MATTHEWS – If two recent votes by the Matthews Board of Commissioners are any indication, prohibition has come to the Crews Recreation Center.
At its March 25 meeting, the board, on a 4-3 vote, shot down a request from a prospective renter who requested that a champagne toast be allowed during a wedding reception at the recreation center on the evening of June 22.
That vote came two weeks after the board unanimously rejected a request from a prospective renter that wanted to serve alcohol in the multipurpose room during a bridal shower in the facility. That request was denied in part because youth activities would be occurring in the center at the same time as the bridal shower.
Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Director Corey King told the board that the staff had no objections to granting the request for a champagne toast at the wedding reception on June 22 since there were no other activities scheduled for the center on that night.
Commissioner Chris Melton asked King if other activities could be booked at the center if the request was granted. King said it was possible but not likely, but he added the staff could deny any requests for events at the same time as the wedding reception.
“Normally on Saturdays, activities are early in the day,” King said. “Schedule-wise, we can block the gymnasium.’’
Several commissioners expressed concern about granting the request after denying the previous one.
Mayor Paul Bailey said he didn’t think that alcohol should be allowed in the Crews Recreation Center at all with the exception of special religious events. Earlier this year, the board approved a request that wine be served to adults of legal age during a religious ceremony.
“I am not going to support the motion because I just don’t think the recreation center is the appropriate place to have alcohol at parties and stuff,” Bailey said. “I don’t want to see this getting started at the recreation center. If we let it go once, then it gets bigger. I just don’t support it.”
Bailey and commissioners John Higdon, Melton and Kress Query voted to deny the request while commissioners Barbara Dement, Jeff Miller and John Urban voted for the proposal.