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BOCC meeting results August 5, 2008

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Tuesday, August 5, 2008. The meeting is scheduled for re-telecast at various times on the Government Channel (Time-Warner Cable Channel 16) and GOV-TV (digital cable channel 232).The meeting can also be viewed online at

PROCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS. The Board adopted the following proclamations:
• Recognized the Park and Recreation department and individuals that won six National Association of Counties Achievement Awards.
• Recognized August 25 as “Men Taking Children to School on Their First Day.”

PUBLIC APPEARANCES. The following people addressed the board about issues of interest:
• Martin Davis about County debt.
• Barry Dodd about a picnic for the disabled

APPOINTMENTS. The Board made the following appointments:
• Delvenia Crowell, Donna Dunn, Joan Dunn, Stephen Flaherty, Ethel Goodwin, Jim Howard and Anita Steele to the Adult Day Care Home Advisory Committee
• Mary Barker, Randolph Perkins and Mark Casper to the Air Quality Commission
• Nathaniel Anderson and Demario Baker to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee
• Cynthia Bush, Thomas Fitch, Norm Gundel, William Rakatansky and Stewart Barney to the Citizen’s Capital Budget Advisory Committee
• Sherryl Baker to the Personnel Commission
• Linda Cunningham and Bernard Felder to the Citizens’ Revaluation Advisory Committee
• Dawn Biobaum and Katrina Streiner to the Public Arts Commission

FOUR DAY WORK WEEK PLAN. The Board directED the County Manager to research the feasibility and implications of implementing a 10 hours a day 4 days a week work schedule for County employees that can be scheduled to work in this manner.

NOVEMBER BOND REFERENDUM. The Board approved the next steps in authorizing a bond referendum in November 2008 for up to $250 million in park and recreation bonds.  The Board can reduce this amount at this time or at its next meeting in September, following a public hearing on the proposed referendum.

SEX OFFENDER ORDINANCE. The Board approved an ordinance prohibiting registered sex offenders from entering County parks.  Recently, the N.C. Supreme Court has ruled that such ordinances are legal and permitted in North Carolina.

LESD REFUND. The Board authorized a process to provide refunds to specific property owners in the Shannamara subdivision in Stallings who paid the County’s Law Enforcement Service District Property Tax to pay for police services in the County’s unincorporated areas.  This subdivision was annexed by the Town of Stallings, so the property owners also paid their Town tax to pay for police provided by the Town.  Recent state legislation now allows the City of Charlotte to reimburse the property owners taxes totaling $22,401.12. 

SPIRIT SQUARE UPDATE. The Board received an update from the Spirit Square Community Task Force. Last March, the Board directed the County Manager to:
• Modify the Spirit Square lease to provide a six month termination notice period for Spirit Square tenants if the facility is sold for redevelopment
• Issue and RFP process for the potential sale and redevelopment of Spirit Square, involving arts agencies in this process
• Identify capital needs for a potential sale and redevelopment

FIRST WARD PARK. The Board approved a conceptual framework for a public/private partnership for a park and parking decks in Charlotte’s First Ward.  The partnership would include the County, City of Charlotte, UNC-Charlotte and Levine Properties. This public/private partnership would fund 1,335 public parking spaces, 305 of which would be used by UNC-Charlotte for its new 135,000 square foot UNC-Charlotte Center City Building. Mecklenburg County would build a First Ward Park on the block surrounded by Seventh and Brevard Streets and the light rail line. Levine Properties plans for development around the park and nearby parcels include two million square feet for office use, 2,150 residential units and 282,000 square feet of retail. This represents an estimated $1.2 billion private sector investment.

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