thing: Today is the dog day of summer; National Dog Day, that is. Started in 2004, National Dog Day is a day to celebrate and raise awareness for all things dog. From education, to encouraging adoption, NDD aims “to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.” Want to celebrate? They’ve got plenty of ideas to make your pup feel loved.