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Tuesday, October 17, 2006 Commission Capsule

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

The Board proclaimed October 2006 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and adopted a resolution supporting parent-community involvement in school.

The following people addressed the Board on items not on the agenda:
  • Kelvin Jones, II on family involvement in schools
  • Valerie McGill on political parties
  • Clinton Cort, Tob Brabson and Robert Cole on McAlpine relief sewer from Six Mile Creek junction box to Johnson Road
  • Martin Davis on light rail, domestic partner benefits and taxes.

The Board made the following appointments:

  • Maxine Eaves and Robert Fuller to the Women's Commission
  • Roland W. Provost, Patricia M. Provost, Susan Schoonmaker and George W. Pierson to the Adult Care Community Home Advisory Board
  • Melinda B. Vinson and Kathy Willits to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Board

The Board approved the purchase of the following school sites by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education:

  • 25.5-acres on Hucks Road for $1,453,500
  • 50.2698-acres on Belmeade Drive for $2,249,573

The Board approved changes to County Manager Harry Jones' annual base salary and other elements of his annual compensation. Jones' base salary will increase from $187,200 to $195,624, a 4.5-percent increase. Other elements of his compensation include a performance bonus, benefits and retirement, deferred compensation, and longevity pay, for a total compensation of $253,961, a 6.5-percent increase.

The County Manager's performance bonus is $40,154. The performance bonus is to reward achievement in four categories - balanced scorecard, strategic management plan, demonstrated leadership and professional development. Jones was eligible for a maximum of $56,160, or 30% of his current base salary. The Board determined that the County met 52% of the measures on the County's balanced scorecard and the County Manager met 85% of their strategic objectives. The Board also determined that Jones achieved the 100% level each for demonstrated leadership and professional development.

The Board approved a resolution asking the N.C. General Assembly to provide local governments with the authority to enact local smoking policies for enclosed, indoor public places, such as restaurants.

The Board approved reinstating amendments to the Transit Governance Interlocal Agreement for the Board's review and approval of the transit capital program and operating program/second year adjustments. The Board of County Commissioners and the Charlotte City Council will both have to approve the final amendment language, to be prepared by County staff.

The Board directed staff to examine the records of those participating in DWI treatment court to determine their immigration status and the disposition of the cases. The Board also directed staff to take the matter of illegal immigrants participating in DWI court to the Criminal Justice Advisory Group for consideration and ask the Sheriff to work with the ICE program to determine immigration status of court participants. Information presented to the Board indicated that there are no policies or procedures in place with regard to immigration status of DWI court participants.

The Board approved moving forward with three projects that will be funded by $8 million in November 2004 voter-approved bonds for sportsplexes. Voters approved a total of $25 million for sportsplexes throughout the County; this $8 million has been targeted by the Park and Recreation Department to develop partnerships that leverage bond funds with other investments.

The first project would use $5 million in bonds funds and $2 million from the Town of Matthews in a partnership between the County and Town in developing athletic fields and other amenities on County-owned land at I-485 and Independence Boulevard. The second would use $2 million to build athletic fields on land owned by the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. The third project will be for $1 million for improvements at Bradford Park in Huntersville. The Matthews and Friendship Church projects will require the County Manager to negotiate agreements between the County and these separate parties as well as have staff develop specific site design and come back to the Board for final approval of the master plans and costs.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Tuesday, October 17, 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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