Monthly Archives: January 2015

YEAR IN REVIEW and GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

2015 New Year 1

WOW!  2014 has come to an end and MATTHEWS WATCH is celebrating its one year anniversary and what a year it was.  We have received hundreds of emails and comments of support.  I am truly amazed of all the people who responded.  Support came from not only Matthews but all over the United States.  Our most popular article was Town of Matthews v. Wright – How Would You Feel If Your Property Was Being Condemned For The “Well Connected” with In Memory of Mr. Neubert Purser – One Year Later following close behind.  

Thank you for all the support, now lets recap 2014.

JANUARY – Eminent Domain – Matthews at it Again

FEBRUARY – New Town Council & Elizabeth Lane Elementary Cell Tower

MARCH – It’s Only Your Money

APRIL – In Memory of Mr. Neubert Purser – One Year Later

*still no indication that Matthews will be honoring the naming rights.

MAY – 2014 Planning Conference and Technology Allowance

JUNE/JULY – Town of Matthews v. Wright – How Would Your Feel If Your Property Was Being Condemned For The “Well Connected”

*Update  – The NC Court of Appeals has responded the court date is set for January 20, 2015.

Court of Appeals Calendar

Town Manager Hazen Blodgett Affidavit

Mrs. Wrights Affidavit

AUGUST – Purser Park Community Meeting – Vehicle Tag Fee & Town Budget Increase

AUGUST – Premier Plastic Surgery v. Town of Matthews

OCTOBER – Answering a Few Questions

NOVEMBER – 2014 Mid-Year Planning Conference

DECEMBER – If We Do Not Watch Our Tax Dollars – Who Will?

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GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”   Albert Einstein 

On September 28, 2014 the Town of Matthews issued a press release stating “The Town of Matthews’ website has won the Interactive Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Government Category.  The awards are presented by the Interactive Media Council, Inc. which is a non-profit worldwide organization dedicated to ethical, professional, accuracy and integrity, of websites.”   “The website www.matthewsnc.gov was judged on design, feature functionality, usability, content, standards compliance and cross browser compatibility.”  

From which the Matthews Mint Hill Weekly printed.

Matthews Mint Hill Weekly Article

Matthews Mint Hill Weekly Article

This is not entirely true.  Interactive Media Awards, Inc. (IMA)  did grant an award but not to the Town of Matthews. The award went to Granite Sky Design, Inc. for their website design of matthewsnc.gov.

IMA response – “We did grant an award to Granite Design for their website matthewsnc.gov.  At the time of our evaluations, this website passed all design, usability and functionality tests, and they achieved 2nd-level award status.”

IMA email – Winners Page                 IMA Award

The Town of Matthews, Mayor Taylor and Commissioners have all been notified of this error and yet there still has not been a correction and there has been no response from the Mayor or Commissioners.

Mayor & Commissioners email IMA award

Town of Matthews – IMA email  note: when reading emails remember to start from bottom and work upwards.

If the “staff is committed to building positive relationships with the citizenry” then why be dishonest?  It does not matter how long this error was made or that no one has questioned.  The fact is the town is accepting an award that was not given.  What is the “common good” in lying?  It is time for the Town of Matthews to step up and correct this wrong and give credit where credit is due, not misleading the residents into believing the town received an award that truly belongs to Granite Sky Design. This is dishonest.  According to Matthews it is a “waste of time” to set the record straight.  How can honesty be a waste of time?   If Matthews is willing to be dishonest about such a small issue than how can this leadership expect the residents to trust and believe them in future ones?

LIE and DENY – MISLEAD and DECEIVE

To view the award on the IMA website go to:  www.interactivemediaawards.com

winners tab – search tab  /  search year 2014  /  Category – Government  /  Site URS – matthewsnc.gov This will pull up Winners Gallery 2014  /  Click winner – Granite Sky Design      

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