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Commission Capsule - October 18, 2011
Flood Mitigation Quick-Buy Program

The Board approved purchase of six properties through the Quick-Buy flood acquisition program. On August 5, 2011, Charlotte-Mecklenburg experienced significant rainfall that resulted in the floodwater impacting approximately 160 homes/dwellings/commercial structures located in or near the floodplain. Approximately 50-60 structures flooded within the finished living space. On September 7, 2011, the Board of Commissioners approved the quick buy concept, appropriated $2 million in funding from Storm Water’s available fund balance and adopted the resolution for an Eligibility & Prioritization Plan for a Voluntary Property Acquisition Program. Approximately 20 properties meet the eligibility criteria.

Employee Awards

The Board recognized employee award winners in three categories: Customer Service Heroes, Team of the Year and Gerald G. Fox Employee of the Year Award. The County’s Team of the Year Award, sponsored by the County’s Diversity Council: Members of the DSS Compliance and Quality Assurance Team. The County’s 2011 Customer Service Hero Award Winners: Service Quality: Janice Blackman, Human Services Finance; Ethics: Donnie Munson, Department of Social Services; Timeliness: Gladys Moreno, Parks & Recreation; Courtesy & Respect: Michael Sexton, Community Support; Communications: Sgt. Karen McRae, Sheriff’s Office. Audrey Lorraine Terry of Child Support Enforcement was recognized as the winner of the 2011 Gerald G. Fox Employee of the Year Award.

Jeff Gordon Expressway

The Board approved a resolution (initiated by NASCAR) asking the North Carolina Board of Transportation Mecklenburg County to designate a portion of Interstate 85 as the “Jeff Gordon Expressway” for his 85th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and his humanitarian efforts in Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina. The portion of Interstate 85 for which the request is being made (located in the unincorporated area of Mecklenburg County closest to the Charlotte Motor Speedway) is the segment from the City of Charlotte corporate limit line to the Mecklenburg/Cabarrus county line. This is a designation and not a street or road name change and, therefore, a public hearing is not required by the North Carolina General Statutes.

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