(A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:)
PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS:
The Board designated August 7 as Bojangles’ Famous Chicken n’ Biscuits 30th Anniversary Day.
Martin Davis addressed the Board on abortion.
The Board made the following appointments:
- Harry Sherrill was appointed to the Building Development Commission
- Shawn Kimble was appointed to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee
- Christopher Gegg and Wilton Savage were reappointed to the Citizens Capital Budget Advisory Committee
- Harold Norman was reappointed to the Historic Landmarks Commission
- Alan Teitleman, Emily Marroquin and Douglas Wilson were appointed to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
- Thomas Gatz was reappointed to the Mint Hill Planning Board
- Gregory Scharlemann was reappointed to the Waste Management Advisory Board
FY08 CAPITAL BUDGET:
The Board adopted the FY2008 Capital Budget and FY2008-2017 Capital Improvement Program. This includes providing direction regarding funding sources, amounts and purposes to be included on bond referenda on November 6, 2007. The Board approved a total package of $581.6 million including $516 million for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools which will be one of three separate referenda on the November Ballot. Land bonds and CPCC bonds are the other two. Additional steps are required by the Board to finalize the amounts and to authorize the referenda, including a public hearing and final authorization scheduled for September 5, 2007.
The Board approved an economic development grant of up to $8 million for a minor league baseball stadium to be built on County-owned land in Charlotte’s Third Ward. To remain on schedule to build a new baseball stadium in time for the 2009 season, the Charlotte Knights will be responsible for site infrastructure as well, contingent on the County providing an economic development grant to cover the project budget gap.
In a separate agenda item, the Board authorized the county manager to execute a development agreement between the County and the Charlotte Knights for the development of a minor league baseball stadium on County-owned land in Charlotte’s Third Ward. The agreement call for the Knights to construct the stadium on land the County will lease to the Knights for $1 a year. The County also would agree to site infrastructure improvements including a street relocation, sidewalks, drainage and all utilities to the site. These would be the improvements the Knights would construct for the County in return for an economic development grant.
BUSINESS INVESTMENT GRANT:
The Board approved a Business Investment Grant to Metso Power for a total estimated amount of $177,620 over three (3) years. Metso Power, which operates its U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, is planning to develop a new manufacturing center. The estimated value of the building expansion and related site improvements is estimated at $3.5 million, and will create 90 to 100 jobs at salaries estimated at $59,000. The grant would be contingent on the new investment and would occur after Metso pays its property taxes to Mecklenburg County. Actual grant payments would not exceed 90% of the taxes paid.
MENTAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP:
The Board approved recommending to the State that a proposed partnership and agreement occur between the Smoky Center and Guilford Center Local Management Entities and the Mecklenburg Area Mental Health Authority. The agreement would create a consortium that would serve as the operational administrator for mental health services in these regions of North Carolina. The proposed consortium would assume the duties of the private firm the state has contracted to administer Medicaid-funded mental health services in the state. Due to cost overruns and other problems with the current approach, Mecklenburg, Guilford and the Smoky Center mental health agencies are partnering to provide an alternative administrative consortium to increase the efficiency in overseeing contracting and enhance the quality of the care being provided.