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Mathews board commits $100,000 to make Y a shelter

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to commit $100,000 to make the proposed Mathews Family YMCA building a county shelter. In addition, the board voted to pay $20,000 annually for 10 years to lease the building, which would support the building project. The vote was 3-2, with supervisors Charles Ingram and O.J. Cole dissenting.

After the vote was taken, YMCA supporter Tim Hill of Mathews thanked the board for the decision, saying, “You’ve done a good deed today.”

Ingram shot back, “Everybody may not say that when they get their tax bill.”

The push for approval came from supervisor Jack White, who in making the motion told board members that the board is responsible for the “health, safety and welfare” of the Mathews community.

“This is what we’re charged with,” he said. “If we don’t step up, the building will be downsized and we’ll lose the chance.”

White reminded the board th...

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