(A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:)
The following people addressed the board about issues of interest:
- Valerie McGill about Citizens Arrest
- Sam Mount spoke about a greenway in Huntersville
- Mike Crafts spoke about trashy neighborhoods
- Dave Cable about a plaque presentation
- Scott McClure introduced new members of the Park Commission
The Board made the following appointments:
- Edward Smith to the Adult Care Home Advisory Committee
- JoAnne Allen, Russell Allen, James Barnett, Damon Bidencope, , Aretha Blake, William Hawkins, Jack Morgan and Kenneth Friedman were reappointed to the Board of Equalization and Review
- Carol Barry to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee
- Najeedah Stover and Jessica Halvorsen to the Waste management Advisory Board
KNIGHTS BASEBALL AGREEMENTS
The Board waived two of the nine conditions within the agreements with Knights Baseball to allow the execution of the lease agreement and limited site improvements for the construction of a minor league baseball stadium on County-owned land in Third Ward. The two provisions proposed to be waived are: that the county has secured the title for all land required for the Romare Bearden Park in Third Ward; and all conditions precedent to the closing of project financing be met. This request is being made to the Board to facilitate the development of the baseball stadium in time for the 2009 season.
GREENWAY EMINENT DOMAIN
The Board adopted a policy to not use eminent domain to acquire private property for the use of greenways, bike paths, or trails without the consent of the property owner. While Mecklenburg County has never used eminent domain in this manner, recent concerns have been expressed by some property owners about this possibility.
COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE REPORT
The Board received a report on behalf of the Board’s Community Building Committee regarding contract language to ensure tax funds are not used to support employing illegal immigrants.