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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Commission Capsule

(A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:)

The Board proclaimed March 2007 as Women’s History Month in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County; the Board proclaimed March 27, 2007 as Elie Wiesel Day in Mecklenburg County.

    Reverend Willie Simpson spoke about support for neighborhoods North of uptown Charlotte;
  • Glenda Blaisdell Buck spoke about the National Board Certified Teachers Leadership Policy Summit;
  • Martin Davis spoke about the State of the County.
  • James Duncan spoke about potential development of property at 325 North College Street.
  • Susan Hewitt spoke about Spirit Square.

The Board made the following appointments to boards and committees:

  • Russell Allen, Damon Bidenscope, Aretha Blake, William Hawkins, Jack Morgan, Alan Turner and Kenneth Friedman (also reappointed Chairman) were reappointed to the Board of Equalization and Review;
  • Trina Fullard, Laurie Garo, Jeff Hood, Paul Strickland, Jacotron Potts and Russell Price we reappointed to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council;
  • Shawn Brady was reappointed to the Waste management Advisory Board.

The Board instructed the County Manager to seek state approval for changing the way tax bills are published. Specifically, the request is to list separate property tax rates for the County’s funding for CMS, CPCC and general County services. This would mean taxpayers would see the specific breakdown of how property taxes are applied to these three major categories of county funding.

The Board approved an appropriation of $10,000 from unrestricted contingency to help pay fore a proposed Women’s Summit in Charlotte-Mecklenburg in 2008.

The Board set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. on April 17 to receive public input on proposed debt financing for a public-private development with the Town of Huntersville and two local firms. If approved, the County and Town would jointly finance $29.4 million to pay for relocating a rail line, constructing offsite road improvements, extending a thoroughfare road for the project and building a parking deck. Project Bryton is a mixed-used development proposed for the southeastern corner of Huntersville. It will feature residential, retail, restaurant and a business park on 400 acres east of Old Statesville Road.

The Board received an update on progress in completing land exchanges and other requirements to build an urban park in Third Ward, begin the first phase of Second Ward redevelopment, and bring minor league baseball to Charlotte’s center city. The Board instructed the County Manager to negotiate agreements that would modify the Spirit Square lease, use an RFP process for the sale/redevelopment of Spirit Square, to delay support for baseball one year to 2010 and to consider operational and capital requests for these projects during the FY08 Budget process.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Tuesday, March 20, 2007. The meeting was televised live on The Government Channel, cable channel 16 and rebroadcast on WTVI at Midnight. The meeting is scheduled for re-telecast at various times on the Government Channel and GOV-TV, digital cable channel 232. Meetings are also available for viewing online


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