A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:
AWARDS AND PROCLAMATIONS. The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed May 2006 as National Mental Health Awareness Month; May 2006 as Older Adults Month; May 2006 as Asthma Awareness Month; recognized Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services volunteers in the Adopt-A-Stream and Storm Drain Marking programs; and May 7 - 13, 2006 as Confederate History Week.
PUBLIC APPEARANCE. The following people addressed the Board on items not on the agenda:
- Dr. Donna Dillon Stout on psychologists working in the North Carolina court system.
- Dan Faris and Martin Zimmerman on bicycle lanes, biking in Mecklenburg County and Bike Charlotte 2006.
- Valerie McGill on arrest rates and civil rights.
- Akilah Weaver on the Battered Women's Shelter, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and health disparities.
- Pastor Todd Maloy on Powerfest 2006
APPOINTMENTS. The Board appointed John Barry and Owen Furuseth to the Park and Recreation Commission.
LAND ACQUISITIONS. The Board approved the following land acquisitions:
- The donation of seven acres along Irvins Creek from Dorothy T. Mullis and 1.2 acres along Irvins Creek from Carolina Conference Association of Seventh Day Adventist, Inc. Per the conditions of the donations, the Board also approved naming the future greenway trail through the properties the "Carol Mullis Pepper Patch Trail" at Irvins Creek Greenway."
- The purchase of 0.39 acre at St. George Street for $14,300 from Maxie J. Robinson.
- The donation of 11.15 acres on Gum Creek from Beazer Homes for greenway purposes.
- The donation of 0.7 acre along McAlpine Creek from Frank and Sandra Blanchfield for the McAlpine Creek Greenway.
- Adopted a resolution of intent to exchange a 46-acre site for a 59-acre site, both located off West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius. The County land will be leased to the Town of Cornelius for construction of district park facilities.
- Approved the purchase of .266 acres on North Myers Street for $15,000 from Mary D. Taylor. The land will be used for the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.
CPCC PARKING DECK. The Board approved an additional $1 million in Certificates of Participation (COPs) funding for the CPCC parking deck. The parking deck project needs additional funding because a substantial amount of soil on the site is unsuitable to support the parking structure. These funds will not be needed until early 2007 and will be included in the COPs sale scheduled for January 2007. This will increase the project to $10 million. The principal and interest on these funds, as well as on the original $9 million, will be repaid by CPCC from parking revenues.
CHILD PROTECTION TEAM REPORT. The Board received the annual report from the Community Child Fatality Team. The report includes data on child deaths from 2003 and 2004. Each North Carolina county is required to have such a team to review all child deaths to determine the causes and identify ways to prevent child deaths in the future. The report indicated motor vehicle accidents, guns and SIDS continue to be the most prevalent preventable cause of children deaths in Mecklenburg County.
LARRY'S COURT CLUBHOUSE. The Board approved naming the child care center in the new Mecklenburg County Courthouse the "Larry's Court Clubhouse," in memory of Larry King. The late Mr. King was executive director of the Council for Children from 1987 - 2005 who advocated for children and their well being.
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT 10-YEAR PLAN. The Board approved changes to the County's ten-year solid waste management plan. North Carolina law requires all units of local government to prepare and approve such a plan and requires mandatory updates to the plan at least every three years. The current revision is due by June 30, 2006. This revision to the Ten-Year Solid Waste Management Plan modifies the prior plan adopted by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners on May 6, 2003. The Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Management Plan was first adopted in September 1988 and subsequently amended in 1990, 1992, 1997, 2000 and 2003. This plan revision addresses changes in the County's waste management program since 2003, and proposes to place emphasis on certain waste reduction programs, particularly in the residential, commercial and construction & demolition waste sectors.
BUSINESS INVESTMENT GRANT. The Board approved Mecklenburg County's share of a business investment grant to Pavco, Inc. for a total estimated amount of $47,070 over 5 years. The total City/County grant for the 5-year term is estimated at $70,695. Pavco Inc., currently headquartered near Cleveland, Ohio, is a U.S. based manufacturer and global distributor of chemicals for the Metal Finishing Industry. Pavco plans to relocate its corporate headquarters as well as its research and development lab to the Charlotte region this year. Pavco is expected to make a capital investment of $1.5 million and create 25 new jobs over two years with an average wage of $85,000. Five additional jobs are expected in 2008 as it relocates its automotive division to this facility.