(A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:)
The Board proclaimed February 2008 as Human Relations Month in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County
The following people addressed the board about issues of interest:
- Reverend Willie Simpson spoke about bridging the community
- Pam Hester spoke about a greenway in Huntersville
The Board approved the purchase of 9.75 acres of land along Reddman Road for $515,000 for a future district park. The Board also approved purchase of approximately six acres of open space north of Highway 51 at McAlpine Creek for $75,000 for water quality management and future expansion of the greenway.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVISORY BOARD REPORT
The Board received the annual report and recommendations from the Domestic Violence Advisory Board (DVAB), a volunteer citizen advisory group. The DVAB has been charged with reporting to the BOCC about the state of domestic violence in our community. The DVAB will be made the following recommendations:
- Convene working group to address immediate shelter needs of victims of domestic violence
- Provide funding for new battered women’s shelter and transitional housing
- Set aside funding for domestic violence public awareness campaign on public transportation
- Create city/county position of domestic violence coordinator
- Increase board membership
CONSOLIDATED HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY
The Board held a public hearing and then approved establishing a consolidated human services agency. This decision was prompted by recent changes in state personnel rules that were deemed by the Board to be less favorable for county employees than the current county human resources policies and procedures. By state law, consolidated human services agencies are not subject to the State Personnel Act and will allow Mecklenburg County to continue to develop and maintain policies that are in the best interests of its employees. The formal consolidation will not alter the leadership, operation or services of the County’s human services agencies.
AD HOC COMMITTEE ON SHERIFF
The Board received a report from the Ad Hoc Committee on the appointment of a sheriff recommending that the Board name acting Sheriff Daniel Bailey the Sheriff of Mecklenburg County. The board adopted the recommendation and elected Bailey as Sheriff.
ARTS & TECHNOLOGY CENTER FEASIBILITY STUDY
The Board received an update from County Manager Harry Jones on the partnership between the Charlotte Chamber and the County Manager’s Office to study the feasibility of establishing an arts & technology center in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. This study would determine whether Charlotte-Mecklenburg is a good market to replicate the highly successful youth and adult learning center in Pittsburgh. A similar replication in Cincinnati has increased high school graduation rates dramatically in one year. So far, the Chamber’s Advantage Carolina has raised $30,000 from a Knight Foundation grant to help fund the $150,000 feasibility study.