AWARDS AND PROCLAMATIONS. The Board proclaimed September as Mecklenburg Library Card Sign-up Month; September 9 as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day; and September as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.
PARK AND REC AWARDS The Board recognized several employees of the County's Park and Recreation Department for receiving national awards, including Anthony James, who was named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award by an affiliate of the National Association of Counties.
HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF County Manager Harry Jones announced to the Board that a center organized by the American Red Cross, City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County has assisted more than 800 evacuees from the Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina. The center is located at the Charlotte Coliseum off Tyvola Road. Several hundred remain housed there. Many County services are assisting including Social Services, Health Department, Area Mental Health, Park and Recreation, Public Library, and many outside agencies funded by the Board.
PUBLIC APPEARANCE Darrell Alleyne spoke on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; Adelaide Davis, Theodore Gaither, and Tom Hanchett spoke on Grace AME Zion Church, Bill McCullough spoke about the CIAA Tournament.
APPOINTMENTS The Board appointed
- Monica J. Foster to the Adult Care Home Advisory Committee,
- Ronald E. Yates to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee and
- Gray Newman to the Mint Hill Planning Board.
NOVEMBER 8 BOND REFERENDA The Board held a public hearing on the November 8 Bond Referenda and set the bond orders for each referendum. The Board plans to have
- $427 million bond referendum for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
- $66 million for land bonds
- $14.5 million for law enforcement facilities
- $46.5 million for Central Piedmont Community College
LAND ACQUISITIONS The Board approved the following land acquisitions:
- The donation of four parcels totaling 6-acres on Torrence Creek from LandCraft Properties, Inc. The parcels will serve as greenway property.
- A .086-acre parcel on Irma Street from Gary Bare for $3,000
- A .172-acre parcel on Kennsaw Avenue from Roslyn Dixon-Rivers for $6,500.
- The donation of two parcels on Little Sugar Creek at Cullman Avenue from International Ink Company. The parcels are floodplain property with a tax value of $455,000, donated under the ongoing Hazard Mitigation Program.
- A 1.65 parcel off Park Road at Little Sugar Creek from Radice of Charlotte, Inc. for $10,000.
FIRST RESPONDERS The Board received a report from the County Manager on recommendations from the MEDIC Medical Control Board regarding the Charlotte Fire Department's proposal to provide paramedic first responders on its fire trucks. The Medical Control Board, comprising area physicians, concluded that there would be no significant improvement in the medical care of patients by taking this action.
RESOLUTION ON IMMIGRATION TASK FORCE The Board adopted a resolution in support of a City of Charlotte initiative to study the issue of immigration in the Charlotte area. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff and the Mecklenburg DSS Director have been asked to participate on the task force. Adoption of the resolution indicates the Board's support for having the County Manager provide the appropriate level of County resources in support of the task force's work.
COUNTY MANAGER COMPENSATION The Board evaluated the performance of County Manager Harry Jones during FY05 as exemplary. As a result, the Board set the compensation for Jones for FY2005-2006 at $187,200 for his base salary, a 4% increase. Jones also will receive an auto/expense allowance of $10,800, a performance bonus of $35,586, longevity pay of $3,600 and deferred compensation of $12,000.