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Tuesday, November 15, 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, November 15, 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 of County Commissioners proclaimed November as National Adoption Awareness Month in Mecklenburg County; proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month; and received $29,480 from Partners for Parks for therapeutic recreation summer day camp scholarships.

LAND ACQUISITIONS. The Board took action on the following land acquisitions:
* Approved the purchase of about 43.3 acres off Holbrooks Road from the Catawba Lands Conservancy for $8,195 per acre. The land will be used to create a buffer along the southeast side of the closed Holbrooks Road landfill.
* Approved the purchase price of $250,000 for a 3.14 acre parcel off Johnston-Oehler Road by the Board of Education. The parcel is beside the Mallard Creek Community Park and will be used for a senior high school.
* Accepted the donation of about 18 acres on Long Creek from Centex Homes to be used for greenway.
* Approved an inter-local agreement with the Town of Matthews to acquire about 94.5 acres on Matthews-Mint Hill Road, and lease the property back to the town for park and open space purposes.

COPs PUBLIC HEARING AND SALE OF COPs AND BONDS. After holding a public hearing, the Board approved the sale of $110 million in Certificates of Participation to fund courts, schools and county facilities.  COPS funding of these projects was approved by the Board during the past three years. Certificates of Participation are a financing method that allows the County to borrow money for capital projects without a referendum, and uses the project as collateral. This action is NOT related to school and land bonds rejected by voters on November 8.

The Board also approved the sale of $89 million in general obligation bonds, approved by the public in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005. The money will be used to purchase land and fund school, law enforcement, CPCC and park and recreation projects. General obligation bonds are usually issued in 3 - 5 year increments after voter approval, as projects progress and the need for the dollars arises for construction and acquisition.

The resolutions and a schedule of the cash needed for the bond sale in January are available on the meeting agenda at

AMENDMENT TO TRANSIT GOVERNANCE AGREEMENT. The Board approved changes to the way the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) is governed.  The changes are partly the result of new organizations providing funding to the MTC, such as the North Carolina Department of Transportation, which will become a voting member.  It also streamlines the transit program and review process by, among other things, discontinuing the Board's review and approval of the MTC annual budget.  This will be done by the MTC and the Charlotte City Council.

LAND EXCHANGE WITH CORNELIUS. The Board agreed to the concept of exchanging land in partnership with the Town of Cornelius and directed staff to work with the Town to begin the process. The Town of Cornelius would like the County to exchange land to allow for a private residential development adjacent to a nature preserve and an active park. The land exchange would allow for both parcels to be developed in a coordinated way by the Town. As part of this proposal, the County deferred a request to purchase land off Westmoreland Road, which would then be leased back to the Town for the Westmoreland Athletic Complex, pending receipt of a draft contract with the complex operator.

NACo CONFERENCE IN MECKLENBURG? The Board approved submitting a letter of interest to the National Association of Counties to host the 2011 or 2012 annual conference in Mecklenburg County.  Mecklenburg County hosted the 2000 NACo Conference.

HIV/AIDS DISEASE COUNCIL. The Board approved the creation of an HIV/AIDS Disease Council to coordinate the system of service delivery for prevention and care of HIV and AIDS in Mecklenburg County.  Members of the Council will include the County Health Director, Chair of the Human Service Council's Health Committee, a member of the Board and others.

CMS CAPITAL FUNDING. The Board directed County Manager Harry Jones to develop and recommend within 30 days an open, consensus-building process that asks community stakeholders to help build a capital package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that can be supported throughout the community.

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