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Tuesday, August 9, 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, August 9, 2005. The meeting was televised live on The Government Channel, cable channel 16 and rebroadcast on WTVI at Midnight. The meeting is scheduled for re-telecast at various times on the Government Channel and GOV-TV, digital cable channel 232.

PROCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS.  County Commissioners proclaimed August 7 - 13 as Community Health Center Week and August 27 as Women's Equality Day.

PUBLIC APPEARANCE. The following speakers addressed the Board: Donna Jenkins Dawson on social services; Gerald Johnson, Ike Mason, Leslie Davis, Sandra Byrd with Charlotte Advocates for Education on the Parent Leadership Network; Javonda Peay on social services and families; Lawrence Cann, Ray Isaac, Abdul Wright and Ron Cann on the homeless soccer team; Kene Holliday on the creation of a theatre workshop affiliated with the Afro-American Cultural Center.

APPOINTMENTS. The Board made the following appointments:

Wilton Savage to the Board of Motor Vehicle Review and James Barnett as Chairman.
Timothy Mead to the Storm Water Advisory Committee
Thomas Sharts to the Waste Management Advisory Board
Mary Barker, Mark Casper, Karen McMillan, and Randolph Perkins to the Air Quality Commission

HUMAN SERVICES COUNCIL. The Board approved several measures to alter the structure of the Human Services Council in order to improve communication between the Board and the Council and enhance recruitment for Council members. The measures were recommended in a report that analyzed the structure, membership and effectiveness of the Human Services Council. These measures include reducing the number of HSC members from eight per sub-committee to six; keeping the sub-committees in place as ad-hoc committees only, and using the Community Health & Safety and Youth & Families Committees to improve communication.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND REFERENDUM. The Board approved the amounts and purposes for the November 8, 2005 bond referendum. The amounts were set as follows:

  • $46.5 million for Central Piedmont Community College
  • $14.5 million for law enforcement facilities
  • $66 million for land
  • $427 million for school buildings

The Board also set a public hearing for its next regular meeting on September 7, after which the Board will consider adopting the bond orders.

LAND ACQUISITIONS.  The Board approved the following land acquisitions:

  • About 18 acres next to Latta Plantation Nature Preserve for $300,000 from Juanita K. Bentley. The acquisition is funded by a $1,000,000 Clean Water Management Trust Fund grant for placing a conservation easement.
  • About 0.74 acres along Stewart Creek for $39,000 from Sandra Howell for greenway and watershed protection purposes.
  • 147.41 acres on Ervin Cook Road for $4,127,480 from Cookson Limited Partnership for watershed protection, open space preservation and greenway purposes.
  • 38.69 acres on Lancaster Highway/Marvin Road from KB Homes Charlotte as a future elementary school site.
  • The Board also accepted the donations of two parcels for greenway purposes: 1.114 acres next to Stephen's Road Nature Preserve from Shea Homes and 1.076 acres on Long Creek Greenway from Braemar Housing.


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