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Wednesday, February 19, 2008 Commission Capsule

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

The Board adopted the following proclamations:

  • March 2008 as Women’s History Month in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County
  • March 1 – May 31 as the Mecklenburg County “Great American Clean-up”
  • February 2008 as Black History Month in Mecklenburg County

The following people addressed the board about issues of interest:

  • Maria Hanlin spoke about improving trust between races and cultures
  • Ada Jackson about “Children finding wisdom on the front porch”
  • Kim Hester spoke about a greenway in Huntersville

The Board made the following appointments:

  • Barbara Watson, Carol Berry and Linda Olige were appointed to the Adult Care Home Advisory Committee
  • Lauren Blackburn was appointed to the Bicycle Committee
  • Sally Robinson and Darrell Williams were appointed to the Library Board of Trustees
  • Jason McDaniel to the Waste Management Advisory Board

The Board amended the capital project ordinance for school facilities to provide funding for four school construction projects that were previously slated for development by a private company. After a lengthy evaluation, it was determined that this public private partnership would cost more than having the County borrow the $65 million with CMS overseeing construction. Therefore, the Board of Education is requesting the Board of County Commissioners authorize Certificates of Participation for four projects:

  • Replacement of Long Creek Elementary School
  • Renovations at South Mecklenburg HS
  • Additions and Renovations at Idlewild Elementary
  • Additions and Renovations at Harding University HS

This change will not impede or affect the schedule for completing these projects.

The Board received staff recommendations on options for providing additional information in tax bills to educate and inform taxpayers about the major areas of spending, such as CMS, CPCC and County services. The Board supported an option to include an information insert in tax bills sent out by the County tax Collector.

The Board approved a collaboration with the City of Charlotte, CMS and other agencies to enhance the skills of parents to help their children be productive adults; to create employment opportunities for youth; and to expand mentoring of youth in the community.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Wednesday, February 19, 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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