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Wednesday, January 2, 2008 Commission Capsule

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

The following people addressed the board about issues of interest:

  • Rev. Willie Simpson spoke about MLK Park.

The following people were appointed to County Advisory Boards and Committees:

  • Brenda McMoore was appointed to the Park and Recreation Commission
  • Mark Casper was appointed Chairman of the Air Quality Commission

The Board approved a substitute motion that will allow the Chairman to appoint two democratic members of the Board to an ad hoc committee regarding the appointment of a Mecklenburg County Sheriff.  At its December 18 meeting, the Board approved creating this committee to:

  • Gather information about the appeals that have been filed with the Democratic Party Council of Review challenging the validity of the actions of the Mecklenburg County Executive Committee taken on December 6, 2007 with respect to the resignation of the Sheriff of Mecklenburg County and the naming of his successor.
  • Examine the various statutes in Chapter 162 and other Chapters of the North Carolina General Statutes which are related to this situation.
  • Gather such other information with respect to this matter as the committee shall deem appropriate.
  • Make such recommendations to the entire Board of Commissioners as the committee deems appropriate.
  • Consult with the County’s attorneys with respect to these matters.

The Board deferred consideration of two land deals to its January 15 meeting:

  • Purchase of seven tracts of land in the Third Ward of Charlotte’s center city, some of which will be used for the Romare Bearden Park.
  • Sale of three parcels of land to Brooklyn Village, LLC for a mixed-use development known as Brooklyn Village.

The Board deferred until its January 15 meeting consideration of a long-term lease agreement with Knights Baseball for the operation of a baseball stadium on County land in Third Ward.

The Board approved borrowing through bond sale $12 million for park and recreation needs, and $148.5 million public schools, land, jails and park and recreation facilities. This borrowing process through the sale of non-voted and voted general obligation bonds will occur later this month.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Wednesday, January 2, 2008. 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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