(A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:)
- The Board proclaimed April 15-21 as National Library Week in Mecklenburg County;
- the Board adopted a joint proclamation designating April 2007 as Alcohol Awareness Month in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County;
- the Board proclaimed April 2007 as Scottish Heritage Month and
- the Board also recognized April 2007 as National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in Mecklenburg County.
- Carroll Grey and Ada Nicolay spoke about and previewed a video clip from the WTVI series called Legacy;
- Martin Davis spoke about the tenth anniversary of the BOCC defunding arts programs in Mecklenburg County.
- Mary Short spoke about Area Mental Health; Richard Lincoln about homeless helping homeless;
- Blanche Penn, Dwayne Collins and William Mohammed talked about Winners Plus.
The Board made the following appointments to boards and committees:
- Akeena Blackmon, Trina Fullard, Lauri Garo and Jeff Hood were reappointed to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council;
- JoAnne Allen and James Barnett were appointed to the Board of Equalization and Review;
- Scott Brown and Joe Mynatt were appointed to the Business Expansion and Funding Corporation;
- Norm Gundel and Wilton Savage were appointed to the Citizen’s Capital Budget Advisory Committee and
- Angela Haigler and Douglas Wilson were appointed to the Waste Management Advisory Board.
STATUS OF SENIORS UPDATE: The Board received an update on progress in implementing recommendations from the Status of Seniors Report. The Status of Seniors Initiative brought together aging advocates, public and private sector stakeholders and citizens to develop recommendations and begin looking at policy changes to meet the current and future needs of a growing senior population in Mecklenburg County. A number of the recommendations have been implemented and progress is being made. This update listed what has been accomplished so far, what is currently in process, and what plans are being made to address other concerns of the aging community.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVISORY REPORT:
The Board received a report of the Domestic Violence Advisory Board which was appointed in part by the Board of County Commissioners to study the current status of Domestic Violence issues in Mecklenburg County. This report for 2006 identified key accomplishments, such as the County creating a Community Services Support Department. The Report also provided a series of recommendations, including support for creating a domestic violence coordinator position to oversee increased cooperation and coordination among domestic violence agencies. Other recommendations include Satellite shelters established throughout the community, a visitation center established for the safe exchange of children, Transitional housing for people leaving the shelter and short term arrangements for emergency and transitional housing while a new shelter is being built.