**ONE FOUR INCH BINDER –
I have been asked many times, are you the person video recording during the Board of Commissioners meetings? And are you recording for the Town of Matthews?
Yes, it is me sitting in my little corner with video recorder in hand recording the Board of Commissioner meetings and No, I am not recording for the Town of Matthews. I try to attend as often as possible but at times there are other issues that need attending. As I have stated before I am a firm believer in Open and Honest Government and it is our responsibility as voters to hold our elected officials accountable. The minutes from the Board of Commissioner meetings that are available on the Matthews website are not verbatim; they are a general account of what was discussed. And when the minutes are approved by the Mayor and Commissioners the original recording is deleted. There are no recordings or verbatim documentation from past town meetings. So, if you need a copy you better be quick and I highly recommend requesting the audio DVD to be certified.
By me attending and recording there will always be an accurate account of what transpired during these meetings and they are available to anyone who may ask. Also available are audio DVD recordings of the 5:30pm Special and 7:00pm Board of Commissioner Meetings which have been certified.
When there is honesty within a municipality there is nothing to hide and this leads to transparency. For example, The City of Charlotte does an outstanding job in disclosing their meetings. They are printed verbatim, recordings are kept not deleted, you can watch meetings live via internet and when request for public records are made they respond and follow-up. After all, local government public records and public information are the property of the people. This also gives insight into the fact that in a transparency rating system conducted by the John Locke Foundation Charlotte has been upgraded to a B. The Town of Matthews continues to hold its grade of D for transparency which was also given by the John Locke Foundation. How many of us would approve of our children bringing home a report card filled with D’s? So, why would the residents of Matthews expect anything different from their governing body?
Matthews has the potential to serve its citizens with open records of transparency but fails to do so, this is why I record and attend meetings. Transparency is not hard to accomplish and it can start with ONE FOUR INCH BINDER.
BLACKS LAW DICTIONARY – TRANSPARENCY: Openness; clarity; lack of guile and attempts to hide damaging information.
**HOUSE BILL 36 / SENATE 25 –
Are you currently aware of House Bill 36 / Senate 25? House Representative Bill Brawley is trying to pass a bill for Zoning/Design and Aesthetic Control. Its hard to believe that Representative Brawley wants to control design features and even interior room layouts. It seems laughable if it was not so scary. This is true Government over reaching at its worst. If you want to maintain your liberties and freedoms please make your voice heard by contacting Rep. Bill Brawley @ Bill.Brawley@ncleg.net and tell him “NO” and while you’re at it you may want to contact Senator Jeff Tarte @ Jeff.Tarte@ncleg.net and Senator Rucho @ Bob.Rucho@ncleg.net. House Bill 36 – Senate 25.
**TECHNOLOGY FUND UPDATE –
In 2014 a total of $8,105.49 was paid by the residents of Matthews to purchase new computers, computer accessories, cell phone service, iPad service and other items that fall within the Technology fund. The Mayor and each Board member is allowed $3,500.00 per term.
On January 12, 2015 the amount of $1,318.07 was approved by Mayor Taylor and Commissioners in accordance with the Matthews Technology Fund. Receipts were submitted by Commissioner Kress Query for the amount of $1,120.80 and Commissioner Chris Melton for the amount of $197.27. Bringing a grand total spent to date $9,423.56.
Commissioners Query & Melton Receipts *please note that receipts only were submitted by Commissioners Query and Melton. Matthews Watch researched and pictures were provided by Verizon Wireless.