Members of the Mathews Main Street Committee have worked tirelessly for years to raise funds for revitalization projects in downtown Mathews. They are, seated from left, Robert May, Bette Dillehay, Becca Brown, Mary Chapman; standing, Carolyn Taylor, Norma Thomas, John Shaw, Marilyn Overstreet, Mindy Moran, Steve Whiteway, and Kathryn Sharp. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
The Mathews Main Street Committee announced last week that it will have a Riverball this year to raise funds for revitalization efforts in downtown Mathews.
No date has been set, but the elegant bi-annual affair is typically held in June at a waterfront estate. The committee was slated to meet this week to discuss securing a location for the event and to begin the planning process.
Committee chair Bette Dillehay said that the group has met its obligation to provide matching funds for a grant to pay for the planning portion of Phase I of the VDOT Enhancement Grant the county received to improve sidewalks, drainage, and streetscaping from Brickbat Road to Food Lion.
It has also paid for a study to determine the county’s eligibility for the Community Development Block Grant the county was recently awarded. That grant will be used to help business owners upgrade their storefronts, replace sidewalks on Court Street and Brickbat Road, and make other improvements.
In addition to raising funds, Dillehay said that committee members had gone out into the community over and over again to seek community support for obtaining the grant funds, and that support made a significant difference.
During last Monday’s Main Street Committee meeting, Mathews County Administrator Mindy Moran praised the Main Street group for its efforts in helping to secure so much grant funding.