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Tuesday, September 20, 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, September 20, 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.


AWARDS AND PROCLAMATIONS  The Board proclaimed October 1 as Big Sweep Day in Mecklenburg County. Residents are asked to volunteer their time that day to help clean up trash and other debris from Mecklenburg County's creeks. Those interested in participating should call 704-336-5500.

NACo AWARDS  The Board recognized several employees who have received national awards from the National Association of Counties for their innovation and achievements in public service. Those programs are:

  • Drop Everything and Read Charlotte Day
  • Service Excellence
  • The Mecklenburgers
  • Address Information Center
  • 2005 Preventing MRSA in the Athletic Setting
  • 2004 Mecklenburg County Employee Fit City Challenge Incentive Plan
  • MyHR Self Service Human Resources Information System

PUBLIC APPEARANCE  John M. Edwards addressed the Board in support of homeless, disabled veterans and a benefit to be held on October 8; Brocklin Qualls on the Bethlehem Center and child care licensing; Tony Montognese and Jim Bensman on the death of Zachary Montognese and courts funding.

APPOINTMENTS  The Board made the following appointments:

  • Nancy Blough, Anthony Cirillo, Deborah Dirkse, Frances Hudson, Clarice Locke, Carol O'Dell, Martha Roberts to the Adult Care Home Advisory Committee
  • Rebecca Cherry, Thomas Sigmon and Terry Taylor-Allen to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee
  • Charles Ibach to the Lake Wylie Marine Commission
  • Alice Battle to the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission
  • Wayne Chester, Carol Gaither and Priscilla Johnson to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

ADULT CARE AND HURSING HOME COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEES  The Board received a report regarding turnover and low applicant pool on the Adult Care and Nursing Home Community Advisory Committees. The report concluded that turnover has been the result of persons not being able to meet the mandatory participation requirements. Also noted was a change in the applicant pool, from a majority of retirees to persons who are still working. The Board directed staff to proceed with a number of recommendations to enhance recruitment and retention, including more aggressive public outreach and exploring the possibility of compensation for committee members.

LAND ACQUISITIONS  The Board approved the following land acquisitions:

  • The donation of seven parcels totaling 26.98-acres on Six Mile Creek from John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods of North Carolina, Inc.; on Torrence Creek Tributary from Ranson Road, LLC and on Mallard Creek from Reed Enterprises of Charlotte, Inc. The parcels will serve as greenway.
  • The purchase of a 0.344-acre parcel on Haines Street from St. Stephenson Pentecostal Church Trustees for $185,000 for the Lincoln Heights neighborhood park.
  • The purchase price of $20,000 per acre for an approximately 2.66-acre portion of a parcel on Bailey Road by the Board of Education.
  • A resolution of intent to exchange a 2.97-acre portion of a parcel at Ardrey Kell Road and Boys Town Drive for a 2.98-acre portion of a Charlotte Sports Center parcel on Ardrey Kell Road for a future community park/elementary school site.

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