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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 Commission Capsule

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

The Board adopted the following proclamations:

  • April 13-19 as Health Care Decisions Week
  • April 2008 as Minority Health Month
  • April 2008 as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month
  • April 2008 as Alcohol Awareness Month

The following people addressed the board about issues of interest:

  • Chatham Olive about the Charlotte Clean and Green Event

The Board made the following appointments:

  • Nathaniel Anderson, Tonya Curry, Eve Goodrich, Andy Silver and Owen Stakowski to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee
  • Charles Bowen and Belva Greenich to the Library Board of Trustees
  • Thomas Glenn to the Fire Commission

During its dinner meeting, the Board received a briefing from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce on a proposed Committee of 21, a task force on road prioritization and funding for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The Committee of 21 would have three goals. Prioritize local and state road needs in Mecklenburg County; Build consensus around long term funding option(s) for local and state roads in Mecklenburg County; Advocate for anticipated local and/or state approval of a proposed funding option(s). The Committee of 21 would be composed of:

  • Seven recommended by the City Manager (Vice Chair)
  • Seven recommended by the County Manager (Vice Chair)
  • Seven recommended by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce (Chair)

The Board received an update on the development of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and stream restoration project between Morehead and 7th Street. Completion of construction of this entire greenway and stream restoration project is planned for Spring 2010.

The Board received a proposal from WTVI on the creation of a new TV channel devoted to local and regional issues. The channel, to be called Public Square, would focus on informing and involving area residents in issues affecting the community and local government. WTVI is proposing a phased-in approach to funding this new channel, consistent with the Board’s desire to maximize the value of a publicly owned TV station, such as WTVI. The County Manager is recommending that the Board authorize him to negotiate revisions to the current MOU between Mecklenburg County and WTVI consistent with this proposal.
The Board received a presentation on the outlook for next year’s budget including projections for next year’s revenues and funding requests. Currently, these two factors present a gap of approximately $60 million dollars where funding requests outpace anticipated revenues. The update revealed that total growth revenue is projected to be less than the total increase requested by the CMS superintendent.

The Board approved its legislative agenda for the N.C. General Assembly’s short session that convenes in May. Items include:

  • Seeking legislation to allow Mecklenburg County to refund Law Enforcement Service District Taxes in the case of annexation.
  • Increasing the daily reimbursement rate for housing state inmates in county jails.
  • Seeking legislation to adopt ordinances regulating smoking in public places.
The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Tuesday, April 1, 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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