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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 Commission Capsule

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

The Board inducted County Finance Director Harry Weatherly into the order of the Hornet. The Order of the Hornet was established in 1972 as the highest honor the Board of County Commissioners can bestow for service to the community. Weatherly is retiring from the County on November 30 after thirty years of service.

The following people addressed the Board on items not on the agenda:

  • Martin Davis on the 2006 general election and political ideologies.
  • Blanche Penn offered thanks to outgoing Commissioners Jim Puckett and Wilhelmenia Remebert.

The Board made appointments to the following advisory boards:

  • Janet Ernst, Susan Shellhorn, and Scott TenBroeck to the Adult Care Home Advisory Committee
  • Trent Haston to the Building Development Commission
  • Collette Andrea Alston to the Waste Management Advisory Board

The Board approved the following land acquisitions:

  • The purchase of 116 Placid Place from Gregory Moran for $305,000 and 134 Placid Place from Kris Tulos for $300,000 for flood hazard mitigation. Funding for the purchases comes from Flood Mitigation Assistance grants and local matching funds.
  • The donation of 7.9 acres along McAlpine Creek Tributary #6 from D.R. Horton, Inc., 33.2 acres along Sugar Creek from McDowell Investments, LLC., and 17.589 acres on Little Sugar Creek and Walker Branch Tributary from Rhein Medall Communities. All donations will be used for greenway purposes.

The Board appointed Sarah Heasley as Interim Finance Director, effective December 1, 2006. Currently, Ms. Heasley serves as deputy director of the County’s Finance Department.  Her primary responsibilities include debt management, financial and grant reporting, and participation in the capital planning and budgeting process. She has been employed with Mecklenburg County for 30 years.

The Board held a public hearing and authorized the January 2007 sale of general obligation bonds and certificates of participation (COPs). A total $219.1 million in borrowing is planned, with $102 million of that being sold as bonds. This includes:

  • $152.1 million for CMS facilities
  • $26.5 million for park and recreation facilities
  • $17 million for CPCC facilities
  • $10 million for county facilities at the former Freedom Mall site
  • $4.5 million for library facilities
  • $3.2 million for law enforcement facilities
  • $2.2 million for mental health facilities
  • $2 million for court facilities

The Board received a report from County Manager Harry Jones on the creation and use of a marketing and communications logo for Mecklenburg County. The Board acknowledged the need to eliminate the many logos being used, and justification for the County to have a consistent symbol that represents all County departments and services. However, the Board asked the County Manager to consider additional options for how the visibility for the County Seal can maintained.  As a result, the manager agreed to delay the effective date for the implementation of the communications and marketing logo in order to address this input by the Board.

The Board directed County staff to conduct a fiscal impact analysis on all economic development initiatives in which the County is asked to participate. The resolution acknowledges that the County has granted numerous business investment grants and participated in other economic development projects, and that the use of County funds in these instances has the potential to increase costs in other county services to meet growth needs.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Tuesday, November 21, 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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