A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:
AWARDS AND PROCLAMATIONS. The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April 2006 as National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month; proclaimed April 23 - 29 as Volunteer Appreciation Week and recognized four DSS volunteers for their service; and recognized Code Enforcement on receiving the Charlotte Chamber's Blue Diamond Award for Meck-SI.com.
MECKLENBURG AT THE MALL. The Board proclaimed April 23-29 as National County Government Week in Mecklenburg County. As part of this national celebration of county government, Mecklenburg County will host Mecklenburg at the Mall, at Eastland Mall on Saturday April 29 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This is an outreach effort to help Mecklenburg residents learn more about the responsibilities, services and result of their county government. The event will include health screenings and child immunizations.
APPOINTMENTS. The Board appointed Alan Elam to the Nursing Home Advisory Committee.
PUBLIC APPEARANCE. Beth Marlin addressed the Board on the Primary Health Care Report 2005-2006, inner-city nursing practice and domestic violence
LAND ACQUISITIONS. The Board approved the following land acquisitions:
- The purchase of 0.172 at 212 Jennings Street from Phillip Osborne for $7,000 for part of a neighborhood park.
- The purchase of 1.37 acres on Gar Creek from David and Shirley Jones for $52,000 for open space preservation and watershed protection.
- The donation of 1.13 acres on Briar Creek from Johnson-Dewberry, LLC for the Briar Creek Greenway
- The donation of about 39.9 acres on Back Creek Tributary from Forest City Land Group, Inc. for a district park
- The donation of 0.152 acres on Gum Creek from Adams Homes AEC, LLC for greenway access.
COURTS COMPLEX MAINTENANCE CONTRACT. As part of its consent agenda, the Board approved a maintenance contract with the Keith Corporation for five years. Keith Corporation will provide the building maintenance services for the new courthouse and seven other county-owned facilities in the courts complex near the corner of Fourth and McDowell Streets. Keith Corporation was selected after a competitive bidding process.
PARK AND RECREATION FEES. The Board deferred action on changes in fees charged by the Park and Recreation Department at various facilities. Changes would include increases for renting the historic James Dowd house; user fees at skate parks; field fees for the use of the synthetic soccer field at William Davie Park; and fees for Renaissance, Revolution and Sunset Hills golf courses. The fees would be expected to generate an additional $8,500 from facility/user fees, as well as $51,000 for the soccer field capital reserve funds.
CAROLINA THEATER GRANT. The Board authorized the County Manager to execute a grant agreement with the City of Charlotte and Carolina Theater to defray some of the redevelopment costs for the Carolina Theater. In February, the Board authorized the manager to work with the City and Camden Management Partners to prepare a development funding agreement. As part of this agreement, the City and County would provide annual grant payments to the owner/operator of the redevelopment projects for an arts center and arts program that would be open to the public. The present value of the grant payments would not exceed $4.5 million, or 90 percent of the property taxes collected. The City of Charlotte also would sell the site to Camden Management Partners for $1 million and then contribute the funds toward the renovation.
JOINT MEETING ON CMS TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS. The Board approved an agenda and joint meeting with the Board of Education to discuss the CMS Task Force Recommendations. The meeting is proposed to be held on Thursday, May 4 from 1 – 5 p.m. at a location to be determined. The agenda would include a brief overview of the CMS Task Force Recommendations, an overview of the BOE's Theory of Action, then a discussion on the common themes and differences between the Task Force Recommendations and the Theory of Action. The Board of Education will now be asked to approve the same agenda and joint meeting.