Matching resolutions with Matthews move process forward
Nine homes could soon switch over from Matthews to Stallings, as the annexation process moves forward. Both towns approved resolutions during their respective meetings Monday, May 23 to remove the houses along Community Park Drive from Matthews and transfer them to Stallings.
The problem for residents is that the subdivision is actually split, with the majority of it in Stallings. Those nine homes are the only portion in Matthews and since Community Park Drive is located off Stallings Road, it creates issues for the town of Matthews to provide garbage pickup, police protection or fire and EMS service.
Matthews Fire and EMS Chief Dennis Green estimated the response time to the area is an additional three minutes time from Monroe Road.
Stallings Manager Brian Matthews said once the annexation was official, the town would have to make some calls to Mecklenburg and create some interlocal agreements.
“When we go into another county, we have to notify their 911 system,” Matthews said. “We have to work out something with who’s responding, as far as fire, as far as EMS, so there’s no hiccup.”
Stallings will initiate a petition with the homeowners to gauge support for the proposal. The N.C. Department of Transportation won’t allow a community to maintain a street when it is split by two municipalities. In order for the annexation to go through, North Carolina Sen. Bob Rucho plans to file a bill with the General Assembly. With the ongoing budget talks however, it’s not expected to pass until the 2012 session.
It’s estimated that Matthews will lose $800 annually in property taxes from the move.