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Commission Capsule - November 1, 2011
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services Volunteers

The Board recognized the contributions of volunteers involved in protecting and restoring the quality of our valuable surface water resources. CMSWS has five volunteer water quality restoration programs:

  • Adopt –A-Stream Program: Volunteers are assigned a section of stream that they walk a minimum of twice a year removing trash and debris.
  • Storm Drain Marking Program: Volunteers place markers on storm drain hoods that read “Do Not Dump, Drains to Creek” in both English and Spanish. This serves as a valuable educational tool for preventing illegal dumping of waste oil, paint and other pollutants down these drains, which negatively impacts water quality.
  • Volunteer Monitoring: This program includes the collection of qualitative and quantitative water quality data by volunteer groups along specific stream segments a minimum of ten times during the year to assess local stream health.
  • Big Sweep: BIG SWEEP is an annual, statewide event held on the first Saturday in October that calls volunteers to remove trash and debris from creeks, lakes and rivers.
  • Creek Releaf: One of the most popular volunteer programs is Creek Releaf, which is a collaborative effort with CPCC and the Sierra Club to plant trees in floodplains and stream buffers in Mecklenburg County.
Vision 2020 Community and Corporate Scorecard

The Board approved modifications to the Community and Corporate Scorecard for the County’s 2020 Vision Plan. The scorecard provides data the County Manager’s Office collected from residents and employees between November 2010 and January 2011 on priorities for the community and organization over the next ten years.Based on this information, seven themes emerged as Critical Success Factors, which were adopted by the Board of County Commissioners:
  • Affordability
  • Sustainability
  • Jobs/Workforce & Economic Development
  • High School Graduation & Literacy 
  • Service Investments & Delivery Model 
  • Fiscal Discipline
  • Operational Excellence
Child Support Enforcement Update

The management and fiscal operations of Child Support Enforcement (CSE) for Mecklenburg County transitioned from state management to County management on July 1, 2010. In a presentation to the Board, Child Support Enforcement Director Joan Kennedy outlined the department’s services, accomplishments and challeneges during FY 11.

FY 2012 County Manager’s Compensation

The Board’s Compensation Committee reviewed the annual performance and current compensation for County Manager Harry Jones and approved an increase of 1.5% in the manager’s base salary.

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