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Tuesday, July 18, 2006 Commission Capsule

A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

PUBLIC APPEARANCE. The following people addressed the Board on items not on the agenda:

  • Valerie Gill on malaria
  • Donna Jenkins Dawson on community and school issues
  • Mark Sprinkle on storm water in the Briar Creek community
  • Drorester Alexander on youth in crisis
  • Sharon Bennett, William Belk, and Natalie Givens on North Carolina Court Watch.

APPOINTMENTS. The Board made the following appointments:

  • Trent Haston to the Building Development Commission
  • Anne Radke to the Groundwater Advisory Committee
  • Melissa Behrens, Janice Habash, Aileen Maddox and Joseph Marinello to the Women's Commission
  • Gregory Scharlemann to the Waste Management Advisory Board
  • Jerome Alexander, Thomas Fitch, Christopher Gegg, Mark Leggett, Tim Morgan, Michael Murdock, William Rakatansky, and Barney Stewart to the Citizen's Capital Budget Advisory Committee
  • Yolanda Law to the Historic Landmarks Commission
  • Marilyn O'Connor and Hazel West to the Region F Aging Advisory Committee
  • Fred Monroe to the Storm Water Advisory Committee
  • Daryle Benson to the Waste Management Advisory Board

LAND ACQUISITIONS. The Board approved the following land acquisitions.

  • The purchase of 1.3 acres at Ramah Church Road for $156,000 from Joe and Melinda Bell.
  • The purchase of 0.5 acre at St. George Street for $17,000 from Chris P. Kanellopoulus.
  • Requested the City of Charlotte release deed restrictions on 2.161 acres and adopted a resolution to exchange the property for 1.74 acres of CPCC for the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM. The Board approved a two-year $39.8 million capital improvement program. Funding would come from PayGo and Certificates of Participation (COPs); no bond referendum is required. The program will fund nine capital projects:

  • Medical examiner equipment
  • District attorney expansion - phase 1
  • County files and equipment storage facility
  • Jail central intake
  • Freedom Mall
  • Hickory Grove library relocation
  • Scaleybark library relocation
  • Sharon Road library relocation
  • Freedom Mall outparcel (DSS senior enrichment center)

ADDITIONAL COURTHOUSE COSTS. The Board approved authorizing an additional $2 million in COPs to complete the construction of the new courthouse at McDowell and Fourth Streets in Charlotte. These funds are needed to pay for major change orders such as foundation changes due to unforeseen site conditions, structural steel changes and structural concrete changes.  With this additional $2 million, the total cost of the courthouse will be $148.2 million.

SALVATION ARMY SHELTER EXPANSION. The Board appropriated $47,483 from unrestricted contingency to allow the Salvation Army to operate and expand the Emergency Winter Shelter on Statesville Road from July 12 through October 12. The 180-bed Center of Hope homeless shelter serves women and children only. The expansion will help accommodate growing numbers; the shelter has been averaging between 225-230 people per evening. The Salvation Army has obtained temporary use of the Emergency Winter Shelter at a cost of $97,483. The United Way will provide $50,000 to augment the County's contribution.

THIRD WARD PARK. The Board received a status report on the new Third Ward Park and a proposal to consider land exchanges and other steps to locate a minor league baseball park in Charlotte's center city. The report detailed appraised values of land to be exchanged among Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, Mass Mutual and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. In concept, the County would be responsible for building the park in Third Ward, the City would be responsible for baseball stadium infrastructure in Third Ward, and street, sidewalk and utility infrastructure in Second Ward. The report also presented conceptual park designs for the parks in Second and Third Wards. Next steps are to develop business terms and draft agreements among the parties.

PARK AND REC DIRECTOR RETIRING. County Manager Harry Jones announced that Park and Recreation Department Director Wayne Weston is retiring after 22 years of service, effective August 1. Jones has named Dot Law, Executive Assistant to the Park and Recreation Director, as interim director. During his tenure with Mecklenburg County, Weston oversaw many changes and improvements to the County park operations. This includes managing the consolidation of the County park system with the City of Charlotte Park and Recreation Department in 1992, and the establishment of a popular greenway system that currently includes 23 miles of developed paths and 158 miles of undeveloped greenways.


The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Tuesday, July 18, 2006. The meeting is scheduled for re-telecast at various times on the Government Channel, Time-Warner Cable Channel 16 and GOV-TV digital cable channel 232. The meeting can also be viewed online.

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