(A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:)
The Board recognized students from Albemarle Road Middle School for their use of positive four-letter words; The Board proclaimed April 30-May 4, 2007 as Air Awareness Week; The Board adopted a joint proclamation designating April 2007 as Fair Housing Month; The Board received a check for $50,000 from Harris Teeter and Purina for their sponsorship of Bark in the Park April 28.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT WEEK.
The board proclaimed April 22-28 as County Government Week in Mecklenburg County. This designation is part of National County Government Week, which is observed to increase public awareness about the responsibilities, services and results of county government. As part of this designation, Mecklenburg County is distributing a new information publication called “Inside Mecklenburg” that highlights the programs and services provided to serve help Mecklenburg residents improve their lives and the community. Copies of the publication are available at all County facilities including library branches. It is also available at MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.
- Martin Davis spoke about the April 3 BOCC meeting;
- Gregory Vaughn spoke about Affordable Health Benefits;
- Catherine Moore, Julie Ennils, Cy Davis, Gardner Hawkins, Gregory Dargan, Jacqueline Carmack and Sha’Sherese Drayton spoke about Mental Health cuts.
The Board approved the purchase of the following properties for school sites: 10.6 acres at $47,251 per acre for North Mecklenburg High School; 13.8 acres at $125,000 per acre on Salome Church Road; 68 acres at $75,000 per acre as a Mint Hill High School site; 4.66 acres and house for $360,000 at the Bailey Road High School site. The Board approved an exchange of =/-1.2522 acres of Veterans Park for +/- 3.3137 acres along Briar Creek tributary between McClintock Road and the realigned Iris Drive. (City of Charlotte must release deed restriction on the Veterans Park property which was conveyed to the County as part of Parks consolidation).
The Board made the following appointments to boards and committees: Barbara Edwards was appointed to the Adult Care Home Advisory Committee; Mic Alexander, Scott Brown, Edna Chirico, Joe Mynatt and Todd Taylor were appointed to the Business Expansion Funding Corporation; Morgan Cromwell was appointed to the Domestic Violence Advisory Board; Michael Middleton was appointed to the Groundwater Advisory Committee; Shawanga Burrell, Alan Elam, Sr. and Linda Linfors were appointed to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee.
COPS FOR CMS.
The Board approved a request by the Board of Education to issue Certificates of Participation in the amount of $31.6 million. COPs are a form of non-voted debt. Funding would pay for the construction of two new elementary schools.
The Board held a public hearing (which will continue on May 1, 2007) on Project Bryton. This is a proposed public-private development between the County, the Town of Huntersville and two local private forms. The project would involve financial assistance from the County and the Town for a mixed-use development in the southeastern corner of the Town. The project would include residential, retail and other commercial development. Financial assistance would include financing $29.4 million to relocate a rail line, construct offsite road improvements and extend a thoroughfare for the proposed projects.
The Board approved an agreement between the County, the City of Charlotte and Pappas Properties for greenway and offsite road improvements associated with the Metropolitan Project, formerly known as Midtown Square Mall. This includes relocation of the bridge at Baxter Street and Kings Drive to provide clearance for Little Sugar Creek Greenway and improve traffic flow. The cost for these improvements will be $2 million each for the city and county, and $1 million for Pappas Properties.
The Board received a ten-year plan to end homelessness in Mecklenburg County. This plan follows a 2002 report that identified the key issues associated with homelessness and called for a comprehensive plan to address these issues. Called “More than Shelter” the plan identifies roles and responsibilities for local government, non-profits, faith organizations, businesses and others in addressing this community problem. One of the key roles for the Board and County would be to create a leadership and accountability structure to ensure coordination and oversight for the implementation of this plan, including creating a Board of Advisors. The three goals of the plan are to:
- Get homeless families and individuals into appropriate and safe permanent housing ASAP.
- Link chronic homeless to housing, treatment and services through intensive outreach
- Promote housing stability for those most at risk of becoming homeless