AWARDS AND PROCLAMATIONS. The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed November 13 as Charlotte Emergency Housing Day and November 16 as GIS Day in Mecklenburg County.
PUBLIC APPEARANCE. The following people addressed the Board:
- Juanita Holt on Paw Creek Senior Nutrition
- Commander Samuel Gordon and Commander Patsy Gordon on Disabled American Veterans
APPOINTMENTS. The Board made the following appointments:
- Rebeca Radecke and Michelle Wingo to the Adult Care Home Advisory Committee
- Mic Alexander to the Business Expansion Funding Corporation
- Diann Cockerham, Yanina Razak, Katie Simmons, and LaShonda Sparks to the Women's Commission
LAND ACQUISITIONS. The Board adopted a resolution of intent to exchange an approximate 4.969-acre portion of a parcel off Ashley Road next to Camp Greene Park, for 5.84-acres on Royston Road and 2.27-acres on Weyland Avenue. The MW Group requested the exchange to enable them to assemble a site on Alleghany Street for multi-family housing. The County land is not needed as first anticipated as a pedestrian link between Camp Greene Park and Ashley Road. The new development would provide sidewalks. The MW Group land value is estimated at $234,969; the County land is estimated at $207,645.
AVIAN FLU AND FLU PANDEMIC. The Board received information from the Health Department on pandemic flu and Avian flu. A pandemic flu is a new virus that is easily transmitted from human to human. There is no pandemic flu anywhere in the world today. Avian Flu has received national attention because of incidents of transmission from birds to humans in Southeast Asia. It is not easily transmitted from human to human. The State of North Carolina has a plan to address Avian Flu and a flu pandemic should it occur. The Health Department encourages residents to practice good health habits to prevent the seasonal flu. Practice frequent and thorough hand washing, avoid crowded places and close contact and stay home from school or work when you are sick. Proper sleep and diet are also essential in maintaining good health. For more information about the flu and flu shot clinics, visit
www.meckhealth.org or call the Flu Clinic Information Hotline at 704-336-4667.
MONEY TO BUY FLOOD-PRONE PROPERTIES. As part of the consent agenda, the Board received and appropriated $3.3 million from the State of North Carolina, matched with $350,000 from existing storm water fee funds, to purchase 19 flood-prone properties along Little Sugar Creek and Briar Creek. This strategy of buying properties within the floodplain has removed 135 structures, reducing the potential loss of life and property during a flood. This also has created open space, expanded greenways and allowed the construction of wetlands to improve creek water quality. All purchases are voluntary.
BUSINESS INVESTMENT GRANT. The Board approved a business investment grant for Nachi Machining Technology Company. Nachi plans to open a manufacturing operation with a capital investment of $8 million, creating nine new jobs over three years. This investment is projected to have a $1.1 million per year direct economic impact on the local economy, and would generate $86,226 in additional annual tax revenue to the county. The grant will provide Nachi between $44,000 and $57,600 a year for five years.