A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.
AWARDS AND PROCLAMATIONS: The Board of County Commissioners recognized the 25th anniversary of the McGuire Nuclear Station on Lake Norman. Commissioner Roberts introduced and the Board approved a proclamation recognizing the Carolina Hurricanes as winners of the 2006 Stanley Cup.
PUBLIC APPEARANCE: The following people addressed the Board on items not on the agenda:
- Jeannie Welch invited the Board to the 38th Annual Hickory Grove Parade
- Valerie McGill on the bird flu pandemic
- Nalini Jones about summer safety for children
- Sam Hearn about phone service inside the County Jail and pre-trial release
- Kevin Zolot about his concern that criminals have easy access to information about where law enforcement personnel live through the County’s POLARIS web service
APPOINTMENTS: The Board made the following appointments:
- James Barnett (as chairman), Charles Roberts, Jr., Wilton Savage, Andrew Sliwinski and Tommie Blakeney to the Board of Motor Vehicle Review.
- Mark Lisy and Edwin Sullivan to the Groundwater Advisory Committee
- Julie Elliott, Bryon L. Samuel, Sr., Ashley L. Smith, Catherine Williams, Barbara Pace and Linda Williams to the Adult Care Community Home Advisory Board
- Tara Boyd, Charles Burdick, Marta Fales, Edna Fielder-Sherer, Steven Keaton, Lisa Khayyat, David Morgan, Deana Morrow, Russell Tyler, Alan Wingate Elam, Jr., Deborah Miller, Donald White, and Brenda Williams to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Board
- Pamela Harris Lawton to the Public Art Commission
- Joel Randolph to the Centralina Economic Development Commission
LAND ACQUISITIONS: The Board approved the following land acquisitions:
- The donation of 14 acres along McDowell Creek from Pizzagalli Properties. The land will contribute to water quality protection and be incorporated into the McDowell Creek stream restoration.
- The purchase of 28 acres on Davidson-Concord Road for $30,000 per acre. The County will lease the property to the Town of Davidson for the preservation of open space, and the Historic Landmarks Commission will seek historic landmark designation for the Cashion/Moore Family Cemetery, located on the property.
- The donation of 8 acres at Rivergate Center off South Tryon Street from Childress Klein for greenway trail.
- The purchase of two parcels (1.77 acres and .32 acres) on St. George Street for $41,000 for the extension of the Briar Creek Greenway.
PUBLIC ART WORK PLAN: The Board approved the public art work plan for FY07. The Board’s Public Art Program Ordinance calls for using up to 1% of public building construction funds to include public art in County-owned buildings, parks, greenways, bikeways and public areas. The Public Art Commission’s proposed project list for FY07 includes public art for five locations at a cost of $179,459.
Current year projects that include artwork for 9 locations including the new courthouse, Freedom Mall renovation, and various greenways and park facilities total $1,749,975.