(A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:)
PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS.
The Board adopted the following proclamations and recognitions:
- Designated June 20, 2007 as "Raggs" Day in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
- Recognized CMS students who won second place in the National Science Olympiad competition.
- Recognized CMS High Schools ranked by Newsweek magazine as being among America’s top 900 high schools.
The following people addressed the board about issues of interest:
- Jeanie Welch about Hickory Grove’s Fourth of July Parade.
- Martin Davis spoke about abortion.
The Board made the following appointments:
- Julie Elliot, Barbara Pace and Ashley Smith were appointed to the Adult Care Home Advisory Board
- Wanda Towler was appointed to the Building Development Commission
- Akenna Blackmon, Laurie Garo, Jeff Hood, Russell Price, Paul Strickland and Jerry Swindell were appointed to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
- Tara Boyd, Charles Burdick, Marta Fales, Edna Fielder-Sherer, Steven Keaton, Lisa Khayyat, Deborah Miller, David Morgan, Deana Morrow, Russell Tyler, Donald White and Brenda Williams were appointed to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee
FY08 CAPITAL BUDGET.
The Board received the County Manager’s recommended capital improvement program and capital budget for FY08. The Manager is recommending a CIP of $847.4 million to fund more than 70 public facility projects including more than 50 public school projects. The County Manager is recommending $616.7 million in capital funding for CMS that would be on the November 2007 ballot as a bond referendum along with $46.5 million for CPCC. Approximately $52.3 million would be used for park facilities and buying park land and open space, with nearly another $50 million to be used for other public and government facilities. Funding for these projects would come from Paygo, Certificates of Participation, and land bond referendum and other non-voted bonds. Another $80.7 million would be financed for storm water projects funded from storm water fees. The Board scheduled further discussion about this issue by adding a public policy workshop to its regular meeting July 10. The workshop will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
BUSINESS LOCATION AND EXPANSION GRANT.
The Board denied a Business Investment Grant to Microban Products Company for a total estimated amount of $112,500 over 5 years. (Total County/Town grant for the five-year period estimated at $188,625). Microban International is located in Huntersville and contemplates adding 20-30 additional employees over the next three years.
HAL MARSHALL CENTER SALE.
The Board received a report on a proposal to purchase the County’s Hal Marshall Center on North Tryon. This complex houses the County’s LUESA Department, Community Support Services Department, and other County services. Earlier this year the Board approved the process for considering proposals to purchase the site, which included contingencies that the buyer would need to accommodate the timetable for the County to relocate these services to the former Freedom Mall site owned by the County.