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Tuesday, April 19, 2005 Commission Capsule

A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Tuesday, April 19, 2005. The meeting was televised live on The Government Channel, cable 16 and rebroadcast on WTVI at Midnight. The meeting was scheduled for re-telecast on channel 16 April 20 at 9 p.m., April 22 at 9 a.m. and April 23 at 8 p.m. It also airs at various times on GOV-TV, Time-Warner Digital Cable Channel 232.

PROCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS. The Board received the National Weather Service designation as a StormReady Community; the Board also proclaimed April 2005 as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in Mecklenburg County.

PUBLIC APPEARANCE. Marleenee Washington addressed the board on HIV/AIDS services and education funding; Mark and Shanna Palmer spoke on historic preservation and Elmwood Cemetery; Johnny Cowart spoke about building inspections; Dwayne Collins spoke on a town meeting scheduled for April 20 addressing CMS student assignment.

APPOINTMENTS. The Board appointed Linda Nutting and Robert Williams to the Waste Management Advisory Board.

STORM WATER FEE PUBLIC HEARING.  The Board set a public hearing for May 3 at 6 p.m. to give the public an opportunity to speak to a City of Charlotte proposal to increase the storm water fee charged to Charlotte residents. Due to the agreement between the city and the county, the Board of County Commissioners must hold a public hearing on the proposed fee increase. The Charlotte City Council will hold its public hearing on May 9.

ZONING ENFORCEMENT TRANSFER TO CITY. The Board approved transferring zoning enforcement services to the City of Charlotte. This transfer will place both zoning enforcement and zoning approval within one organization to improve customer service and streamline operations.

TRANSIT PLAN AND BUDGET. The Board approved the proposed FY2006-2007 transit operating and capital plans and budgets.  The total proposed FY06 budget is $276.5 million, with $81.7 million allocated for operating costs. For FY2007, the proposed budget is $298.9 million, with $90.6 million for operating.  The governance agreement for the Metropolitan Transit Commission calls for approval of the budget by the Board as well as the Charlotte City Council. The County's key role in the transit is through representation on the MTC and by providing sales tax revenue collected in Mecklenburg County from the half-cent sales tax dedicated to transit. The MTC approved the plans and budget in March.

CHILD FATALITY TEAM REPORT. The Board received the annual report of the Child Fatality Prevention and Protection Team.  This group reviews all cases of child deaths in Mecklenburg County to identify systemic causes that should be addressed to prevent deaths. Based on 2002 data, the report revealed that 139 children under the age of 18 died * 110 natural deaths, 20 unintentional injuries, 3 homicides, 2 suicides and 4 were undetermined causes of death.

BASEBALL COMMITTEE REPORT. The Board received a report from the baseball ballpark site selection committee led by Charlotte Center City Partners. In September, the Board asked this committee to identify options for locating a professional baseball facility in the center city of Charlotte. The Committee identified three sites * Memorial Stadium, South End, and Third Ward * viable, but did not rank them. However, this Board has clearly stated that the Third Ward site owned by the County will be developed as a park, not a baseball facility. The Board authorized staff to work with Charlotte Center City Partners, City of Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, and the Charlotte Knights to determine the feasibility of Memorial Stadium or South End as a site for a baseball stadium.

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