A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.
PROCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS:
The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed October as Substance Abuse Awareness Month; October 7 as Big Sweep Day; October 1 - 7 as National 4-H Week; and October 12 as Lights On Afterschool Day.
The following people addressed the Board on items not on the agenda:
- Mary Howerton on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Drug Free Coalition
- Jason McAuliffe on Storm Water Services and flood plain mapping
- Martin Davis on the 2006 General Election and the candidates' stands on issues.
The Board made the following appointments:
- Mary Richardson to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
- Keva Walton to the CMUD Advisory Committee
- Terri Jarina and Julie Owens to the Women's Commission
The Board approved the following land acquisitions:
- The donation of 21.27 acres on McIntire Creek from Beazer Homes and 7.95 acres on McMullen Creek from Rhein Medall Communities to be used for greenway purposes.
- The donation of 4.023 acres of SWIM buffer along Hoover Creek from Childress Klein RiverGate Shopping Center to be used for greenway purposes.
- The Historic Landmarks Commission purchase of the N.S. Alexander House and four acres of land at 5014 North Sharon Amity Road for $225,000 for preservation and adaptive redevelopment.
HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE:
The Board received a presentation from CMS regarding the High School Challenge and appropriated $4.9 million from restricted contingency for this effort. This is the third year of a three-year commitment made by the Board to fund the high school challenge, which is a targeted initiative to increase academic achievement at three public high schools. Recently, the Board of Education approved a new approach to the High School Challenge. The Board allocated $4.9 million in restricted contingency for the High School Challenge this year, pending the update and request for these funds by CMS.
TRANSIT SALES TAX:
The Board discussed but did not approve directing the County Manager to provide the options for using the Board's referendum authority as leverage in re-evaluating the use of the half-cent sales tax dedicated to transit services.
CULTURAL FACILITIES AGREEMENTS:
The Board approved the Cultural Facilities Agreements and authorized the Chairman to execute these Agreements, which are:
- City/County/Wachovia Development Agreement
- City/County Interlocal Agreement
- City/County/Towns Interlocal Rental Car Tax Agreement
Drafts of the Cultural Facilities Agreements were previously discussed by the Board. On August 28, 2006, the Charlotte City Council approved revisions to the City/County Interlocal Agreement to acknowledge the City's responsibility for maintenance and repair of the Cultural Facilities. The County's primary role is the levying of the 5-cent increase in the vehicle rental tax that will indirectly be used by the City of Charlotte for the development of these facilities. The City and the County will share ownership of the property, which will be leased to Wachovia, which serves as the developer of the property and facilities.